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Closing of the American Mind, by Allan Bloom 1984.

Closing of the American Mind, by Allan Bloom 1984.

In this seminal and provocative book, Bloom executes a powerful attack on what he sees as the cause of the contemporary intellectual decline of America’s universities, and, by diffusion, intellectual life in the United States. The source of thi... Read On

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Covering Islam, by Edward W. Said

Covering Islam, by Edward W. Said

Covering Islam could be called Orientalism, Part II. In Covering Islam, Edward Said continues his thesis that Western “Orientalists”, in the service of Western spy agencies and imperial governments—especially in the U.S.—distort and discr... Read On

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John Carter, the Movie

John Carter, the Movie

Okay, so the age of making movies with some faint degree of faithfulness to the book on which the movie is modeled is long gone. And on rare occasions Hollywood does actually manage to produce a film that, by some fluke or merciful oversight by the g... Read On

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The Death of Common Sense

The Death of Common Sense

Once upon a time, a wise king ruled a wondrous land called NewDeal. He wielded power with efficiency and cut through wasteful red tape by giving all of his workers the discretion to make decisions without fearing for their jobs. Then along came a bad... Read On

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The Disuniting of America: Reflections on a Multicultural Society

The Disuniting of America: Reflections on a Multicultural Society

What’s most surprising about this book is, first, its belated recognition of a trend that had been proceeding apace for decades when this book was written in 1990, and second, the author’s failure to see the implications of his conclusions for the im... Read On

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Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal

Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal

Upton Sinclair is alive and well, reborn as Eric Schlosser. In Fast Food Nation, Schlosser has unleashed a powerful assault on the American meat-packing industry and its avenues of transmission of its oft-tainted products to the American consumer—pri... Read On

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The Good Fight: Declare Your Independence and Close the Democracy Gap

The Good Fight: Declare Your Independence and Close the Democracy Gap

Published when Nader was running for President, this is his personal declaration of independence from both major parties, which he asserts have become similarly corrupted by corporate money and power. In a well-organized, readable and impassioned ple... Read On

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Islamic Human Rights and International Law

Islamic Human Rights and International Law

A timely and disturbing work by an attorney and Arabic translator who researched the spread of fundamentalist Islam in Central Asia. Tracing the importance of custom in Islamic law, which he asserts has incorporated many ancient tribal and traditiona... Read On

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While Europe Slept: How Radical Islam is Destroying the West From Within

While Europe Slept: How Radical Islam is Destroying the West From Within

This is a clarion call from an American writer alarmed at the growing presence of Islam and Muslims in post-9/11 Europe. The title says it all:  liberal immigration and welfare policies of modern Europe, both EU and non-EU states, have caused their e... Read On

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The Red Decade, by Eugene Lyons

The Red Decade, by Eugene Lyons

A remarkable work studiously ignored when it was published in mid-1941 and alternately attacked or maligned by America’s mainstream press and censored class-rooms since. Could perhaps be sub-titled “The Great American Children’s Crusade” ... Read On

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