A history of medicine that probes into pre-medical times and asks, how did people live and care for their sick before medicine? Speculating on the bio...moreA history of medicine that probes into pre-medical times and asks, how did people live and care for their sick before medicine? Speculating on the biologic and physiologic needs of prehistoric people, it concludes that they did very well without doctors and medicines, before their “fatal breach with nature.”
Shelton denounces medicine, calling it voodoo, the practice of poisoning the sick. He denies all claims of medical “progress.” How can there be “progress” in a system based on untruth? Medicine is not a natural science. He discusses medical doctors from the distant past: Hippocrates, Galen, Paracelsus. Schools of “so-called healing” at Sumer, Crete, Egypt, Greece, etc.
He lashes out at superstition, sorcery, priestcraft, astrology, the idea that angry gods or evil spirits cause disease. “Medicinal herbs” are poisons. Homeopathy is “a system of drugging.”
He challenges “the Darwinian myth,” which says that only the fittest survive to evolve. Says Shelton, modern man is inferior in health and fitness to his prehistoric ancestors. Where others see evolution, Shelton sees devolution. He calls for a return to the primal instincts of the past and a rejection of the conditioned reflexes of domestication. He calls for a return to hygiene, to the body’s innate ability to heal itself, because healing comes from within, not from external forces acting upon the body. “There are no healing agents.”
A remarkable book, rich in erudition but wordy and repetitive at times. Could be better organized. Worth reading because of the importance of the issues it raises. I’d like to see an artfully-condensed version in a larger, more readable type.
A good biography of Will Cuppy has been long overdue. I even considered writing one myself, but no need now. This one is well done. Thoroughly researc...moreA good biography of Will Cuppy has been long overdue. I even considered writing one myself, but no need now. This one is well done. Thoroughly researched, it draws on Cuppy’s books, but also on his reviews of mystery stories, his correspondence, and other sources both published and unpublished. Even his personal scrapbooks!
It discusses his politics and his sexual orientation, concluding that he was apolitical and asexual. His curious relationship with his mentor, Isabel Paterson. His need for emotional and professional support. The “subtextual codes” in his writing. His suicidal tendencies. His creative use of footnotes. It puts him into context with contemporary satirists such as Robert Benchley, James Thurber, and S. J. Perelman. It compares him to Groucho Marx, Henry David Thoreau, and others.
The author is a professor of film, and it shows. He injects films into this book more than Cuppy’s life would warrant. Cuppy was not a movie star and did not write for the movies. Why then are so many of the illustrations in this book from Hollywood movies? But there are some gems, including two portraits of Cuppy in his youth.
Author Gehring admires Cuppy but is critical of him, even to calling him a “man/child.” This book illuminates Cuppy’s enigmatic character and adds dimensions to his persona. Recommended to Cuppy fans. It will help them spot the undercurrents in his life and work.
A readable book covering the highlights of Irish history from ancient times to about 1920. A bit biased in favor of the Irish, but interesting and aut...moreA readable book covering the highlights of Irish history from ancient times to about 1920. A bit biased in favor of the Irish, but interesting and authoritative.(less)
Side one covers the issues, legal and political, that led to the war. States rights versus a strong national government. Sectional balance and the exp...moreSide one covers the issues, legal and political, that led to the war. States rights versus a strong national government. Sectional balance and the expansion of slavery. "Bleeding Kansas" and John Brown's raid. The war has not yet started.
In side two, Fort Sumter is fired upon and the nation mobilizes. The issue now is whether the Confederacy can get support from foreign allies that need its cotton. The Trent Affair risks war with England. Ironclad warships tip the military balance at sea, but Confederate allies do not materialize.
Side three discusses the odds as they looked in 1863. Conscription begins on both sides. How the war was financed. Lee takes the war into the North.
Side four discusses civil liberties issues. The war ends. Reconstruction and the Freedmen's Bureau.
Excellent. Covers all the high spots. Goes far beyond mere battles and military strategies. (less)
The voice of a prophet crying in the wilderness. Half a century later, people are still sleepwalking in denial. The elephant is still in the parlor an...moreThe voice of a prophet crying in the wilderness. Half a century later, people are still sleepwalking in denial. The elephant is still in the parlor and still no one wants to talk about it! This was a very important book. I'd like to see an update from the author. You can argue with his timeline, but the fact is that the earth has added a billion people in the last twelve years! That will have consequences, and they will not be pretty!(less)
George Seldes was an independent American journalist, a predecessor to I. F. Stone. He investigated American links to the Third Reich. According to th...moreGeorge Seldes was an independent American journalist, a predecessor to I. F. Stone. He investigated American links to the Third Reich. According to this book, one of the Nazi links to American capitalism "was the I. G. Farbenindustrie, which Hitler and Goering controlled and which involved Standard Oil, Standard Drug, General Motors, General Electric, and other of our greater corporations."
"General Motors was completely involved in Nazi affairs," said Seldes. It made trucks and panzer divison equipment for them. American DuPonts aided Hitler to arm for war, with the help of Herbert Hoover, and gave U.S. military secrets to Hitler.
Standard Oil, DuPont, Sterling Drugs, Alcoa and others were linked to Nazis in cartels. They caused shortages of strategic goods in the United States—aluminum, tungsten, carboloy, synthetic rubber—by their dealings with Nazis. "Standard Oil advanced millions to I. G. Farben for the manufacture of high-octane gasoline from coal."
Henry Ford backed Hitler from the early 1920s. Ford was anti-Semitic and had a plant at Cologne. Dillon, Read & Co., American bankers, financed Thyssen, chief backer of Hitler. Curtis-Wright, Pratt & Whitney, and Douglas Aircraft secretly sold airplanes and parts to Hitler.
The Hearst Press published dozens of signed propaganda articles by Hitler, Goebbels, Goering, and other Nazis during the Thirties. Hearst paid Hitler three thousand marks in 1930, when the Nazis were nearly broke. The Readers Digest published pro-Fascist articles. The Saturday Evening Post published an article titled: "The Case Against the Jew." Colonel McCormick of the Chicago Tribune leaked American war plans before Pearl Harbor.
Fascinating insights into American complicity in the Third Reich.
This book recommends a fruitarian-vegetarian diet, mostly raw, plus potatoes, beans, and whole grains. A vegan diet. It offers a few simple recipes an...moreThis book recommends a fruitarian-vegetarian diet, mostly raw, plus potatoes, beans, and whole grains. A vegan diet. It offers a few simple recipes and advice on feeding babies and children. Deficiencies are not a concern, with the “possible exception” of Vitamins D and B-12.
It debunks the Atkins Diet and the Sears Diet, and explains why they are problematic. It dismisses USDA “food pyramids” as commercially-motivated propaganda. It criticizes most vegan diets as being too grain-based, and 100% raw diets as being too low in calories. The standard American diet is too low in fiber and too high in animal fats.
This is not a book about self-denial or eating less. It is about eating well, and some of these recipes do look tasty! It offers no quick fixes, only a workable plan for a lifetime of healthful eating, based on sound science. No one ever got fat on this kind of food!
This book is concise and to the point, a quick and easy read. Illustrated with insightful cartoons. Makes good sense, though I am disappointed that it includes garlic powder in some recipes. Garlic is a toxic irritant that has no place in a healthful diet. And I am left wondering why a 100% raw diet is not sufficient in calories. It is for apes, and every animal in the wild. Why not for people?
From the editors of Health Science magazine, under the sponsorship of the American Natural Hygiene Society. Recommended.
As a cartoonist, I know how hard it is to draw a good cartoon. Bill Mauldin drew these gems while following an army in the thick of World War II. An a...moreAs a cartoonist, I know how hard it is to draw a good cartoon. Bill Mauldin drew these gems while following an army in the thick of World War II. An amazing feat! His Willie and Joe are classic stereotypes. He presents their plight as it was, muddy, grimy, unglamorous. His own living conditions were probably not much better. (less)
The border city was St. Louis, Missouri. The author was pastor of a Baptist church there during the Civil War. He was pro-Union and anti-slavery, but...moreThe border city was St. Louis, Missouri. The author was pastor of a Baptist church there during the Civil War. He was pro-Union and anti-slavery, but tried to make his book non-partisan--"an unvarnished tale of what I saw."
Bitterness and paranoia ran high in his community of the loyal and the disloyal--he had both kinds of people in his congregation. He discusses the currents in what people were thinking and feeling. The many factions, such as the Wide-Awakes, the Minute Men, the Charcoals, the Claybanks. The role of the press in fomenting or calming dissension. The raid on Camp Jackson and its tragic aftermath. The fight for the arsenal. Slavery and slave pens. A slave auction disrupted by public protest. The racial integration that occurred spontaneously at the Grand Mississippi Valley Sanitary Fair in 1864.
There are two things about this book that make it special: 1) The author was there, on the ground, and tells of his own experiences; 2) It presents the war as seen by ordinary people, white and black, on both sides of the conflict. It mentions the leaders, politicians and generals, but not to the exclusion of ordinary people.
This book should be considered a primary source, although written decades after the war. It draws on the author's own memories, plus his research from other sources. It is a vivid and very readable glimpse into those troubled times.(less)
Argues that the solution to world hunger is to grow food first before non-edible cash crops for export to the affluent First World. Discusses the poli...moreArgues that the solution to world hunger is to grow food first before non-edible cash crops for export to the affluent First World. Discusses the political and economic reasons why so many nations devote their resources to cultivating export crops while their own people starve. Why American cats and dogs grow fat while Third World children suffer from chronic hunger. (less)
"Miss Tarbarrel" exposes John D. Rockefeller for the ruthless brigand he was. Those two did not like each other! She raises many questions about the m...more"Miss Tarbarrel" exposes John D. Rockefeller for the ruthless brigand he was. Those two did not like each other! She raises many questions about the morality of unrestrained capitalism. A book that made a difference early in the twentieth century. (less)
A back-to-the-land classic about a blacklisted academic and his wife who abandon a society that has already abandoned them and create new lives from s...moreA back-to-the-land classic about a blacklisted academic and his wife who abandon a society that has already abandoned them and create new lives from scratch as organic farmers in New England. How they did it, the problems they faced, the choices they made. Raises the question: could this be done today? (less)
Details about the many democratic and populist governments that have been toppled by Americans, and the many brutal dictators who have been set up and...moreDetails about the many democratic and populist governments that have been toppled by Americans, and the many brutal dictators who have been set up and supported by Americans. A clear and consistent pattern emerges.
Said the author, "The essence of capitalism is to turn nature into commodities and commodities into capital. The live green earth is transformed into dead gold bricks, with luxury items for the few and toxic slag heaps for the many. The glittering mansion overlooks a vast sprawl of shanty towns, wherein a desperate, demoralized humanity is kept in line with drugs, television, and armed force."(less)
Exposes media bias, how economic power leads to cultural hegemony and ideological monopoly. Michael Parenti is one of the best antidotes to media misi...moreExposes media bias, how economic power leads to cultural hegemony and ideological monopoly. Michael Parenti is one of the best antidotes to media misinformation. (less)
One of the most influential nonfiction books of the twentieth century. Exposes an invisible "culture" of poverty in the United States and analyzes its...moreOne of the most influential nonfiction books of the twentieth century. Exposes an invisible "culture" of poverty in the United States and analyzes its nature and causes. Harrington argues that an economic underclass of forty to fifty million poor Americans is so excluded from America's affluent society as to constitute “a separate culture, another nation, with its own way of life.” That the poor are "not simply neglected and forgotten. . . . What is much worse, they are not seen.” They need more than money or jobs, as they are mired in disabilities within a web of disabilities. He calls for a broad program of remedial action, a "comprehensive assault on poverty." “Society must help them before they can help themselves.”
A call to action on a national scale, it resulted in the War on Poverty of the sixties, maybe even Medicare and Medicaid. Sad to say, this book is not outdated today.