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Liars’ Paradise

Cons work on a macro level, too. It’s not that difficult to wholesale a lie. Bernie Madoff did by persuading investors he was realizing mathematically impossible investment gains. Only there were no investments. He used investor money to pay off other investors. He had everyone believing he had a golden touch. It worked until he ran out of other people’s money. Sort of like socialism, it was all a fairy story.

America has the necessary components: a dedicated minority determined to sell a myth and a larger population mesmerized by promises of a perfect society (and lots of free stuff).   Read the rest of this entry »

March 1, 2019   No Comments

Redneck Blacks and White Liberals – Review

It is not true that “no one can speak honestly about race.” Thomas Sowell does that and more in this book of essays. “Facts matter,” he writes in the Preface, especially when they challenge widely held beliefs based on false premises.   Read the rest of this entry »

November 8, 2018   4 Comments

Churchill and Orwell

The pairing of Churchill and Orwell in a title attracted this reader’s attention. That they were both superb writers did not seem adequate justification. Thomas Ricks explains that both were dedicated to preserving freedom, albeit in different ways. It is an intriguing title, but the author had to strain to maintain the connection.   Read the rest of this entry »

October 27, 2018   2 Comments

Literature and Totalitarianism – Orwell’s Speech Re-examined

Orwell delivered a speech on the BBC in 1941 that appears to be a precursor to his novel 1984. Marcia examines the speech and finds some parallels for today and that despite his prescience, Orwell refused to give up on his dream of a socialist utopia. Such is cognitive dissonance.   Read the rest of this entry »

October 27, 2018   15 Comments

Dr, Benjamin Rush The Founding Father Who Healed a Wounded Nation

As one of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence, Dr. Benjamin Rush qualifies as a Founder. Yet, few people today know his name. That is unfortunate because he was a remarkable man and his memory should be preserved. That is what historian Harlow Giles Unger intended by writing this biography.   Read the rest of this entry »

September 8, 2018   No Comments

Review: The Murrow Boys: Pioneers on the Front Lines of Broadcast Journalism

This is an excellent book on many levels. The husband-and-wife team of Cloud (former Washington bureau chief for Time) and Olson (former Moscow correspondent for Associated Press) pierce the smog of time to recall The Murrow Boys. They were broadcast journalists who both reported history and made it. In an accompanying chronicle, the authors’ describe radio’s glory days, its decline, and its impact on American life.   Read the rest of this entry »

May 12, 2018   No Comments

Review: Roosevelt and Holocaust: How FDR Saved the Jews and Brought Hope to a Nation

Irony or cognitive dissonance? The author admits to admiring President Roosevelt. He had, (and has) plenty of company. Many, if not most American Jews idolize Roosevelt for saving the Jews from the Holocaust. Beir’s book makes that assertion doubtful.   Read the rest of this entry »

March 19, 2018   2 Comments

Review: The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

Like many of the books we read at WWTFT and sometimes review, this one falls into the category of "better late than never." Marcia reviews this 1921 Pulitzer Prize winning classic and contemplates its subtle message.   Read the rest of this entry »

January 14, 2018   1 Comment

Good Profit How Creating Value for Others Built One of the World’s Most Successful Companies By Charles G. Koch

Entrepreneurs, present and future, will certainly benefit by reading this book. But as this reader attempted to communicate, Good Profits merits a wider audience. It is an erudite, persuasive and at times humorous rebuttal of the left’s fallacious claims to moral superiority.   Read the rest of this entry »

April 27, 2016   No Comments

Devotion: An Epic Story of Heroism, Friendship, and Sacrifice by Adam Makos

Devotion should be read because of what it reveals about the Korean War and the men who fought it. The “police action” claimed five million lives, nearly 37,000 of them American, plus 92,134 American wounded. Indeed, in the author's words: "One could argue that the Korean War was really a World War –– World War III –– in which the nations of the world converged to fight on one peninsula, instead of around the globe."   Read the rest of this entry »

February 8, 2016   No Comments