book reviews

Reviews for political die-hards of books about politicians, civil rights, Supreme Court rulings and the ever-changing Swamp.

  • Kacie Turton
    Published 2 months ago
    Albert Camus' 'The Plague' Versus COVID-19

    Albert Camus' 'The Plague' Versus COVID-19

    Dear Vocal Readers,
  • Pious
    Published 3 months ago
    Black Swan and the Historical Revisionism

    Black Swan and the Historical Revisionism

    But at least in the case of black swans, humans easily admit that “oh, maybe I don’t know what I don’t know”. Today is different.
  • Heather Wilkins
    Published 6 months ago
    Ten Great Books on Politics

    Ten Great Books on Politics

    I graduated with a college degree in English. Not English Education, nothing in marketing, nothing in social media, just general good old fashioned English.
  • SKYLERIZED
    Published 8 months ago
    'Talking Brook: Yaron Brook Show: Middle East & War'

    'Talking Brook: Yaron Brook Show: Middle East & War'

    Dr. Brook enters into the matrix once again. speaking about the Middle East and a little economics. He explains that Kurds remain in Syria. Kurdistan is the freest region and “more hospitable to markets and property rights than Turkey.” Dr. Brook says that Turkey funded and aided ISIS. Betrayal against the Kurds continues to be a hot button issue for Dr. Brook. Trump, to Dr. Brook, represents a zero sum game with no strategy or “America First.” World War I, Vietnam and slavery crop up in the talk as President Trump says that going into the Middle East was the worst decision made in this country. Dr. Brook points out to his audience that there will be people who say that Trump is playing “4-D chess.”
  • Grant Patterson
    Published 9 months ago
    Genocide Is a Cheese Sandwich

    Genocide Is a Cheese Sandwich

    Genocide. The word is loaded with portent, carries tremendous emotional weight, and, the way it is bandied about now, has become almost meaningless.
  • Walter Rhein
    Published 9 months ago
    'Our War' by Craig DiLouie

    'Our War' by Craig DiLouie

    Our War by Craig DiLouie is a novel about a civil war that breaks out when a corrupt president refuses to leave office after impeachment.
  • Shain Thomas
    Published 9 months ago
    Jefferson and Hamilton

    Jefferson and Hamilton

    American historian Claude Gernade Bowers, born Wednesday, November 20, 1878, in Westfield, was the ambassador to Spain (1933-1939) during the FDR administration. As an ambassador, Bowers successfully kept the United States out of the Spanish Civil War (1936-39). Immediately following his ambassadorship to Spain, he was assigned to fill the ambassadorship to Chile (1939-1953).
  • Sophie Jiwoo
    Published about a year ago
    Japanese Internment

    Japanese Internment

    Farewell to Manzanar is an autobiographical memoir of Jeanne Wakatsuki-Houston, one of the thousands of Japanese-Americans who were forced into internment camps in the 20th century by order of President Franklin D. Roosevelt during World War II following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii in December of 1941. At the age of seven, young Jeanne and her family were evacuated to Manzanar—an internment located in Owens Valley, California.
  • Mimo le Singe
    Published about a year ago
    Analysis: 'Discourse on the Origin of Inequality' by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

    Analysis: 'Discourse on the Origin of Inequality' by Jean-Jacques Rousseau

    Note: I don't remember why there are no embedded citations throughout the paper. Perhaps they were unnecessary as this was the only text being analyzed. Regardless, I thought I'd include this in case anyone asks.
  • Matthew Kresal
    Published about a year ago
    The Dream and the Nightmare of 'Red Plenty'

    The Dream and the Nightmare of 'Red Plenty'

    The Cold War has receded into history. With it went the Soviet Union, the communist superpower born out of the Russian Revolution of 1917 that collapsed in 1991. Making sense of it has been a difficult proposition at best. Going some way to fill in the gaps for a popular audience is Francis Spufford's Red Plenty with its compelling look into the era of Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, that time when the dream of Red Plenty seemed within grasp.
  • Ruth Green
    Published about a year ago
    'Everything You Love Will Burn'

    'Everything You Love Will Burn'

    By the time this book was completed, its author, Vegas Tenold, had spent six years living among extreme white nationalist groups in America.
  • Ben W
    Published 2 years ago
    Book Review - 'Governing the World: The History of an Idea' by Mark Mazower

    Book Review - 'Governing the World: The History of an Idea' by Mark Mazower

    Governing the World: The History of an Idea is an illuminating and insightful history regarding the shaky yet continuous rise of internationalism that began with the Concert of Vienna in 1815. Mazower's look at the emergence of global governance continues up until the wake of the Eurozone crisis with regards to the present needs of reforming the European Union in the wake of unpopular austerity measures and burdensome bureaucratic regulations from Brussels. His book addresses 'globalization' different from previous books I've read in the past with regards to focus on 'ideas' themselves and the rise and fall of those ideas throughout the 19th and 20th centuries led by primarily politicians and philosophers such as Kant, Metternich, Mazzini, Marx, Lenin, Bentham, Wilson, the Roosevelts, etc. among many others who were driven in defining what the international system should look, act, and be like.