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Last To Die By Stephen Harding

Last to Die
Stephen Harding’s extensive research into official American and Japanese records, personal memoirs, letters and interviews with participants are the sources for this stirring story of bravery and grit and not so laudable political machinations.

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July 29, 2015   No Comments

Lincoln and the Jews A History By Jonathan D. Sarna and Benjamin Shapell

Lincoln and the Jews
This book is about what the title says it is. But the focus is not as narrow as that title would suggest. Even Lincoln experts are likely to learn something from this far-reaching study of Lincoln and the Jews.

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July 26, 2015   13 Comments

The State of the American Mind Edited by Mark Bauerlein and Adam Bellow

The State of The American Mind
The essays in this book cover a great deal of territory and all are essential reading for anyone struggling to understand what has happened to America.

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July 19, 2015   3 Comments

The Difference Between Common Law and Civil Law (And Why This Is Important)

Note: The inspiration for this essay come from an excellent article in the Fall 2014 issue of Modern Age, entitled James Monroe And The Sources of American Exceptionalism.

Civil Law

JustinianCivil law, sometimes know as Roman law, is law that …



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July 13, 2015   No Comments

Conservative Heroes by Garland Tucker III

Conservative Heroes
Conservative Heroes is a fantastic book filled with with and anecdotes that leave the reader with a sense of nostalgia and a tinge of sadness for a time when being principled was something that existed outside of party affiliations.

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July 11, 2015   2 Comments

By The People by Charles Murray

By The People by Charles Murray
Murray's book is interesting, if depressing. By The People lays out a strategic plan that might just strike terror into the hearts of bureaucrats if it comes to fruition. An honest reader, with an open mind, should see the truth in much of what Murray says. The book will resonate most strongly with those of a libertarian bent and is not necessarily geared to conservatives. Murray tries to present an honest appraisal of the state of government and a practical strategy for fixing some of the issues before us. As he says throughout, we can never go back, but he thinks he has a way forward which at least ensures our survival.

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July 5, 2015   No Comments

Happy Independence Day!

Today when we commemorate the blessings bequeathed to us by the Founders is a good time to remember that those blessings come with responsibilities. It seems fitting that this should be our annual post on this day.

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July 3, 2015   22 Comments

Commodore Levy A Novel of Early America in the Age of Sail By Irving Litvag

Commodore Levy
Having read Saving Monticello (reviewed here) by Marc Leepson, this reviewer wanted to know more about Commodore Uriah Phillips Levy, the man who did the saving and the subject of this novel.

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July 1, 2015   No Comments

John Roberts: Words mean what he says they mean

Just the other day I stopped off at an International House of Pancakes for breakfast. I don’t usually eat breakfast out. Most often, my breakfast consists of some type of cereal marketed to kids that Michelle Obama demands I not eat, yet on this occasion I had the opportunity to eat a hearty breakfast that someone else cooked. So, I took advantage and looked forward to a big meal. The delightful hostess walked me to a table where soon an equally delightful waitress greeted me.

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June 30, 2015   4 Comments

Apple Saves The Day!

Apple is currently being run by a sensitive man and it shows. The corporate behemoth is ever-so-much more sensitive these days.

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June 25, 2015   3 Comments