POLITICAL BOOKS

DETENTION IN SOUTH AFRICA

January 27 2012
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117 Days: An Account of Confinement and Interrogation Under the South African 90-Day Detention Law by Ruth First In prison you see only the moves of the enemy. Prison is the hardest place to fight a battle.’ 117 Days is Ruth First’s personal account of her detention under the iniquitous ’90-day’ law of 1963. There…

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POLITICAL BOOKS/ ISRAEL VS. ISLAM

April 25 2010
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Admittedly, this is a one-sided list but that does not detract from the power of the arguments each of these books contains. http://www.amazon.com/dp/1591025540/ref=pe_606_15135190_pe_ar_t2 Sample Reviews of two of the books: “Andrew Bostom produces a vast literature of Middle Eastern Islamic antisemitism, and critics may be as surprised at his conclusions as they are unable to…

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SO, SUE ME!

May 8 2009
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I don’t seek permission to reprint. I disdain such capitalist garbage. If you want to read a great book or see a very good movie, Constantine’s Sword is for you. Movie Review: Constantine’s Sword When Love of Religion Leads to Hatred of Others By STEPHEN HOLDEN April 18, 2008 “CONSTANTINE’S SWORD,” a 2007 documentary film…

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MAN BOOKER PRIZE

October 14 2008
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October 14, 2008 The Man Booker prize, Britain’s best-known and most generous literary award, is given annually to a novel written by an author from Britain, Ireland or the Commonwealth nations and is accompanied by a check for £50,000 — about $86,000. Aravind Adiga, 33, won the 40th Man Booker prize on Tuesday night for…

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WHY CAN’T A WOMAN BE MORE LIKE A MAN?

May 19 2008
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May 19, 2008 The answer, Dear Henry, is to ask a different question: Why should she be? It may be that she is better off not being like a man. Whatever the case, Susan Pinker, in her The Sexual Paradox: Men, Women, and the Real Gender Gap explores the gap, how it comes to be,…

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A BOOK FOR ALL SEASONS

May 18 2008
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May 18, 2008 Best new book of the year so far. Yes, you can call it a political book, if you need a niche in which to place it. Boxing: A Cultural History by Kasia Boddy (Reaktion/University of Chicago) The public has soured of late on the sweet science, and with ample reason: profit has…

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MOTHER TERESA/MAFIOSO AND ATHEISM

September 24 2007
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Christopher Hitchens, world-renowned culture critic, has made a career of dogging the footsteps of the venerable Mother Teresa. He wrote a book, detailing her connections with the Mafia a few years back. Now, he is attempting to prove she was an arrogant atheist. It sound wlldly implausible but Hitchens is a first-rate investigator and can’t…

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TWO BOOKS/ROBERT KAGAN AND TOM DELAY

April 11 2007
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It is a bit odd, I confess, lumping these two books together. The one by Kagan is thoughtful, scholarly and has a serious purpose. Delay’s book serves only the cause of himself. What justifies considering them together is that both authors are, or have been, powerful shakers in the Republican administration. Kagan’s book, Dangerous Nation:…

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READ ANY GOOD MAGAZINES LATELY?

March 16 2007
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Here are a few intriguing articles in America’s best magazines. Commentary………….Marriage and Caste in America: Separate and Unequal Families in a Post-Marital Age by Kay Hymowitz. The U.S. government recently announced that 36.8 percent of the children born in America in 2005 were born out of wedlock and into the arms of unmarried mothers with…

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THE HIRSI ALI STORY

March 12 2007
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If you don’t know who Hirsi Ali is, you should. In 2005, Ms. Ali was selected by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Ms. Ali was born in Mogadishu, Somalia in 1969 into the Islamic faith. Her book Infidel chronicles her intellectual journey that culminated in her radical…

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MEDICATION NATION

February 12 2007
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Richard DeGrandpre (I envy his name) has written a book titled The Cult of Pharmacology. I won’t read it but maybe you should. I won’t because I am already a convert and there is no need to preach to me. DeGrandpre argues that the drug industry manipulates our brains even more than the drugs it…

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DINESH D’SOUZA: CERTIFIED MORON

February 7 2007
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With his laminated certificate declaring him to be a “Certified Moron” proudly tacked on a wall behind his desk at the Stanford Hoover Institute “think tank”, Dimwitted Dinny has produced yet another book. It has a title but I won’t let you know what it because I don’t want to help him sell it. It…

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POLITICAL BOOKS: WHY SMART MEN MARRY SMART WOMEN

February 2 2007
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Why Smart Men Marry Smart Women (Hardcover) by Christine Whelan For years, it’s been “common knowledge” that once a woman hits thirty, her chances of finding a husband diminish to the point of despair. That men are intimidated by a woman’s career success, preferring docile helpmates to ambitious achievers. That women are biologically driven to…

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INDEX OF ECONOMIC FREEDOM

January 24 2007
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ECONOMIC FREEDOM We present the annual list which has been compiled for 10 years as a joint production of The Wall Street Journal and The Heritage Foundation. Country………Overall score Hong Kong……..89.3 Singapore……….85.7 Australia…………82.7 United States……82 New Zealand…….81.6 United Kingdom 81.6 Ireland……………..81.3 Luxembourg……..79.3 Switzerland……….79.1 Canada……………..78.7 There were individual rankings for several factors including trade freedom, freedom…

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BEST AND WORST BOOKS OF THE 20TH CENTURY

October 25 2006
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The Intercollegiate Studies Institute is an arch-conservative think tank that does too many weird things to enumerate. Recently, it produced its lists of the 50 best books and 50 worst books of the 20th century. We do not have permission to reprint them all but we can give you the top 10 of each list.…

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TWO POLITICAL BOOKS

August 7 2006
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I have not read either of two very recent books and, of course, cannot review them but the press has given them very favorable attention. They are certainly on important topics. 1. The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the the Road to 9/11. (Published by Knopf.) This is, above all else, a history of one man…

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POLITICAL FILMS

July 28 2006
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geocities.com………………………Political Film Society. INNOCENT VOICES INDICTS THE USE OF CHILD SOLDIERS. Titles at the beginning of Innocent Voices (Voces inocentes), directed by Luis Mandoki, inform filmviewers of the civil war in El Salvador from 1980-1992 that began when peasants under the banner of the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front organized opposition to the dispossession of…

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MAJOR NEW POLTICAL BOOKS

June 26 2006
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We introduce a new category today: important political books just published. NY Times…………REVIEW OF NOAM CHOMSKY’S LATEST BOOK. ‘Failed States,’ by Noam Chomsky Review by JONATHAN FREEDLAND Published: June 25, 2006 THIS latest philippic from Noam Chomsky sets out to overturn every belief about their country Americans hold dear. The self-image of the United States…

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