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How to Win Friends and Influence People
Utter dreck! Anyone who thinks this book offers important wise advice on friendship is an idiot.

Dale Carnegie was nothing but a huckstering sophist, a
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Mar 19, 2009
The Closing of the American Mind
Allan Bloom's Closing of the American Mind was published twenty years ago this month. Parents gave this book to their kids upon graduation from high s ...more
May 1993
Mar 28, 2008
What Is Marriage?: Man and Woman: A Defense
One of my former "friends" on Goodreads claimed that my stance on gay "marriage" committed me to at the very least tolerating a systematic slaughter o ...more
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Dec 13, 2012
Inside Scientology: The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion
I started reading this book last night. In the introduction Ms. Reitman writes that "Scientology" means the "study of truth". No, it does not. It mean ...more
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Jul 03, 2011
The Porning of America: The Rise of Porn Culture, What it Means, and Where We Go from Here
I knew that my country had fallen into the pornographic sewer, but until I had read this book, I did not know how far. That's the reason I give the bo ...more
Oct 10, 2008
Oct 10, 2008
The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned Into a War on American Ideals
Well, I finished the book. Quick read, and most of it I had read already in the pages of The New Yorker. Still, it is nice and convenient to have Jane ...more
Aug 05, 2008
Jul 26, 2008
Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion
I guess I should starting writing stuff here now, especially since my reviews have with the last month acquired two "followers". I am not all that com ...more
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Jun 21, 2012
They Must Be Stopped: Why We Must Defeat Radical Islam and How We Can Do It
So, the radical Muslims are out to destroy the liberal, democratic West. Okay, fine, I will accept that as true. And I will also accept Gabriel's thes ...more
Nov 08, 2008
Oct 12, 2008
Meet You in Hell: Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick, and the Bitter Partnership That Changed America
Dale Carnegie in his seminal work How to Win Friends and Influence People uses Andrew Carnegie as an example of a man who became very rich and famous ...more
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Feb 18, 2009
The Unintended Reformation: How a Religious Revolution Secularized Society
I'm almost done with this book, only having the twenty-page conclusion to read. Gregory pretty much blames all the ills that plague modernity, from mo ...more
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Jul 29, 2012
The Idea of a University
Every Priest at a Newman Center should read this book, and then maybe, just maybe, it will dawn on him why Newman Centers are so named.
Aug 2005
Mar 28, 2008
World War IV: The Long Struggle Against Islamofascism
Should be subtitled: There is no God but The United States of America, and W. is its prophet.
Jun 11, 2008
Jul 02, 2008
Alexandre Kojeve: The Roots of Postmodern Politics
Professor's Drury's argument is that post-modernism is a reaction to Kojeve's End of History Thesis which holds that once the substantive global strug ...more
Jun 24, 2009
Jun 26, 2009
The Bondage of the Will
In the chapter before the conclusion of On the Bondage of the Will, Luther belches out this rather shocking paragraph:

"Only observe, therefore, the si
May 13, 2006
Mar 30, 2008
Dogville vs. Hollywood: The Independents and the Hollywood Machine
I gave this book three stars because it does provide an informative history of the Hollywood Studio System and how it has put the kabosh on genuine ar ...more
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Mar 28, 2008
The Assassination Of Julius Caesar: A People's History Of Ancient Rome
For all those reluctant teenage classicists who hated Cicero as an arrogant blowhard and loved Antony for killing him, this is the book for you. Paren ...more
Mar 26, 2008
Mar 27, 2008
Prostitution - Ein deutscher Skandal: Wie konnten wir zum Paradies der Frauenhändler werden? (German Edition)
This is a compendium of essays, mostly from the pages of the German Feminist Journal Emma, about the unintended consequences of the German Law that ma ...more
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Dec 11, 2013
The Pinochet File: A Declassified Dossier on Atrocity and Accountability
Very long book, but very useful. Documents how the United States of America created the conditions in Chile necessary to precipite a coup d'etat and t ...more
Feb 26, 2009
Mar 07, 2009
The Flick
When will I ever learn? I should know by now that the Pulitzer Prize for Drama might as well be a Razzie Award for really dumb plays. Proof won the Pu ...more
Dec 17, 2014
Dec 18, 2014
Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle
I really do not know if I will ever finish this book. I probably shall. It's short enough. But it is rather pointless in the obviousness of its observ ...more
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Jan 17, 2010
Gay Families and the Courts: The Quest for Equal Rights
I bought a copy of this book for three bucks at Powell's Books on 57th Street in Chicago. No cracks in the spine, no dog-eared pages. If it was read a ...more
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Sep 26, 2012
My Two Moms: Lessons of Love, Strength, and What Makes a Family
I list this book only to give myself an excuse to quote in full this really wonderfully hilarious and scathing review from Please, overloo ...more
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Dec 23, 2012
Flagrant Conduct: The Story of Lawrence v. Texas
I suppose I should write something. Fine. The book was a fairly interesting read. A page turner, in fact. That's why I gave it three stars.

But it sho
Apr 17, 2012
Apr 18, 2012
A History of Political Trials: From Charles I to Saddam Hussein
I have not read all the chapters yet. I have read the last chapter on the Trial of Saddam Hussein. Pretty damn clear that that trial was a farce, whic ...more
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Jul 28, 2010
Cicero, de Natura Deorum Libri Tres: With Introduction and Commentary
Well, I have to brag. I got this particular edition because fucked up. When I came across it, was offering it at $14.41 (and thi ...more
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May 29, 2011
The Pearl Harbor Myth: Rethinking the Unthinkable
This is a very odd book. No, I have not read the entire book yet. That's why I have filed it under "currently reading". But I have looked at the last ...more
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May 14, 2009
Bunny Tales
I don't think I will finish this book. I've read the first few chapters, got really bored with her account of travels and of her heartfelt empathy for ...more
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Jul 20, 2009
The Student Loan Scam: The Most Oppressive Debt in U.S. History and How We Can Fight Back
The book would be useful to me if I were planning to go back to university. But I am not. The university already damaged my soul irrevocably my first ...more
Jun 08, 2009
Jun 26, 2009
Humanitarian Imperialism: Using Human Rights to Sell War
Well, this book did not deliver on its promise, namely to articulate a third way between the Scylla of Cultural Relativism and the Charybdis of a forc ...more
Jul 23, 2009
Jul 12, 2009
Same-Sex Marriage and the Constitution
I don't know when I'll get to this book. I don't think it'll change my mind. Gay "marriage" is absurd. And I shall certainly state my reasons why I th ...more
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Sep 21, 2011
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