Archive for ‘Holiday Book Sale’

December 22, 2008

HOLIDAY BOOKS: ORDER NOW!

(Bumped and updated because this is the last day of guaranteed 2-day Christmas shipping at Amazon.com.) Less than 10 days One week FIVE DAYS FOUR DAYS until Christmas! What to do? Run out to the mall, fight the crowds, and buy some them some crappy socks or a sausage-and-cheese package?

Instead, why not save yourself the hassle and order from our 2008 Holiday Book Sale? It’s easy, and Amazon will deliver your gifts nationwide.

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December 4, 2008

Holiday Books: Regnery on Conservatism

Only 20 shopping days until Christmas!

The 2008 Holiday Book Sale continues with Al Regnery’s Upstream: The Ascendance of American Conservatism. This is a valuable history of the movement that changed America, told by one of the participants, and based on interviews with dozens who were eyewitnesses to that history. Regnery shows how the intellectual stream of conservatism intersected with political activism to produce the powerful movement that first spectacularly failed (with the defeat of Goldwater in 1964 and the subsequent Nixonian detour) before succeeding with the election of Ronald Reagan and the “Republican Revolution” of 1994. Regnery ends with sober reflections on the Bush era.

Regnery, by the way, is no fan of “compassionate conservatism,” “national greatness” and other big-government Republican heresies. In the December/January double issue of the American Spectator (subscribe now!), Regnery takes aim at an icon of the “national greatness” crowd by recommending Thomas DiLorenzo’s Hamilton’s Curse: How Jefferson’s Arch Enemy Betrayed the American Revolution–and What It Means for Americans Today. Regnery’s recommendation alone makes this a book worth reading.

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December 2, 2008

Sarah Palin is Joe McCarthy?

Neal Gabler doesn’t mean it as a compliment:

For the polite conservatives, McCarthy was useful. That’s because he wasn’t only attacking alleged communists and the Democrats whom he accused of shielding them. He was also attacking the entire centrist American establishment, the Eastern intellectuals and the power class, many of whom were Republicans themselves, albeit moderate ones. . . . Moderate Republicans, not Democrats, led the fight against him. . . .
McCarthyism is usually considered a virulent form of Red-baiting and character assassination. But it is much more than that. As historian Richard Hofstadter described it in his famous essay, “The Paranoid Style in American Politics,” McCarthyism is a way to build support by playing on the anxieties of Americans, actively convincing them of danger and conspiracy even where these don’t exist.

Of course, Gabler’s reference to the tendentious Professor Hofstadter takes us back to the Adorno/Frankfurt School of political psychoanalysis. But the Reds whom McCarthy baited weren’t Oedipal complexes or Rorschach’s inblots. They were genuine Communist agents and communist sympathizers in government, influencing U.S. policy in a pro-Stalin/pro-Mao direction, and the true story of McCarthy’s courageous crusade to expose this subversion is the subject of M. Stanton Evan’s excellent book, Blacklisted by History.

Buy one for yourself, buy another as a gift to someone you love, and be sure to check out the other selections in the 2008 Holiday Book Sale.

November 29, 2008

Holiday Books: Family values

Only 27 shopping days until Christmas!

The 2008 Holiday Book Sale continues with three great books addressing the “culture war” issues of marriage, family and sexuality:

  • Barbara Dafoe Whitehead’s The Divorce Culture: Rethinking Our Commitments to Marriage and Family is a mind-opening examination of the historical development of our society’s attitudes toward marriage and divorce. This is a book I enthusiastically recommend to anyone who wants to understand the crisis that currently afflicts the American family.
  • Carolyn Graglia’s Domestic Tranquility: A Brief Against Feminism is the best defense of traditional womanhood you’ll ever read. Keep in mind that Graglia graduated law school back in the pre-feminist era, so she offers a powerful first-person debunking of the feminist myth that the “women’s movement” was necessary to women’s “empowerment.”
  • Ten years after it was first published, Wendy Shalit’s A Return to Modesty: Discovering the Lost Virtue remains a powerful rebuttal to the barbaric culture of promiscuity. Shalit takes on our society’s popular mythology of the evils of sexual “repression” in a way that is elegant, intelligent and persuasive.

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  • 11/28:

Black Friday Special

  • 11/27: Civil War
  • 11/26: Immigration
  • 11/25: Thomas Sowell
  • 11/24: The Great Depression
  • 11/23: Blacklisted by History
  • 11/22: Mises & Hayek
  • 11/21: White Guilt by Shelby Steele
  • November 28, 2008

    Holiday Books: Black Friday Special

    Only 27 shopping days until Christmas, and for today’s installment of the 2008 Holiday Book Sale, we round up the previous seven days of featured books. Let your wife go fight the crowds standing in line for those 4 a.m. Black Friday “door-buster specials” while you save time and money by shopping at Amazon.com. Great books delivered nationwide — ORDER NOW!

    11/27: THE CIVIL WAR

    11/26: IMMIGRATION

    11/25: THOMAS SOWELL

    11/24: THE GREAT DEPRESSION

    11/23: BLACKLISTED BY HISTORY

    11/22: MISES & HAYEK

    11/21: WHITE GUILT BY SHELBY STEELE

    November 27, 2008

    Holiday Books: Civil War

    Only 28 shopping days until Christmas!

    The 2008 Holiday Book Sale continues with a bonanza of excellent titles about The War. (When a Southerner says “The War,” there’s never any need to wonder which war he’s talking about.)

    Shelby Foote’s epic trilogy, The Civil War: A Narrative, should be in every American home. Foote sought to write a history worthy of Homer, and that high ambition makes his account a genuine classic. Foote’s work is especially important because of the attention he gives to the Western theater of the war, which is sometimes slighted by historians more fascinated with the war in Virginia. Douglas Southall Freeman was arguably the greatest historian of the war, and his magnificent 4-volume biography of R.E. Lee — now available in a 650-page abridged version — and his Lee’s Lieutenants: A Study in Command are must-have titles for any serious student of the war.

    Bruce Catton was not only an excellent historian, but a great prose stylist, and I heartily recommend his account of U.S. Grant’s wartime leadership, Grant Moves South: 1861-1863 and Grant Takes Command: 1863-1865. Perhaps no campaign of the war was more fateful than W.T. Sherman’s advance through Georgia to capture Atlanta in 1864, and Albert Castel’s Decision in the West: The Atlanta Campaign of 1864 is the best chronicle of that dramatic chapter of the war.

    Finally, every student of the war should try to get past the interpretations of historians and see the conflict as it was seen by the men who fought it:

    • Richard Taylor’s wonderful Destruction and Reconstruction is a book that every student of the war should read. The son of President Zachary Taylor, Gen. Richard Taylor commanded a brigade under Stonewall Jackson in the Valley Campaign of 1862, later defeated Gen. Banks in the Red River Campaign, and in 1865, surrendered the last Confederate army east of the Mississippi. A Yale graduate with a sarcastic wit, Taylor filled his memoir with clever literary and historical allusions that will bring a smile to the face of the erudite reader.
    • Henry Kyd Douglas was a Marylander who served under Jackson and J.E.B. Stuart, and his memoir, I Rode with Stonewall, is one of the best of its kind. Of particular interest are Douglas’s memories of famed artillerist John Pelham and his account of the Battle of Sharpsburg, which was fought in his own backyard, so to speak.
    • Robert E. Lee called James Longstreet his “war horse,” and Longstreet’s From Manassas to Appomattox is the only account of the war written by one of Lee’s corps commanders. While many dispute Longstreet’s version of events at Gettysburg — the most controversial episode of his career — it is nevertheless an invaluable first-person account by one of the most important soldiers of the war.

    There is no need to launch a frontal assault on the shopping mall, battle for a parking space and then wage hand-to-hand combat with the crowds. Peace is at hand with Amazon.com! Just one click and you can have your gifts delivered nationwide. Why wait? ORDER NOW!

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    November 26, 2008

    Holiday Books: Immigration

    Only 29 shopping days until Christmas!

    The 2008 Holiday Book Sale continues with three excellent books on the immigration issue:

    • Michelle Malkin’s Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists, Criminals and Other Foreign Menaces to Our Shores shows how the issues of immigration and national security are intimately connected. Her riveting account of how Mohamed Atta and his fellow terrorists took advantage of lax immigration enforcement is particularly informative.
    • Peter Brimelow’s 1996 classic, Alien Nation: Common Sense About America’s Immigration Disaster is a lively debunking of the economic, political and cultural fallacies underlying the open-borders arguments. Brimelow’s account of the history of America’s immigration laws is especially important, given that conservatives are accused of heartless bigotry for wanting to enforce an immigration law drafted and supported by that mean-spirited right-winger . . . Ted Kennedy.
    • Pat Buchanan’s State of Emergency: The Third World Invasion and Conquest of America spent 10 weeks on the New York Times bestsellers list in 2006, even though such “conservative” journals as National Review refused even to acknowledge its publication, while it was (predictably) slammed by liberals. If it’s that politically incorrect, you know it’s got to be great!

    Let’s face it, if Thanksgiving reminds us of nothing else, it reminds us that the Indians paid the price for having a weak immigration policy. Now the country’s so overcrowded, you can’t even find a parking space at the mall. Fortunately, with Amazon.com, you don’t have to go to the mall. Just one click and you can have your gifts delivered nationwide. Why wait? ORDER NOW!

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    November 25, 2008

    Holiday Books: Thomas Sowell

    Only 30 shopping days until Christmas!

    The 2008 Holiday Book Sale continues with Thomas Sowell’s The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congralation as a Basis for Social Policy. Folks, this is a book that I can’t recommend strongly enough. It is simply the best one-volume analysis of liberalism ever written. Sowell provides a cogent explanation of the moral narcissism that is the essential basis of the liberal worldview.

    If you haven’t read The Vision of the Anointed yet, you should do so immediately, and buy copies for all your family and friends. And while you’re at it, go ahead and send ’em a copy of Basic Economics: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy, and The Quest for Cosmic Justice, two other great books by the same great mind. And remember, with Amazon.com, you get discount pricing with delivery anywhere in the country. Why wait? ORDER NOW!

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    November 24, 2008

    Holiday Books: The Great Depression

    Only 31 shopping days until Christmas!

    With Barack Obama trying to push grandiose economic “stimulus” boondoggles as the solution to the financial crisis, what better time to study the disastrous results of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal?

    The 2008 Holiday Book Sale continues with these three great titles: Amity Shlae’s highly praised The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression, Burt Folsom’s New Deal or Raw Deal? How FDR’s Economic Legacy Has Damaged America, and (thanks to Greg Ransom at PrestoPundit for the recommendation) Jim Powell’s FDR’s Folly: How Roosevelt and His New Deal Prolonged the Great Depression.

    These books will make great gifts for your Democratic friends — so they can have a depressing Christmas — and with Amazon.com, you get discount pricing with delivery anywhere in the country. Why wait? ORDER NOW!

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    11/23: Blacklisted by History
    11/22: Mises & Hayek
    11/21: White Guilty by Shelby Steele

    November 23, 2008

    Holiday Books: Blacklisted by History

    Only 32 shopping days until Christmas!

    The 2008 Holiday Book Sale continues with Stan Evans’ blockbuster, Blacklisted by History: The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy and His Fight Against America’s Enemies. Evans spent decades compiling this definitive account of one of the most controversial men in American history and his courageous crusade to expose how Communists and Soviet agents had penetrated the U.S. government. Evans debunks the liberal lies with page after page of never-before-published documents.

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