Book Reviews

David Barton & "The Jefferson Lies" are HOT!

America, in so many ways, has forgotten. Its roots, its purpose, its identity―all have become shrouded behind a veil of political correctness bent on twisting the nation's founding, and its founders, to fit within a misshapen modern world.

The time has come to remember again.

In The Jefferson Lies, prominent historian David Barton sets out to correct the distorted image of a once-beloved founding father, Thomas Jefferson. To do so, Barton tackles seven myths head-on, including:

  • Did Thomas Jefferson really have a child by his young slave girl, Sally Hemings?
  • Did he write his own Bible, excluding the parts of Christianity with which he disagreed?

Jeffrey Bell’s The Case for Polarized Politics

Jeffrey Bell’s The Case for Polarized Politics is for and about the readers of – that group of politically active Americans, who, as Matthew Continetti of The Weekly Standard describes us, are the bumper-sticker owners, sign holders, precinct canvassers, phone bankers, partisan-media-consumers, small- and high-end donors, and bloggers.

Craig Shirley’s New Book: December 1941

“The events of December 7, 1941, changed America and changed America forever. It sent the country careening off on a wildly different path of history than the one it had traveled in the days before that fateful day.” Craig Shirley, author of December 1941.

Harvard Prof’s Book on Tea Party Corrects Leftist Misperceptions

We’re not her cup of tea, but, from this speech Harvard political scientist Theda Skocpol gave at the University of Minnesota, it sounds like she actually listened to the Tea Partiers she interviewed.

Book Says Libertarianism and Mormonism Are Compatible

Latter-Day Liberty, by Connor Boyack, is causing a stir in Mormon circles.  It’s an in-your-face libertarian manifesto from an LDS perspective, endorsed

The Notes of Ronald Reagan

Students and admirers of President Ronald Reagan, and his speeches, should rejoice at the publication of this slim volume of Reagan’s favorite aphorisms, jokes, quotes and political wisdom. Taken directly from his personal collection of 4-by-6 note cards, it is truly the Rosetta Stone -- the key to the previously undecipherable mystery of how, through thousands of speeches and talks, Reagan held to a consistent set of principles illustrated and driven home by engaging stories that evolved, but never really changed, over his long public career.

Among longtime associates, Reagan’s collection of note cards was known to exist (and was allegedly dreaded by some White House staff that feared he would substitute his own thoughts for their carefully footnoted and focus group-tested wisdom), but no staffer apparently ever saw or had access to the collection. It was Reagan’s personal and private "mental exercise room" where he kept notes on what really mattered and stuck with him throughout his career.

What Does Rick Perry’s Book Really Say About Social Security?

Tea Partiers ask, “What does Rick Perry’s book REALLY say about Social Security?”

The establishment media and political opponents have made much of Texas Governor Rick Perry’s book “Fed Up!” and his characterization of Social Security as a “Ponzi scheme.” Going into the September 22 Fox News – Google presidential debate (9:00-11:00 p.m. ET on FOX) it is worth taking a look at what Governor Perry really said about Social Security.

Mitch Daniels Stirs VP Buzz With New Book

His new book changes Obama slogan to “Change That Believes in You,” an allusion to personal responsibility.

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