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Taxation And Morality

by @ Tuesday, September 8th, 2009. Filed under Book Reviews, Books, Economics, Individual Liberty

There have been plenty of books and policy papers written, plenty of speeches and television and radio interviews, about the economic reasons that high progressive taxation is a bad idea. We’ve heard many times about how it restricts innovation by discouraging investments, or how higher tax rates actually have the seemingly perverse impact of decreasing […]

The Man With The Iron Heart — An Early Book Review

by @ Wednesday, July 29th, 2009. Filed under Alternate History, Book Reviews, Books, Harry Turtledove

I’m doing something that I’m pretty sure I haven’t done in a long time; I’m giving up on, and reviewing, a book before I’ve finished with it. The reasoning is rather simply and will, I think, become clear below. The Man With The Iron Heart is one of Harry Turtledove’s latest ventures into the world […]

What Happened And Why It Matters

by @ Thursday, June 5th, 2008. Filed under Book Reviews, Books, George W Bush, History, Iraq, Scott McClellan, Valerie Plame

As a piece of literature, history, and autobiography, Scott McClellan’s media attention grabbing book What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception isn’t great or even good. As someone who loves reading books, I found myself skipping over entire chapters with ease to get to the part that mattered simply because […]

The Revolution: A Book Review

by @ Thursday, May 29th, 2008. Filed under 2008 Election, Book Reviews, Books, Individual Liberty, Politics, Ron Paul

About half way thought Ron Paul’s The Revolution: A Manifesto, I found myself thinking that he should have written this book before he ran for President, not afterwards, and that his campaign should have handed out as many copies of the book as they could, because it does a far better job of explaining and […]

A Meeting At Corvallis: A Book Review

by @ Friday, May 23rd, 2008. Filed under Alternate History, Book Reviews, Books

A Meeting At Corvallis, the final volume of the Change trilogy that began with Dies The Fire, comes to a satisfying, rollicking, action backed end, and there’s plenty there to satisfy anyone who became a fan of the first book and followed it all the way through. After spending two volumes, stretching over nine years, […]

The Revolution: Reviewed

by @ Monday, May 12th, 2008. Filed under Book Reviews, Books, Politics, Ron Paul

Glenn Reynolds reviews Ron Paul’s The Revolution: A Manifesto: The main shortcoming in Paul’s book, as with his candidacy, is in the follow through, the transition from critique to action. Although he does include a chapter entitled “The Revolution,” about reducing the size of government, it’s a pretty skimpy plan. Were we to see a […]

What Would Happen If Technology Stopped Working ?

by @ Friday, May 2nd, 2008. Filed under Alternate History, Book Reviews, Books

Imagine if, in a split-second, every piece of technology that you depend upon stopped working. Not just televisions, computers, and cell phones. Add in cars, trains, and anything based upon electricity or the internal combustion engine. To make things even more interesting, let’s add in firearms and gunpowder too. What kind of world would result, […]

The Ultimate Alternate History Collection

by @ Saturday, April 26th, 2008. Filed under Alternate History, Book Reviews, Books, History

The Collected What If ? is nothing less than a comprehensive look at some of the most important turning points in history. And, once you get started considering the possible ways in which history could have turned out drastically different, it’s hard for the imagination not to start running wild. With contributions from some of […]

Never Call Retreat: A Book Review

by @ Saturday, April 19th, 2008. Filed under Alternate History, Book Reviews, Books

Through three novels, Newt Gingrich and William Forstchen have told the story of a Civil War that might have been. It started with Gettysburg, where Robert E. Lee withdraws from the field of battle in Pennsylvania and forces the Army of the Potomac to fight a battle on his terms, with devastating results. Then, in […]

Grant Comes East: A Book Review

by @ Monday, April 14th, 2008. Filed under Alternate History, Book Reviews, Books

Continuing the counter-factual history of the Civil War that they started with Gettysburg, Newt Gingrich and William Forstchen came up with another literary hit out of the park with the second volume of their trilogy, Grant Comes East. When the last volume ended, the Army of the Potomac had been decimated at Union Mills, Maryland […]

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