Content tagged with "politics"

A Conflict of Visions: Ideological Origins of Political Struggles
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October 2, 2016
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“I did not write a review for this book.”

Conscience of a Conservative: A Rejection of Destructive Politics and a Return to Principle
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August 15, 2017
133

“I enjoyed this book, which is more of a rebuke of President Trump than anything else. I agreed with most everything in it, and Flake makes his case well, though I don’t know what other purpose the…”

The Conservative Heart: How to Build a Fairer, Happier, and More Prosperous America
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July 26, 2021
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“I’m not really a Conservative, but I do a fair amount of conservative reading. With that perspective, this is a well-written and thoughtful book. Its basic premise is this: Liberal policies have hurt…”

The Conservative Mind: From Burke to Eliot
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November 30, 2018
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“I’m giving this five stars just because it’s so comprehensive, and I applaud the detail of the work. But…it’s a lot. Perhaps read this blog post from Kirk Center: Ten Conservative Principles This is…”

The Conservative's Handbook: Defining the Right Position on Issues from A to Z
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February 3, 2016
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“I am a Democrat. I like to think of myself as liberal, but sometimes I think I just say this to be contrarian. Sure enough, this book has me thinking I’m much more conservative than I say I am. I…”

The Death of the Liberal Class
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December 12, 2021
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“This is a…polemic. The author is mad. He thinks that ‘the liberal class’ has capitulated to the interests of The Right, corporations, and the military. He never clearly defines ‘the liberal class.’ Or…”

Diplomacy
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March 7, 2018
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“I’m giving this five stars for what it should be – it’s the most expansive, authoritative history of diplomacy and foreign relations that may have ever been written. The amount that Kissinger knows is…”

The Federal Budget: Politics, Policy, Process
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May 30, 2021
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“This is a perfect example of ‘be careful what you wish for…’ I wanted a detailed examination of the federal budget. This book is that thing. I did not like it. The book goes deep into the process of…”

The Fifth Risk: Undoing Democracy
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May 27, 2021
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“Kind of an odd book, but really interesting and entertaining, far beyond the original point. The book starts out as a condemnation of the Trump administration, on a specific point – they didn’t bother…”

How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States
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December 27, 2020
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“Fantastic book about the history of American colonialism, from the Philippines (which we set free) to Puerto Rico (which today exists in some weird in-between state), to dozens of islands (which we…”

Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Global Politics
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January 16, 2018
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“About halfway through this book, I theorized that it might have been better as a video course. Geography is, by nature, visual, and there’s just so much information in this it gets harder to figure…”

A Promised Land
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January 15, 2021
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“You read memoirs for two things: (1) a play-by-play re-telling of history, and (2) some higher truth to it all; some ‘gestalt’ that makes you look at things differently. This book has #1, for sure….”

Reality: A Plain-Talk Guide to Economics, Politics, Government and Culture
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October 2, 2016
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“I did not write a review for this book.”

Red Ink: Inside the High-Stakes Politics of the Federal Budget
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May 3, 2021
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“Very short book about the problem of the US federal budget. It’s not balanced, the deficit keeps growing, and so does the debt. The book details the two basic theories of balancing the budget (reduce…”

Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right
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November 13, 2016
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“I did not write a review for this book.”

Them: Why We Hate Each Other - and How to Heal
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May 23, 2021
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“Wonderful book that just confirmed what I already knew – political polarization is out of control, and the only way to fix it is from the bottom up. Sasse is a Republican senator from Nebraska. He’s…”

Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked
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July 19, 2021
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“Before he was a news show host, Chris Matthews was chief of staff to Tip O’Neill in the 1980s. During that period, Tip was the most prominent Democrat in the country as Speaker of the House, and he…”

What It Means to Be a Democrat
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December 8, 2019
139

“So, this is a tough book to evaluate. It’s a…polemic? …manifesto? written by George McGovern toward the end of his life. Each chapter discusses an area of national concern (wars, education hunger,…”

Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty
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January 13, 2018
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“Tedious book. Seemed a bit scattered. The gist appears to be that the biggest reason nations fail is because of unfair, ‘extractive’ institutions, like dictatorships, that give people little incentive…”