Books of interest

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Re: Books of interest

Postby Kevin R » 10 Apr 2014, 22:23

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A classic of it's time by one of America's leading conservative philosophers.

It traces a path from the change to nominalism as a guiding precept of reality in the earlier medieval period. A path which slowly undermined the vital metaphysic of eternal truth guarded by the ancients, and led inexorably to the adoption of relativism as a catalyst for the catastrophes of modern man, catastrophes which are the result of unintelligent thinking. Amongst which he posits the spread of the 'spoilt child' psychology and cultural fragmentation that characterises the behaviour of 'mass man' within industrialised society in the west. Although written in the immediate aftermath of WW2, it is astoundingly prescient in it's observations of potential behaviour patterns in a decadent society, and seems even more relevant today.
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Re: Books of interest

Postby Kevin R » 10 Apr 2014, 22:39

I would also recommend his collected shorter writings entitled 'In Defense of Tradition' (Liberty Fund Indianapolis).

A fairly capacious volume, but full of eminently wise and succinct essays on everything from education, politics, Conservatism, intellectuals (and what they are really for) to rhetoric, cultural freedom and history.
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Re: Books of interest

Postby Gavin » 13 May 2014, 19:23

A Troublesome Inheritance by Nicholas Wade
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Re: Books of interest

Postby Shaun » 14 May 2014, 13:33

Dalrymple wrote about this book a couple months ago: Where Socialism Failed: An Actual Experiment.

Abridged version: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0992 ... DZRNN61447 (I read this on Kindle but that version appears to have vanished)

Free online text: https://archive.org/details/wheresocialismf00willgoog (I haven't read this full version though).

It's an old book but it is interesting and very funny (if the constant moaning and arguments of Socialists appeals to your sense of humour).
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Re: Books of interest

Postby Mike » 15 May 2014, 07:18

Shaun wrote:Dalrymple wrote about this book a couple months ago: Where Socialism Failed: An Actual Experiment.

Abridged version: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0992 ... DZRNN61447 (I read this on Kindle but that version appears to have vanished)

Free online text: https://archive.org/details/wheresocialismf00willgoog (I haven't read this full version though).

It's an old book but it is interesting and very funny (if the constant moaning and arguments of Socialists appeals to your sense of humour).


A very worthwhile book by an Australian historian about the same bizarre experiment:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/PECULIAR-PEOPLE ... 216&sr=1-9
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Re: Books of interest

Postby Mike » 18 Jun 2014, 08:18

A Dalrymple-style account of travels in grim regimes, by Peter Hitchens.

From the sample, it seems to be quite similar to The Wilder Shores of Marx.
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Re: Books of interest

Postby Gavin » 17 Dec 2014, 12:40

I am currently listening to Mark Steyn read his book After America and it's really great. So many sentences are quotable I hardly know where to start - virtually the whole book is.

If you like Darlymple, try this - it seems to me an important book and covers many of the topics and incidents we have discussed on this forum. It's a serious book, yet funny too - I particularly recommend listening to Mr Steyn reading it himself.

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Re: Books of interest

Postby Jonathan » 08 Sep 2015, 20:46

I've recently purchased and read these two books:

http://www.amazon.com/DAY-Through-Germa ... 00VX372UE/
http://www.amazon.com/DAY-Through-Germa ... 012HJK542/

They purport to be a series of interviews of German soldiers who fought on the invasion beaches on D-Day in 1944. The interviews were conducted by the grandfather of the author in 1954, when he was trying to track down certain soldiers he had interviewed just before the invasion in 1944.

They are a very interesting read, since most books on D-Day focus mostly on Allied accounts. I've read several books whose only perspective from the German side was taken from the same source (Hein Severloh)

That said, some questions have been raised about their authenticity. I wonder if any of the German speakers on the forum (I'm looking at you, Yessica :) have heard of these books. They exist only in ebook form, and amazon.de seems to have the English edition, rather than a German one, which is surprising.
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Re: Books of interest

Postby Andy JS » 12 Sep 2016, 21:39

I'm in the process of re-reading some of Theodore Dalrymple's early travel books, such as Fool or Physician, Coups and Cocaine, Zanzibar to Timbuktu, and Sweet Waist of America. (I read them for the first time about ten years ago). They really are very good indeed, perhaps even better than his more recent work. It's sometimes difficult to believe he was only in his 30s when he wrote them. I believe they're rather expensive to buy in traditional book form because the original print-run was rather limited, but most of them have recently been made available at the Kindle Store at much more reasonable prices.
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Re: Books of interest

Postby Mike » 17 Sep 2016, 01:56

Andy JS wrote:I'm in the process of re-reading some of Theodore Dalrymple's early travel books, such as Fool or Physician, Coups and Cocaine, Zanzibar to Timbuktu, and Sweet Waist of America. (I read them for the first time about ten years ago). They really are very good indeed, perhaps even better than his more recent work. It's sometimes difficult to believe he was only in his 30s when he wrote them. I believe they're rather expensive to buy in traditional book form because the original print-run was rather limited, but most of them have recently been made available at the Kindle Store at much more reasonable prices.


Zanzibar to Timbuktu is still probably my favourite TD book. Absolutely laugh-out-loud funny at times.
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Re: Books of interest

Postby Jonathan » 18 Sep 2016, 18:54

It's been a while since I read those. It hadn't occurred to me to consider Dalrymple's age at the time he wrote them. He sounded as wise and curmudgeonly to my ears as in his latest books.

Have you been able to get your hands on Filosofa's Republic? I think it's the only one missing from my collection, because I'm not willing to fork over almost $100 for it.

Well, I might be willing to, but the wife... :)
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Re: Books of interest

Postby Andrea » 06 Jan 2017, 10:47

Hi folks!

I recently read The Silence of Our Friends by Ed West and thought it was very good (and is short, great for those with limited time).

If you have more time, may I also recommend The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise by Dario Fernandez Morera? It's refreshingly anti-established (namely, lefty) school of thought on Muslim-controlled Spain.

Next, White Gold by Giles Milton. Another topic of history (white Europeans kidnapped and forced into slavery) that is conveniently ignored by most academics and schools, and therefore, unknown by most people.
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Re: Books of interest

Postby Jonathan » 19 Jan 2017, 21:39

Has anyone read anything written by Guillaume Faye?

I just read a very compelling review of his 'Understanding Islam'. He's also got a few other interesting titles, like 'Why we fight' and 'The Colonisation of Europe'.
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Re: Books of interest

Postby Gavin » 20 Jan 2017, 12:12

I've been reading reviews of his books too but haven't read any of them yet. Several, including the ones you mention, are on my list - must take a look some time... Apparently he has just written his first fiction novel too.
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Re: Books of interest

Postby Andy JS » 05 Jul 2017, 21:42

I'm reading Theodore Dalrymple's book "The Wilder Shores Of Marx" once again, and after reading the chapter on North Korea (which is probably the most interesting) I decided to see if there was any footage on YouTube of the 1989 World Festival of Youth and Students which is the event that he was attending and, to my surprise, there is:

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