Monday, November 28, 2011

Day of Reckoning By. Pat Buchanin

Outstanding review of the George W. Bush's administration.  Mr. Buchanan holds nothing back in pointing out the mistakes and down right blunders of the Bush administration.  Mr. Buchanan hits on all subjects that at the time (2007) were in the forefront (e.g. Immigration, Unconstitutional Wars, Empire building etc).  Unfortunately this book was published in 2007 yet it is amazingly and painfully obvious that the "Bush Doctrine" is in fact alive and well today and has actually been expanded by Obama and his administration. 

I do not agree with Mr. Buchanan on many things, however the book is clear and concise and touches on the history that has gotten us and kept us where we are today.

Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; 1st edition (November 27, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1615540121
ISBN-13: 978-1615540129

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Destiny of the Republic By Candice Millard

Another excellent book by Ms Millard. 

This book covers the life, election and ultimate assassination of President James A. Garfield.  This book has enough details to keep you interested while not overwhelming you with useless facts or information.  The book is well researched and is an easy read, as opposed to some other biographies of presidents.

The interesting part of this book is the off stories.  For instance, the book goes into how Alexander Grahm-Bell invented a device that would come to be used later in life to track bullets in the human body.  Mr. Bell's life is touched on with enough details that it has interested me in pursuing additional works on Bell as the subject.  It also discussed the first air conditioning system created specifically for Mr. Garfield which revolutionized the world.

This book goes through his early life, his unlikely, unplanned and unwanted nomination and ultimate election to the presidency as well as his unfortunate and untimely assassination just 200 days after taking office.  It discusses his rivals as well as his allies.

All in all an excellent book.  Highly recommended.

Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Doubleday; 1 edition (September 20, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0385526261
ISBN-13: 978-0385526265 

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Politically Incorrect Guide To The Constitution

Excellent book.  Goes from the discussions leading to the creation of the document to the drafting of the  Constitution, its ratification, and a detailed account of its distortion  at the hands of the judicial branch.

Dr. Gutzman is one of few authors I truly ENJOY reading.  He is a Jedi Master on the subject of Constitution and history in general. 

Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Regnery Publishing (June 11, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1596985054
ISBN-13: 978-1596985056

American Brutus: John Wilkes Booth and the Lincoln Conspiracies

American Brutus takes you through the days and months prior to the Lincoln Assassination.  The level of detail by this author is incredible.  Even for the seasoned reader of this subject, there are many new facts and dispelled myths as well.  Although the book starts off with what seems to be and overdose of information, it is easy keep up with the content.  I have read eight books on this subject and by far this is the one with the most detail.  The author seems to be neutral on the subject of Lincoln and his unconstitutionality and his white supremacy (although that is a review of a different book).

 The level of detail is again, incredible.  You are truly transported to Ford's theater and can visualize the goings on.  Although some of Booth's "motives" are unclear with regards to some of the co-conspirators that ultimately were convicted and those that were found not-guilty.  Seems that Booth was making certain to implicate some of the people that directly or indirectly helped him.

Paperback: 544 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks (October 18, 2005)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0375759743
ISBN-13: 978-0375759741
Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 1.3 inches

Saturday, November 12, 2011

George Washington Rules of Civility

Small Book, only 127 pages.  Probably would have fit in half of it since it gives the French interpretation.  It is an interesting bit of information albeit outdated.  It is really common sense things.  It is not a bad idea to read it and have an idea what a 'gentleman' was.  When compared to what people are today it is eye opening.

Example: 10th: When you sit down, keep your feet firm on the ground and even, without putting one foot on the other or crossing them.

This is also Masonic Etiquette; at least for the officers.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

End the Fed By. Ron Paul

Ron Paul is by far the leader of the Liberty movement in D.C. and in America.  Not only is he a strict Constitutionalist but his economic knowledge is unequaled in Washington.

This book is, as expected, well written, to the point and no holds bared.  The beauty of Dr. Paul is that he is able to explain the seemingly complex subject of economics in a simple way.  The book exposes the "Fed" as a legal counterfeiting organization and points to them as the cause for most of the postbellum economic woes we have suffered.  He also intelligently predicts what will happen if we stay the course we are currently on.

I am a BIG Ron Paul supporter however it does not skew my review of his book.  I fully recommend this book.  It is worth every penny and more.

Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; 1st edition (September 16, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0446549193