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A Campaign That Will Go Down In History

It will be many years before the definitive book about the 2008 Presidential campaign is written, probably long after most of the participants are dead. After all, it took over eighty years for a truly definitive look at the Election of 1920, and more than forty for a similar volume to be written about the […]

House Passes Senate Health Care “Reform” Bill

In the end, the vote was closer than last year’s vote on the House’s own health care vote, but it was still a win for the Democrats: WASHINGTON — Congress gave final approval on Sunday to legislation that would provide medical coverage to tens of millions of uninsured Americans and remake the nation’s health care […]

Ayn Rand: The Fountainhead Of The Modern Libertarian Movement

by @ Friday, November 13th, 2009. Filed under Ayn Rand, Book Reviews, Books

There are few figures in the American libertarian movement that gave rise to as much controversy or passion as Ayn Rand. Love her or hate her, it’s hard to find a libertarian who doesn’t have an opinion about the author of The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged. For many of us, she was the one who […]

The Cult Of The Imperial Presidency

by @ Friday, October 30th, 2009. Filed under Book Reviews, Books, History, Individual Liberty, Politics, U.S. Constitution

Over the past 30 years, America has seen Presidential scandals ranging from Watergate to Iran-Contra to Travel-gate, Whitewater, the Lewinsky scandal, and the Valerie Plame affair. We’ve learned the truth about some of the truly nefarious actions undertaken by some of most beloved Presidents of the 20th Century, including the iconic FDR, JFK, and LBJ. […]

End The Fed, Save America

by @ Thursday, October 1st, 2009. Filed under Book Reviews, Books, Economics, Politicos & Pundits, Politics, Ron Paul

It seems improbable that monetary policy could become a “sexy” political topic, but Ron Paul has done it. It started during his 2008 Presidential campaign when he continually talked about the Federal Reserve when asked about the economy, continued through his oft-entertaining interrogations of Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, and most recently has culminated his sponsorship […]

A Book As Great As The Movie

by @ Wednesday, September 30th, 2009. Filed under Book Reviews, Books, Godfather Saga, Movies

I’m usually not a fan of reading books based on movies I’ve already seen, especially ones that I’ve seen enough times that the images from the movie are indelibly etched in the brain. It’s for that reason that, even though I’ve seen The Godfather, The Godfather, Part II , and, yes, even The Godfather, Part […]

The Great Depression’s Forgotten Man

by @ Tuesday, September 29th, 2009. Filed under Book Reviews, Books, Credit Crisis, Economics, History

The standard, some might say accepted, history of The Great Depression is one that most of us know pretty well. When Wall Street crashed in October 1929, we’re told, President Hoover, at that point in office for just over nine months, sat back and did nothing as the economy collapsed around. Wedded as he (supposedly) […]

1960: The Clash Of The Titans

by @ Monday, September 14th, 2009. Filed under Book Reviews, Books, History

A few years ago, David Pietrusza wrote an excellent book about the election of 1920, which featured no less than six current, former, or future Presidents (Wilson, T. Roosevelt, F. Roosevelt, Harding, Coolidge, and Hoover). I review that book last year and now I’m glad to see that Pietrusza has followed up with an equally […]

Samuel Adams: Not Just That Guy On The Beer Bottle

by @ Friday, September 11th, 2009. Filed under Book Reviews, Books, History

In Samuel Adams: Father of the American Revolution, Historian Mark Puls seeks to remind Americans of the role that Samuel Adams played in bringing an independent United States of America into existence. And he does so brilliantly. As Puls demonstrates, Adams had come to the conclusion that the liberties of the colonists in his native […]

The Forgotten Founder

by @ Thursday, September 10th, 2009. Filed under Book Reviews, Books, Health, Individual Liberty, U.S. Constitution

One would think that there isn’t much new to write about on the history of the American Revolution and the men who thought it, but that’s not really the case. There have been plenty of biographies over the years of Founders such as George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams, but there are […]

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