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One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America
really liked it
This is a very good account of the development of the concept of a "Christian nation" from its use as conservative propaganda against the New Deal to ...more
May 04, 2015
Apr 24, 2015
Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot
it was amazing
This book shows what happens when church and state are not separated. There are two classic forms of church-state combination. The most familiar to us ...more
Feb 04, 2014
Feb 04, 2014
Free Will
did not like it
Although Sam Harris is a neuroscientist rather than a theologian, he prosecutes his case against free will in this book with religious zeal rather tha ...more
Mar 30, 2018
Mar 26, 2018
Aristotle's Metaphysics
it was amazing
This translation of Aristotle's Metaphysics by Hippocrates G. Apostle is apparently now out of print. When I read it in 1969, I was impressed with the ...more
not set
Mar 18, 2014
The Moral Arc: How Science and Reason Lead Humanity toward Truth, Justice, and Freedom
In The Moral Arc: How Science and Reason Lead Humanity toward Truth, Justice, and Freedom, Michael Shermer sets forth a view of human history that is ...more
Dec 10, 2015
Nov 13, 2015
Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America
it was amazing
This is one of the scariest books I’ve ever read. It is very well documented. The author, who is a professor of history and public policy at Duke Univ ...more
Aug 04, 2017
Jun 15, 2017
The Electoral College: Failures of Original Intent and a Proposed Constitutional Amendment for Direct Popular Vote
This is my book on the U.S. Electoral College and a proposed constitutional amendment for direct popular vote. As I am the author, I am not rating it. ...more
not set
Mar 10, 2018
The War on Science: Who's Waging It, Why It Matters, What We Can Do About It
really liked it
This book is very good at presenting and corroborating most of its major arguments. I was less impressed with some of the details. Science writers lik ...more
Sep 08, 2017
Jul 12, 2017
Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic
it was amazing
The author of this book, David Frum, is a self-described conservative Republican. This book is not, however, primarily about conservatism versus libe ...more
Mar 2018
Feb 15, 2018
Black Holes and Baby Universes
Chapter 12 of this book of Stephen Hawking's occasional writings reproduces a lecture given at the University of Cambridge in April 1990. It is entitl ...more
not set
Mar 24, 2018
Philosophy Between the Lines: The Lost History of Esoteric Writing
The primary thesis of Arthur M. Melzer's Philosophy Between the Lines: The Lost History of Esoteric Writing is that "prior to the nineteenth century, ...more
Feb 06, 2015
Jan 18, 2015
The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values
liked it
Since at least World War II, the social “sciences” have followed the “hard” sciences in insisting that “facts” can be known while “values” cannot be k ...more
May 26, 2015
May 13, 2015
On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century
it was amazing
I have just finished reading Timothy Snyder's On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century (New York: Tim Duggan Books, 2017). Snyder is a ...more
Mar 25, 2017
Mar 24, 2017
American Character: A History of the Epic Struggle Between Individual Liberty and the Common Good
it was amazing
This is a fascinating panorama of American history, pointing out many of the facts, often unknown to most people today, about both the libertarian and ...more
Apr 03, 2016
Mar 15, 2016
American Founding Son: John Bingham and the Invention of the Fourteenth Amendment
it was amazing
This is a very good political and personal biography of John Bingham, the longtime member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio who was the a ...more
Feb 13, 2018
Feb 01, 2018
The Whites of Their Eyes: The Tea Party's Revolution and the Battle over American History (Public Square)
it was amazing
Although I disagree with Lepore's "elitist" view that only academic historians can write accurate history (did Thucydides have a Ph.D.?) and although ...more
Aug 26, 2014
Aug 24, 2014
"The Great Ocean of Knowledge": The Influence of Travel Literature on the Work of John Locke
it was amazing
Although this book evidently originated as a Ph.D. dissertation, Ann Talbot's writing style is readable, perspicuous, artful, and without a trace of a ...more
Sep 13, 2015
Mar 25, 2014
Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won't Go Away
it was amazing
I have given this interesting book a five-star rating, because it is an excellent introduction to Plato, philosophy generally, and ancient Greek histo ...more
Jun 10, 2014
May 23, 2014
What Intelligence Tests Miss: The Psychology of Rational Thought
it was amazing
This is, to my mind, one of the most important books that has ever been published on rational thinking. It establishes that standard IQ tests (and tes ...more
Apr 06, 2018
Dec 25, 2017
It's Not Dead Yet (Keep Calm and Brexit On? Book 1)
it was amazing
This book is Part 1 of a planned multipart book on Brexit. It is brief (I read it in about an hour) but excellent in both form and substance. In this ...more
Apr 02, 2017
Apr 01, 2017
Letters and Papers from Prison
liked it
The story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer is tragic and inspiring. This edition of his letters and papers from a Nazi prison provides invaluable primary-source ...more
not set
Mar 22, 2016
NOT A BOOK: The Philosopher's Toolkit: How to Be the Most Rational Person in Any Room (Great Courses) (Teaching Company) DVD (Course Number 4253)
it was amazing
Although I may disagree with a point here or there, Professor Patrick Grim's course of twenty-four lectures is, overall, excellent. I especially liked ...more
Dec 12, 2016
Sep 20, 2016
Dialogue Concerning Heresies
did not like it
The bottom line of this book is that Thomas More (1478-1535) advocated, both here in theory and as a governmental official in practice, the burning an ...more
Nov 2015
Sep 30, 2015
Madison's Gift: Five Partnerships That Built America
it was amazing
This book proves that a historian can write for both a general and scholarly audience at the same time. The text of the work is quite well written. It ...more
Apr 20, 2015
Apr 03, 2015
The Myth of American Religious Freedom
really liked it
For an excellent synopsis of this book, see the official book description here.

Although I do not agree with all of the author's arguments and interpr
Dec 15, 2014
Dec 05, 2014
For the New Intellectual: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand
This is an interesting presentation of Ayn Rand's Objectivist philosophy. Although it simplifies the views of many past philosophers, it provides a no ...more
Sep 15, 1974
Mar 16, 2016
The Origins Of The Twelfth Amendment: The Electoral College In The Early Republic, 1787 1804
This is a mostly excellent monograph on the origin and early development of the U.S. electoral college. Factual statements are usually well documented ...more
Mar 15, 2017
Dec 19, 2016
The Emancipation of Massachusetts: The Dream and the Reality
it was amazing
Brooks Adams, the grandson of John Quincy Adams and the great-grandson of John Adams, was an independent scholar who evidenced a profound knowledge an ...more
Jun 20, 2014
Jun 20, 2014
Mozart: His Character, His Work
it was amazing
This is an excellent work, which I first read in (probably) 2001 and still consult, from time to time, when I listen to Mozart. Interestingly, Alfred ...more
Dec 2001
Jan 11, 2015
Enlightened Democracy: The Case for the Electoral College
did not like it
See my posts 1, 4, and 5 here.

I read the Kindle edition of this book in November 2016. On January 20, 2018, I also acquired the paperback edition so
Nov 29, 2016
Nov 16, 2016
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