Category Archives: Books

November 9, 2021

Dark Persuasion – The History of Brainwashing from Pavlov to Social Media (Video)

Joel Dimsdale discusses his latest book “Dark Persuasion: A History of Brainwashing from Pavlov to Social Media,” which traces the evolution of brainwashing from its beginnings in torture and religious conversion into the age of neuroscience and social media. Dimsdale is distinguished professor emeritus in the Department of Psychiatry at UC San Diego.

November 4, 2021

Seven Brothers: The book that shaped a Nordic identity

A story about living in nature – and the value of culture – captures the spirit of Finland. Lizzie Enfield explores the remarkable legacy of Seven Brothers.

Finland is a place of extreme contrasts. It’s a land of vast arctic wildernesses and cultured civilised hubs. It is lauded for its education, quality of life and economic dynamism but its people have been prone to depression. It has long, light summers and cold, dark winters. It is fiercely independent, yet has a long history of occupation. But it is the reconciliation of these opposites that has shaped the nation, and there is a Finnish book that encapsulates the push and pull of these contrasts. It is also credited with turning Finland into one of the most literate nations on earth.

First published in 1870, Seitsemän Veljestä (Seven Brothers) by Aleksis Kivi was initially poorly received – but over the ensuing 151 years it has become a seminal text, Finland’s national novel, and the book that shaped modern Finland.

“Near the village of Toukola in southernmost Häme there is a hill, and upon the northern slope of that hill stands a house by the name of Jukola.” So begins the story of the seven brothers who opt out of society to live in the wilderness, only to be slowly lured back to civilisation.

This tale has become woven into the fabric of contemporary Finnish society, with spin-offs, theatre, TV and ballet adaptations. People name their children after the brothers, designers have taken inspiration from the story, and there is even a Seven Brothers knitting yarn used to make wool socks – in themselves a garment representative of the country’s icy northern plains.

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November 1, 2021

Anne Applebaum, “Red Famine” (Video)

A columnist for The Washington Post and author of the Pulitzer-winning Gulag, Applebaum has been writing about Russia since the 1990s. Her fifth book is a detailed study of Stalin’s 1929 policy of agricultural collectivization, which set off the worst famine in European history. Some five million people died between 1931 and 1933 in the USSR. Of these, roughly three million were Ukrainians, and Applebaum definitively shows that they died due to deliberate government policy. Drawing on newly opened archives and personal accounts not previously translated, Applebaum substantiates the stories that Stalin suppressed Ukrainian uprisings by closing the borders, stopping food shipments, and letting the rebellious peasants starve.

October 30, 2021

A review of the book Why we Kneel, How we rise, by Michael Holding (Simon & Schuster, 2021) – Video

A book published in Britain this year, written by a well-known black cricketeer, claims to be a history of black people and racism. It is full of the most shocking errors and what look like deliberate falsehoods. This work might not inaptly be described as a classic of black pseudohistory.

September 21, 2021

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn – 200 Years Together (Text and Audio)

Two Hundred Years Together (Russian: ?????? ??? ??????, Dvesti let vmeste) is a two-volume historical essay by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. It was written as a comprehensive history of Jews in the Russian Empire, the Soviet Union and modern Russia between the years 1795 and 1995, especially with regard to government attitudes toward Jews.

Read the text here. (PDF)

June 21, 2021

Superior by Angela Saini. A Video Review

Dr Edward Dutton: The Jolly Heretic

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June 19, 2021

Among the Mosques by Ed Husain: A Video Review

Prof. Edward Dutton: The Jolly Heretic

June 14, 2021

BANNED & INVESTIGATED For Her Politics? Brittany Sellner Patriots Not Welcome Interview (Video)

Brittany Sellner (Brittany Pettibone) joins us to discuss her new book, Patriots Not Welcome, chronicling her experience being banned from the UK, demonized by the media for her political views, and more.

June 9, 2021

Brian Thomas: ‘Breaking the News’ Explains How China Underwrites Unprofitable Media Companies

Talk radio host Brian Thomas commended Breitbart News Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow for revealing how unprofitable left-wing news media outlets are financially sustained by conglomerates dependent on business in China in Breaking the News: Exposing the Establishment Media’s Hidden Deals and Secret Corruption.

Thomas interviewed Marlow about Breaking the News on Monday’s edition of his eponymous radio program on 55KRC.

Increasing corruption across news media undermines the industry’s profitability as public awareness of its political corruption grows, Thomas noted. He also highlighted the news media’s deception through omission.

“I listen to the mainstream media,” he said. “I hear the bias. Everybody who pays attention, knows, and understands can hear the bias. The silence in certain areas is deafening. The obvious spin on other topics they report on is very clear. So we know it. We see it.”

Thomas noted how many news media outlets are subsidiaries of broader international conglomerates with deep financial ties to the Chinese market and, by extension, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Such news media companies’ integration into multilayered businesses allows them to lose money while remaining part of a broader profitable whole.

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June 6, 2021

Whiteshift by Eric Kaufmann: A Video Review

Prof. Edward Dutton: The Jolly Heretic