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Storming the Heavens: the Soviet League of the Militant Godless, by Daniel Peris

Storming the Heavens: the Soviet League of the Militant Godless, by Daniel Peris

This book is a detailed examination of the Bolshevik “League of the Militant Godless,” or Союз Войнствующих Безбожников, launched in 1925 during the New Economic Policy (NEP), the atheistic Bolsheviks’ retreat from the War Communism of the Civi... Read On

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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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When Money Dies, by Adam Fergusson

When Money Dies, by Adam Fergusson

The prevailing view of the cause of the hyper-inflation which Germany experienced under the Weimar Republic between 1919 and 1924 is that it resulted from the republicans’ attempt to lessen the burden of reparations imposed by the Versailles Tr... Read On

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The Army of the Potomac: A Stillness at Appomattox, by Bruce Catton

The Army of the Potomac: A Stillness at Appomattox, by Bruce Catton

Written by the doyen of Civil War historians, this is the final work in a series of ground-breaking narratives on the emergence of the Union Army from virtually nothing in the crucible of unexpected war. With a deft hand, he traces the evolution of t... Read On

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The Course of Empire: A history of three centuries in which a new race engulfed a continent

The Course of Empire: A history of three centuries in which a new race engulfed a continent

A glittering tome replete with fire and fancy. Historian DeVoto details the inundation of North America by Europeans and the tearing of the veil of ignorance that lay over the continent of mystery coming gradually to realize that it is not an extensi... Read On

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Crossing Over: The Stories Behind the Stories, by John Edward

Crossing Over: The Stories Behind the Stories, by John Edward

This is a self-revealing work by a man who believes he possesses a special ability to communicate with the spirits of deceased persons. While by definition, the ability of psychics cannot be proven or disproven, Edward’s book is clearly straigh... Read On

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The Dark Genius of Wall Street: the Misunderstood Life of Jay Gould, King of the Robber Barons

The Dark Genius of Wall Street: the Misunderstood Life of Jay Gould, King of the Robber Barons

An intriguing analysis of the most successful of Wall Street speculators. Though the favorite whipping-boy of Progressives and a prominent symbol of the wastefulness and harm caused by the unregulated stock-market speculation of the post-Civil War er... 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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