Recent books — Freedom, Give Me Liberty, Judas Unchained, Forgotten Man

* “Freedom(TM)”:amazon by Daniel Suarez. Not as mind-wreckingly good as his prior, “Daemon”:amazon but a very nice conclusion to the tale. 3.5 stars, Amazon says 4.5 stars but that I think is carryover from the first book.
* “Give Me Liberty”:amazon by Naomi Wolf. Nice nonfiction complement to the above. Does a nice job of illustrating how our rights have been eroded, and admonishing us to do something about. Amazon says 4.5 stars, well, it is a fine book, but I’d stop at 3.5
* “Judas Unchained”:amazon by Peter Hamilton. Vaguely remember the prior book but it has been a while and this book does not stand alone. Amazon says 4 stars, I am hard on books today, I’d say 3 stars
* “The Forgotten Man”:amazon by Amity Shlaes. History of the Depression, interesting although some of the details could have been left to an appendix. Roosevelt’s level of power was amazing. The story of the transformation of government into a very active role is told well and is clearly not an unalloyed good. The abject failure of monetary policy is well told and a good lesson for today. And my impression of Hoover from high school history as a total bumbler changed, he was incredibly competent prior to his stint as president. Amazon says 4 stars, I’ll say 3.5, and with tighter editing could have been a 4.

3 Replies to “Recent books — Freedom, Give Me Liberty, Judas Unchained, Forgotten Man”

  1. If you liked Give Me Liberty, I’d also recommend “Liberty and Tyranny” by Mark Levin. Now, I don’t normally listen to Mark Levin because I generally don’t like over-the-top bombastic talk shows. Thus, I was totally surprised to find the book a calm and lucid exploration of the history of our rights and how they are being eroded.

    I just started reading “A Patriot’s History of the United States” by Schweikart and Allen. I’m in a state of shock caused by the realization of how little I know (have been taught) about our history. Worse, is how skewed much of what we traditionally learn in school. The book’s title is a play on leftist historian Howard Zinn’s work, “A People’s History of the United States,” which I was forced to read in college.

  2. Though it is a bit off base with the works listed above, considering it doesn’t necessarily focus on the United States, You might want to look into reading a book I read a few years back entitled “Resistance, Rebellion, and Death.” It was a fairly compelling book and will leave you with a satisfied feeling when the book is finished. It is written in essay format, If I can recall correctly its somewhere around 9 or 10, but it does add to the books uniquness.

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