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  • Here are 21 Books You Should Read in 2017

    01/08/2017 9:15:35 AM PST · by Mercat · 85 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | Daniel David
    After the raucous ride of 2016, there’s a lot to be said for hitting the books for some good reading. Whether it’s history, policy, or religion that you find most interesting, here is an assortment of books that our friends from The Heritage Foundation recommend.
  • Lt. Gen. James Mattis Professional Reading List

    12/01/2016 8:20:27 PM PST · by US Navy Vet · 36 replies
    Goodreads Inc ^ | 01 Dec 2016
    Lt. Gen. James Mattis (USMC) is known as one of the most accomplished commanders in recent history and as one of the finest Marines to walk this planet. He also is a dedicated reader, and credits some of his success in the middle east to studying the works of those who had gone before him. This list is assembled from this list of required reading for CENTCOM USMC officers
  • US Civil War reading Recommendations?

    11/23/2016 6:01:04 PM PST · by Loud Mime · 681 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 11/23/2016 | Loud Mime
    I am studying our Civil War; anybody have any recommendations for reading?
  • Osama Bin Laden's Surprising Taste in Literature

    05/21/2015 7:51:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 05/21/2015 | Adam Chandler
    On Wednesday, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) released what it called “a sizeable tranche of documents recovered during the raid on the compound used to hide Usama bin Ladin.” A sorted list of those materials appears in a slick web production on the ODNI’s website entitled “Bin Ladin’s Bookshelf.” What Was Released Among the materials made public were previously classified documents, non-classified documents, and a trove of English-language materials found at Bin Laden’s Abbottabad compound following his death in a raid by U.S. Navy SEALs in 2011. That includes letters, public American government documents, religious sermons,...
  • World War II’s Strangest Battle: When Americans and Germans Fought Together

    05/13/2013 1:16:46 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 40 replies
    The most extraordinary things about this truly incredible tale of World War II are that it hasn’t been told before in English, and that it hasn’t already been made into a blockbuster Hollywood movie. Here are the basic facts: on 5 May 1945—five days after Hitler’s suicide—three Sherman tanks from the 23rd Tank Battalion of the U.S. 12th Armored Division under the command of Capt. John C. ‘Jack’ Lee Jr., liberated an Austrian castle called Schloss Itter in the Tyrol, a special prison that housed various French VIPs, including the ex-prime ministers Paul Reynaud and Eduard Daladier and former commanders-in-chief...
  • ...a tale that inspired Apocalypse Now: Obama brings home Heart of Darkness for White House reading

    11/30/2014 8:14:58 AM PST · by hulagirl · 25 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | November 29, 2014 | Kieran Corcoran
  • WWII’s Strangest Battle: When Americans and Germans Fought Together

    01/19/2014 5:43:24 PM PST · by Jacob Kell · 49 replies
    War history Online ^ | January 19, 2014
    Days after Hitler’s suicide a group of American soldiers, French prisoners, and, yes, German soldiers defended an Austrian castle against an SS division—the only time Germans and Allies fought together in World War II. Andrew Roberts on a story so wild that it has to be made into a movie. The most extraordinary things about Stephen Harding’s The Last Battle, a truly incredible tale of World War II, are that it hasn’t been told before in English, and that it hasn’t already been made into a blockbuster Hollywood movie. Here are the basic facts: on 5 May 1945—five days after...
  • What books are you currently reading?

    01/23/2012 8:52:51 PM PST · by WilliamEaton · 218 replies · 2+ views
    1/23/2012 | William Eaton
    What books are people currently reading? Any particular fiction or non-fiction of note? Any recommendations from some recent reads? I just downloaded the novel Hunter by Robert James Bidinotto for my kindle. It's an indie novel and has received good reviews on Amazon. Will report back once I finish up.
  • Ok fellow FreePs, what are you reading this Summer?

    07/18/2013 11:12:35 AM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 72 replies
    I am starting "The Guns of August: The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Classic About the Outbreak of World War I"
  • Pulitzer Prize Winners announced

    04/15/2013 12:36:44 PM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 13 replies ^ | 4/15/'13 |
    Click on the link to read the winners.
  • Catcher in the Rye dropped from US school curriculum [replaced with environmental propaganda]

    12/07/2012 10:25:09 AM PST · by grundle · 71 replies ^ | December 7, 2012
    American literature classics are to be replaced by insulation manuals and plant inventories in US classrooms by 2014. A new school curriculum which will affect 46 out of 50 states will make it compulsory for at least 70 per cent of books studied to be non-fiction, in an effort to ready pupils for the workplace. Books such as JD Salinger's Catcher in the Rye and Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird will be replaced by "informational texts" approved by the Common Core State Standards. Suggested non-fiction texts include Recommended Levels of Insulation by the the US Environmental Protection Agency, and...
  • Summer Reading List Ideas for a New College Conservative (Vanity)

    07/17/2012 4:44:19 PM PDT · by bushwon · 64 replies
    vanity~me | July 17, 2012 | Bushwon
    Interested in some ideas for a very basic basic primer to provide some foundation for a new college conservative going on a road trip...nothing too involved--just an easy-to-read basic first book that will provide basic information on politics, culture, economy from a conservative (or limited government libertarian) viewpoint.
  • Book Review: 'In Chambers' edited by Todd C. Peppers and Artemus Ward (Supreme Court & its clerks)

    06/17/2012 9:52:13 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 9 replies
    Lehigh Live ^ | April 9, 2012
    They've been called “Courtiers of the Marble Palace” and “Sorcerers' Apprentices.” But to the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court, their law clerks are much more: sparring partners, workhorses and, often, extended family. Each of the court's nine justices hires several law clerks for yearlong stints, newly minted lawyers from top law schools who have impeccable credentials. The role of a clerk includes assisting the justices in determining what cases to take, preparing them for the oral arguments and helping write opinions. Now a new collection of essays, “In Chambers: Stories of Supreme Court Law Clerks and Their Justices” (University...
  • What Are You Reading Now? - My Quarterly Thread

    07/07/2011 12:57:12 PM PDT · by MplsSteve · 200 replies
    7/07/11 | MplsSteve
    Hi everyone! I hope your 4th of July was a good one. it's time again for my quarterly "What Are You Reading Now?" thread. As you know, I consider Freepers to be among the most well-read of those of us on the Internet and I like to see what other Freepers are reading these days. It can be anything - a classic novel, a trashy pulp romance, a technical journal, etc. Please do not deile this thread by posting "I'm reading this thread". it became very unfunny a long time ago. I'll start. I'm just finishing "Chancellorsville 1863: The Souls...
  • What Are You Reading? - My Quarterly Survey

    03/29/2011 9:52:18 AM PDT · by MplsSteve · 246 replies
    3/29/11 | MplsSteve
    Hi everyone! It's time again for my "What Are You Reading?" thread. As you know, I consider Freepers to be among the more well-read of those of us on the Internet. I like to find out what all of you are reading these days. It can be anything...a technical journal, a NY Times best seller, a classic work of fiction, a trashy pulp novel. In short, it can be anything. However, please do not defile this thread by posting "I'm reading this thread". it became really unfunny a long time ago. I'll start. I'm about 15% of the way thru...
  • Book To Read

    11/12/2009 7:55:30 PM PST · by Allen In Texas Hill Country · 60 replies · 1,224+ views
    I have 3 weeks of air and ship time starting in a few days and need a good book to read. I'm trying to think of what I'd like to read but have been unable to come up with anything specific. I'm open to most/any suggestions. Thanks
  • Sarah Palin's Reading List: C.S. Lewis, Dean Karnazes, Newsmax, Wall Street Journal

    12/09/2010 1:05:02 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    ABC News ^ | 12/09/2010 | Lauren Sher
    What newspapers do you read? It was the question that arguably did Sarah Palin the most harm during the 2008 election. When the Republican vice presidential candidate could not name for Katie Couric which magazines or papers she regularly read that informed her worldview, it fueled the perception among voters that she was not ready for national office. In an interview with Barbara Walters, Palin set the record straight. "I read anything and everything that I can get my hands on as I have since I was a little girl," Palin told Walters in an interview to air tonight on...
  • What Are You Reading Now? - My Quarterly Survey

    07/12/2010 10:39:11 AM PDT · by MplsSteve · 170 replies · 6+ views
    Hi, everyone! It's time again for my quarterly "What Are You Reading Now?" survey. As you know, I consider Freepers to be among the more well-read groups currently on the Internet. Each quart, I like to find out what everyone is reading. It can be anything...a technical journal, a NY Times best-seller, a trashy pulp short, anything! Please do not ruin this thread by posting something inane like "I'm reading this post". It became very unfunny a long time ago. I'll start. I'm reading a historical biography called "John L Lewis: Labor Leader" by Robert Zieger. I have found...
  • Figures. Michelle Obama Stocked White House Library with Books on Socialism

    02/17/2010 8:01:39 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 35 replies · 2,412+ views
    Gateway Pundit ^ | Feb. 17, 2010 | Jim Hoft
    It figures. Michelle Obama stocked the White House Library with books on socialism.
  • What are your Favorite Adventure Books?

    02/05/2010 8:42:20 AM PST · by MtnClimber · 114 replies · 1,586+ views
    MtnClimber | February 5, 2010 | Vanity
    Was just wondering what the favorite adventure novels are for Freepers out there. Fiction or non-fiction.
  • Stan Evans @ Bloggers Briefing

    12/15/2009 7:59:51 AM PST · by bs9021 · 257+ views
    AIA-FL Blog ^ | December 15, 2009 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Stan Evans @ Bloggers Briefing Malcolm A. Kline, December 15, 2009 At the Heritage Foundation blogger’s briefing from 12-1 on December 15, 2009, M. Stanton Evans will be giving a few remarks on Voodoo Anyone? How to Understand Economics Without Really Trying. Evans wrote the forward to Accuracy in Academia’s first textbook by the late Christopher T. Warden and had served as a friend and mentor to him. “This is a book that’s long been needed—and is needed nowadays more than ever,” Evans wrote in the forward. “‘Economics for journalists’ may sound like a dry, academic subject, but as recent...
  • Voodoo on Kindle

    12/08/2009 8:22:48 AM PST · by bs9021 · 297+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | December 8, 2009 | Sarah Schaerr Norton
    Voodoo on Kindle Sarah Schaerr Norton, December 8, 2009 WASHINGTON, December 7, 2009–In Voodoo Anyone? How to Understand Economics Without Really Trying, journalist and educator Christopher T. Warden shows how markets work and what happens when they are bypassed. Warden passed away in January of 2009; Voodoo Anyone? is being published posthumously by Accuracy in Academia. “This is a book that’s long been needed–and is needed nowadays more than ever… As the reader of these pages will discover, [Warden] had a knack for putting complicated things in everyday language, using anecdotes and familiar examples that made his points in forceful,...
  • Rendezvous With Density

    12/18/2009 9:11:47 AM PST · by bs9021 · 3 replies · 385+ views
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | December 18, 2009 | Bethany Stotts
    Rendezvous With Density Bethany Stotts, December 18, 2009 Will health care reform lead to the rationing of medical care? M. Stanton Evans, author and journalist, argued that it certainly will in a recent Accuracy in Media Take AIM radio show. He also reminded listeners that the push for rationing in health care is far from a recent political phenomenon. “…I know a lot about our system and I can tell you that the government has done about everything wrong vis à vis our health care system as it could possibly do,” said Evans, who penned the introduction to Accuracy in...
  • Veteran Journalist Recommends Voodoo Anyone?

    01/07/2010 7:36:29 AM PST · by bs9021 · 204+ views
    AIA-FL Blog ^ | January 7, 2010 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Veteran Journalist Recommends Voodoo Anyone? Malcolm A. Kline, January 7, 2010 Veteran journalist Wes Vernon gave Accuracy in Academia’s first textbook an unreserved rave in a review in The Washington Times. “In an ideal world, Voodoo Anyone? would be required reading for every journalist who communicates with the public on politics and economics,” Vernon wrote. “That would emphatically include the overwhelming majority in the mainstream media.” “Even sportswriters or commentators should understand the market forces at play for the stratospheric salaries accorded football players, just as entertainment writers have some familiarity with celebrity performers whose pay dwarfs that of their...
  • Voodoo Anyone? Lauded in U.S. Senate

    01/06/2010 11:42:23 AM PST · by bs9021 · 2 replies · 349+ views
    AIA-FL Blog ^ | January 6, 2010 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Voodoo Anyone? lauded in U.S. Senate Malcolm A. Kline, January 6, 2010 Last month U. S. Senator Michael Enzi, R-Wyoming, recommended Accuracy in Academia’s new textbook to his colleagues in remarks on the Senate floor. “I think this book was delivered to every office,” he noted. “I got one in my office.” “It is called Voodoo Anyone? It is How to understand economics without really trying. I do hope every Senator finds their copy of this book and takes a look at it because it talks about prices, how prices are set, what affects prices, what happens when you fix...
  • I, SNIPER by Stephen Hunter

    01/13/2010 9:51:56 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 4 replies · 576+ views
    Myself ^ | 13 Jan 2010 | Rummyfan
    Just finished Stephen Hunter's lastest Bob Lee Swagger novel, I, SNIPER, and it is excellent. I highly recommend it to all Freepers and all Hunter fans. One excerpt that sums up the MSM these days:The narrative is the set of assumptions the press believes in, possibly without even knowing that it believes in them.... it's a set of casual, nonrigorous assumptions about a reality they've never really experienced that's arranged in such a way as to reinforce their best and most ideal presumptions about themselves and their importance to the system and the way they've chosen to live their lives....
  • Duck and Cover: It’s the New Survivalism

    04/05/2008 5:57:03 PM PDT · by shrinkermd · 36 replies · 263+ views
    New York Times ^ | 6 April 08 | By ALEX WILLIAMS
    ...Preparedness activity is difficult to track statistically, since people who take measures are usually highly circumspect by nature, said Jim Rawles, the editor of, a preparedness Web site. Nevertheless, interest in the survivalist movement “is experiencing its largest growth since the late 1970s,” Mr. Rawles said in an e-mail, adding that traffic at his blog has more than doubled in the past 11 months, with more than 67,000 unique visitors per week. And its base is growing. “Our core readership is still solidly conservative,” he said. “But in recent months I’ve noticed an increasing number of stridently green and...
  • – Prepared Individuals Living in Uncertain Times (Guns, food and ammo...)

    08/02/2009 7:09:20 PM PDT · by appleseed · 21 replies · 2,071+ views ^ | August 1st, 2009
    Somewhere West of the Rockies - -(’s featured Gun Blogger of the Month, for August 2009, is the James Wesley, Rawles (JWR) is a survivalist author and lecturer. JWR is also the editor of “I’m also a former U.S. Army intelligence officer, and now work as a full-time blogger and freelance writer. This blog reflects my interests. I’ve been an enthusiastic survivalist since my teenage years. I grew up in the Bomb Shelter era, and that mind set just never wore off” says James Wesley, Rawles. The first amazing thing about the is JWR has not...
  • J.W. Rawles to be guest on Laura Ingraham's show Monday(author of "Patriots")

    10/04/2009 10:31:10 AM PDT · by dynachrome · 12 replies · 608+ views ^ | 10-4-09 | J.W. Rawles
    Sunday October 4 2009 Notes from JWR: I'm scheduled to be guest on the Laura Ingraham syndicated talk radio show tomorrow (Monday, October 5th), to discuss preparedness topics, from 11:15 AM to 11:45 AM Eastern Time (8:15 AM to 8:45 AM Pacific Time.) She is heard on more than 300 radio stations, on XM Radio, and on the Internet in both live streaming and podcasts.
  • Thirteen Outstanding Books of the Past Decade

    12/30/2009 5:51:26 PM PST · by Captain Kirk · 29 replies · 1,300+ views
    Liberty and Power at the History News Network ^ | December 30, 2009 | Robert Higgs
    The end of a year or a decade tempts many of us to make up lists of the best or the worst of things—events, movies, songs, books—during the interval that is coming to a close. Having consumed many such lists, I now undertake to produce one of my own, with a twist. The twist is that I cannot in good conscience represent my list as one that contains the best books of the past decade. My reading is much too limited for me to make up such a list, and I have no doubt that many excellent books were published...
  • My interview of a former CIA operative : "Democrats see CIA as a political ally"

    12/09/2008 12:20:33 PM PST · by drzz · 9 replies · 1,152+ views
    READ THE INTERVIEW ^ | 12 09 2008 | drzz
    My interview ("le blog drzz", a French conservative website) of Ishmael Jones, former CIA operative in the National Clandestine Service (1987-2005). "I’m concerned that the Democrats view the CIA as a political ally and are not aware of the danger we face from poor intelligence. The CIA provided Democrats with plentiful anti-Bush information during the Bush years, and nearly cut down President Bush with the Plame incident and the Iraq WMD controversies." READ THE EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW (see link). Ishmael Jones (pseudonym) is a former member of the Central Intelligence Agency. He joined the agency in the 1980s, where he served...
  • Heart of the Assassin

    09/14/2009 11:11:44 AM PDT · by mrmystery · 24 replies · 1,127+ views
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 9-14-2009 | Dave Forsmark
    Perhaps the most anticipated popular fiction offering of the year for readers of this column is Heart of the Assassin, (Scribner, $25.95) Robert Ferrigno's final volume in his trilogy about a future America split by civil war and dominated by Islamic rule.
  • Science Fiction literature thread

    10/21/2009 10:21:53 AM PDT · by Nachum · 71 replies · 2,083+ views ^ | 10/21/09 | Nachum
    I thought I would start a thread for all of you Science Fiction and Fantasy readers. I know it has been done in the past, but it seemed like a good time to run it again. If you have any favorite books or stories to recommend post it for others to share. I have received some excellent advice on some good reads. Maybe you have a good title or author to recommend.
  • What Are You Reading Now? - My Quarterly Survey

    10/02/2009 8:21:19 AM PDT · by MplsSteve · 167 replies · 3,198+ views
    10/02/09 | MplsSteve
    OK everyone, it's time again for my quarterly "What Are You Reading Now?" survey. I always ask this because I consider most Freepers to be extremely well-read, possibly some of the more well-read groups on the Web. What you are currently reading can be anything - a technical journal, an NY Times bestseller, a classic novel, in short anything. Please do not defile this thread by replying "I'm reading this thread". It became un-funny a long time ago. I'll start. I'm reading "The Approaching Fury: Voices Of The Storm (1820-1861) by Stephen Oates. This book covers the major controversies and...
  • Hotels' 'most left behind' books revealed [Obama 2nd Place]

    09/13/2009 12:04:50 PM PDT · by trueamerica · 24 replies · 946+ views
    The Shuttle ^ | September 2, 2009
    THE literary works of Katie Price, Barack Obama and Dawn French are the most readily discarded reads in UK hotel rooms in 2009 a new report reveals today. Topping this year’s Travelodge’s “books left behind index” is Jordan’s third autobiography, Pushed to the Limit, In which she reveals the tough times she has faced in the last couple of years concerning marriage, children and turning from glamour model to businesswoman. In second place is Dreams from My Father, Barack Obama’s moving account of his journey towards understanding both his father's life and his own cultural inheritance. British actress, writer, comedienne...
  • Summer reading assignment creates controversy with some parents

    09/02/2009 4:45:21 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 10 replies · 857+ views
    Sunbeam Television Corp. ^ | September 2, 2009
    HINGHAM, Mass. -- A summer reading assignment for high school students in Hingham has caused some controversy with some parents. President Obama's "Dreams from My Father," was listed on the Hingham High School's summer reading list.
  • Reading List for Liberals (Vanity)

    08/25/2009 9:17:58 PM PDT · by Laserman · 64 replies · 1,868+ views
    NA | Vanity
    Need recommendations for a Reading List for a Liberal to learn about Conservative values and positions on issues.
  • Barack Obama's holiday reading list rings false

    08/25/2009 7:52:44 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 12 replies · 774+ views
    Telegraph Blogs (U.K.) ^ | August 25, 2009 | Daniel Hannan
    Nope, sorry, I don’t believe it. Barack Obama’s choice of holiday reading has been concocted by a spin-doctor. I mean, look at it: a heavyweight (and brilliant) biography of John Adams by David McCullough is set off by a goody-goody eco-book and three novels. All bases covered, then: brainy, but still a regular guy. Yeah, right. It’s a pity, because when Obama gave his all-time favourite reading list during the campaign, it rang true. He even admitted to being inspired by Shakespeare’s tragedies (it would have been slightly creepy if a man of his intelligence didn’t revere our national poet...
  • Barack Obama reveals his reading list for Martha's Vineyard holiday

    08/24/2009 10:34:55 PM PDT · by pissant · 25 replies · 1,224+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | 8/25/09 | Tom Leonard
    The US president arrived with his family on Sunday for a week-long break on the picturesque Massachusetts island of Martha's Vineyard in which he hopes to devote his time to golf and his family. However, he may also have his head down in a book for much of the time after the White House revealed he had taken five titles to read at the secluded private estate where they are staying. It was not clear who had chosen the books but they cover the gamut of worthier tomes on history and the environment to crime novels. In total, the five...
  • What Obama's reading on the Vineyard

    08/24/2009 10:34:49 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 43 replies · 1,242+ views ^ | August 24, 2009
    (CNN) — The White House has said President Obama plans to play golf and spend time with his family during his week away from Washington. But it appears the president also wants to get some reading in: a lot of it. White House spokesman Bill Burton told reporters Monday Obama's vacation reading list comprises five books, including tomes from New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman and historian David McCullough.
  • What Are You Reading Now? - My (Belated) Quarterly Survey

    07/29/2009 7:23:00 AM PDT · by MplsSteve · 177 replies · 7,067+ views
    Well, it's time again for my quarterly "What Are You Reading Now?" thread. I do this thread to gauge what other Freepers are reading. As all of you know, Freepers are probably some of the more well-read individuals on the Internet and I'm always curious as to what we're reading. It can be anything, a classic work of fiction, a NY Times bestseller, a technical journal, a trashy pulp short anything. Please do not ruin this thread by replying "I'm reading this thread". It become un-funny a long time ago. I'll start. I'm about halfway thru "The Horrid Pit:...
  • Summer reading recommendations -- What are you reading?

    07/13/2009 11:59:07 AM PDT · by ChocChipCookie · 157 replies · 3,107+ views
    July 13, 2009 | ChocChipCookie
    I haven't seen a good summer reading thread, so I thought I'd start one. What books have you read so far this summer, what are you currently reading, and what is in your book stack? I just started reading The Doomsday Key by James Rollins. So far it has an interesting premise, genetically altered foods, but I am only about 1/8 of the way through. I will probably read Glenn Beck's Common Sense and maybe Dred Scott's Revenge by Judge Napolitano. I love hearing what everyone else is reading!
  • 10 Best Books on Great Depression?

    07/05/2009 5:05:33 AM PDT · by SolidWood · 15 replies · 2,200+ views
    Vanity | July 5, 2009 | Me
    A nephew of mine is doing some project/study work on the Great Depression. I have tons of history books, but very little on economical history and the Great Depression. I'd like him to avoid Roosevelt adulating propaganda. What do you consider the authorative and most relevant books on the Great Depression and the (etatist) measures certain States (particularily US and Europeans) have taken against it? Thanks for your help.
  • The Best Kids’ Books Ever

    07/05/2009 5:12:41 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 42 replies · 2,131+ views
    New York Times ^ | July 4, 2009 | Nicholas D. Kristof
    ... A mountain of research points to a central lesson: Pry your kids away from the keyboard and the television this summer, and get them reading. Let me help by offering my list of the Best Children’s Books — Ever! So here they are, in ascending order of difficulty, and I can vouch that these are also great to read aloud. 1. “Charlotte’s Web.” The story of the spider who saves her friend, the pig, is the kindest representation of an arthropod in literary history. 2. The Hardy Boys series. Yes, I hear the snickers. But I devoured them myself...
  • Reading Into Obama's Bedside Book Selection

    05/06/2009 10:36:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies · 732+ views
    NBC Washington ^ | Thu, May 7, 2009 | Howard Fineman
    Here’s a small but revealing sliver of news concerning our cool, hard-to-fathom president: According to his closest advisor, David Axelrod, Barack Obama really likes the novel he’s reading right now. In fact, he likes it “a lot.” The First Novel for the First Reader (revealed by David Leonhardt in The New York Times) is “Netherland,” by Joseph O’Neill — an Irishman schooled in Holland and Britain and now living in New York City. It’s a much-praised, elegantly written, alternately inspiring, and grim portrait of present-day Gotham. O’Neill sees New York as an anything-goes metropolis, teeming with immigrants of color who...
  • Mind-changing Books (Thomas Sowell)

    04/07/2009 4:11:13 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 40 replies · 1,823+ views
    Creators Syndicate ^ | April 7, 2009 | Thomas Sowell
    From time to time, readers ask me what books have made the biggest difference in my life. I am not sure how to answer that question because the books that happened to set me off in a particular direction at a particular time may have no profound or valuable message for others— and can even be books I no longer believe in today. The first book that got me interested in political issues was Actions and Passions by Max Lerner, which I read at age 19. It was a collection of his newspaper columns, none of which I remember today...
  • What Are You Reading Now? - My Quarterly Survey

    03/30/2009 6:47:37 AM PDT · by MplsSteve · 222 replies · 5,054+ views
    3/30/09 | MplsSteve
    OK everyone, it's time for my quarterly "What Are You Reading Now" survey. I do this to gauge what Freepers are reading these days. Amongst many Internet sites, I find Freepers to be some of the most well-read. It can be old classic, a trashy pulp novel, a technical journal, etc. Please do not defile this thread by replying "I'm reading this post". It became extraordinarily un-funny a long time ago. I'll start. I'm two pages into "Inside Gitmo: The True Story Behind the Myths of Guantanmo Bay" by Gordon Cucullu. It looks to be quite interesting. Barack Obama...
  • Which books to collect, and what are they worth?

    03/29/2009 10:50:54 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 25 replies · 982+ views
    Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | 29 mar 09 | Vin Suprynowicz
    About a year ago, a writer for one of the town's less-than-every-day papers infamously reported with regret that the Reading Room bookstore at Mandalay Place inside the Mandalay Bay was closing, leaving Las Vegas without any independent booksellers. Las Vegas was not and still is not without independent booksellers, needless to say, and I'm not merely talking about the Philadelphia-based (and markedly upscale) Bauman's Rare Books, which moved into Sheldon Adelson's Palazzo last year. Check out
  • Need Help Choosing an Audiobook for Long Trip - Vanity

    03/27/2009 11:40:18 AM PDT · by Yaelle · 71 replies · 1,179+ views
    self | 03/27/09 | self
    We are going on a long car trip, with kids in the back. There will be a long stretch of desert without much radio. We adults would like to listen to something interesting on the trip. We have already purchased the audio to Mark Levin's Liberty and Tyranny for the way there. On the way back, we'd love a mystery or something really gripping. Here is where you come in. Those of you who listen to audiobooks, or read mysteries, can you think of one that you loved, not too feminine please, got to please the guys, that does NOT...
  • What he's reading, exploding toaster edition

    03/22/2009 8:22:12 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 28 replies · 1,302+ views
    Politico ^ | 3.20.2009 | Ben Smith
    Obama, last night on Leno: When you buy a toaster, if it explodes in your face there's a law that says your toasters need to be safe. But when you get a credit card, or you get a mortgage, there's no law on the books that says if that explodes in your face financially, somehow you're going to be protected.