295 books — 60 voters
The Cold War (nonfiction)
Gulags in fiction & memoir: Soviet forced labor camps
14 books — 5 voters
“ In the center of the movement, as the motor that swings it onto motion, sits the Leader. He is separated from the elite formation by an inner circle of the initiated who spread around him an aura of impenetrable mystery which corresponds to his “intangible preponderance.” His position within this intimate circle depends upon his ability to spin intrigues among its members and upon his skill in constantly changing its personnel. He owes his rise to leadership to an extreme ability to handle inner ...more ”
“ The Roosevelts’ social activities compared favorably with those of Winston Churchill, except that while the Roosevelts associated mostly with politicians, high-ranking administrators, and wealthy swells, the Churchill’s world was composed of princes, dukes, counts, and other powerful men who’d make fortunes from the British Empire. Both lives contrasted markedly with the social scene in Joseph Stalin’s Soviet Union, where there were no royals, elected legislators, or wealthy swells, because the ...more ”
[close] A book detailing the mass slaughter of 14 million innocent Europeans of various nationalities as a result of Stalin's and Hitler's tyrannical takeover of eastern Europe; it is so dense in information that it happens to be the ideal book for an essay.
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Study and discussion of important questions of political philosophy and ethics, beginning (but n…more
[close] Study and discussion of important questions of political philosophy and ethics, beginning (but not ending) with the questions asked by Socrates. Rules (see also the Rules and Housekeeping topic): Subject to copyright law and these rules, posters may cite, link, or quote any publication, including their own. Posts linking to outside sources must contain a brief explanation of the nature of the linked material and, unless obvious, how it is relevant to the topic being discussed. All posts and linked material must be in English. Posts and any linked material should be polite and not degenerate into ad hominem attacks. The purpose here is to seek light, not heat—rational discourse, not shouting matches. Leave your cable news persona at home and put on your philosopher's mantle when entering this group. Rational argumentation is welcome; emotional hectoring is not. Internet "trolls," advocates of violence, and posters failing to comply with these rules will be removed from membership, as will posters who persist in raising issues that are outside the scope of the subject matter of this group. New members may introduce themselves in the New Member Introductions topic. See posts 4-5 here regarding the creation of new topics. Photo credit: Socrates sculpture at Louvre (CherryX per Wikimedia Commons [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)
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From June 10th to August 10th, the editor and writers of Coming Unglued: Six Stories about Thing…more
[close] From June 10th to August 10th, the editor and writers of Coming Unglued: Six Stories about Things Falling Apart, will be on hand to answer your questions about the stories within. We would be pleased and honored if you would join us.
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...February 15, 2012 to March 16, 2012...
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