Category Archives: Books

October 4, 2017

Dr. Gad Saad: “The Consuming Instinct” | Talks at Google (Video)

In this highly informative and entertaining book “The Consuming Instinct: What Juicy Burgers, Ferraris, Pornography, and Gift Giving Reveal About Human Nature”, the founder of the vibrant new field of evolutionary consumption illuminates the relevance of our biological heritage to our daily lives as consumers. While culture is important, the author shows that innate evolutionary forces deeply influence the foods we eat, the gifts we offer, the cosmetics and clothing styles we choose to make ourselves more attractive to potential mates, and even the cultural products that stimulate our imaginations (such as art, music, and religion).

On the Road to Calamity: Solzhenitsyn’s The Red Wheel: March 1917

Solzhenitysn’s multi-volume The Red Wheel attempts to answer the question: why did the Russian Revolution occur? Solzhenitsyn’s art allows readers to grasp one of the pivotal episodes in history.

One hundred years ago, a catastrophic event took place in the grand city of St. Petersburg. A revolution overthrew the Tsarist government of Russia. Out of the chaos that ensued, the most vicious and ideologically extreme splinter group gained ascendency. When the Bolsheviks violently solidified control throughout the vast Russian Empire, it so frightened people in other parts of Europe that they ceded power to vociferous anti-communist political parties—fascists and Nazis. In turn, those movements led the world into the worst war in history. The end of the World War II did not bring peace, but instead led to a long Cold War in which the United States and the Soviet Union spent uncountable fortunes to defeat each other’s way of life.

Aleksandr Solzhenitysn’s multi-volume The Red Wheel attempts to answer an important question: How did all these horrible events come to pass? When Solzhenitsyn began writing the story in the 1930s, it was not to be a tale of tragedy, but one of triumph. The work was intended to show how Solzhenitsyn’s boyhood hero Lenin founded a society based on equality, freedom, and brotherhood. The tenor of the book changed when the psychotic Stalin succeeded Lenin and began to systematically enslave and brutalize the Soviet Union in an effort to establish Marx’s vision of a perfect society. Solzhenitsyn was swept up in the whirlwind of terror, spending years in forced labor camps under the most inhuman conditions.

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September 16, 2017

How to Fail at Almost Everything with Scott Adams (Video)

The Dilbert comic strip artist and political philosopher Scott Adams sits down with Peter Robinson to discuss his book How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big. He discusses with Peter his theory of “talent stacking,” the idea that rather than being an expert in one particular skill (i.e., Tiger Woods and golf), one can become successful by stacking a variety of complementary nonexpert skills.

July 29, 2017

In Germany, there’s a replica of The Parthenon made from 100,000 banned books

Some of the literature included are Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses, Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.

South American artist Marta Minujin has built a stunning replica of Athens’ famous Parthenon using not concrete, but instead, an unconventional construction material: books – 100,000 copies of them.

Part of this year’s 100-day ‘Documenta 14’ art exhibition in Kassel, Germany, the installation features 100,000 books wrapped around the Greek temple’s façade. It’s called The Parthenon of Books, and it comprises 170 titles that have been censored around the world.

To find these books, the 74-year-old artist from Argentina asked help from students at Kassal University in coming up with a list of 170 banned titles, then she asked the public in finding donated copies.

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July 14, 2017

Torching the Modern-Day Library of Alexandria

“Somewhere at Google there is a database containing 25 million books and nobody is allowed to read them.”

You were going to get one-click access to the full text of nearly every book that’s ever been published. Books still in print you’d have to pay for, but everything else—a collection slated to grow larger than the holdings at the Library of Congress, Harvard, the University of Michigan, at any of the great national libraries of Europe—would have been available for free at terminals that were going to be placed in every local library that wanted one.

At the terminal you were going to be able to search tens of millions of books and read every page of any book you found. You’d be able to highlight passages and make annotations and share them; for the first time, you’d be able to pinpoint an idea somewhere inside the vastness of the printed record, and send somebody straight to it with a link. Books would become as instantly available, searchable, copy-pasteable—as alive in the digital world—as web pages.

It was to be the realization of a long-held dream. “The universal library has been talked about for millennia,” Richard Ovenden, the head of Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries, has said. “It was possible to think in the Renaissance that you might be able to amass the whole of published knowledge in a single room or a single institution.” In the spring of 2011, it seemed we’d amassed it in a terminal small enough to fit on a desk.

“This is a watershed event and can serve as a catalyst for the reinvention of education, research, and intellectual life,” one eager observer wrote at the time.

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April 26, 2017

Brittany Pettibone – No Campus For White Men With Scott Greer (Video)

I chat with Daily Caller editor and columnist, Scott Greer, about what motivated him to write his book, No Campus For White Men, identity politics, diversity, hate crime hoaxes, the MSM’s role in fomenting anti-White rhetoric, and more.

February 9, 2017

Salman Rushdie’s New Novel is About Political Correctness and the Culture Wars

“I’ve since had the feeling that, if the attacks against The Satanic Verses had taken place today, these people would not have defended me, and would have used the same arguments against me, accusing me of insulting an ethnic and cultural minority,” said Rushdie. “We are living in the darkest time I have ever known.”

Salman Rushdie, the writer marked for death by the Ayatollah of Iran for writing The Satanic Verses, is working on a new novel set in contemporary America.

His new book, The Golden House, is a thriller set against the backdrop of modern-day American culture. It covers the eight-year Obama presidency and incorporates the cultural zeitgeist. It includes the rise of the conservative Tea Party movement, 2014’s GamerGate hashtag campaign, social media, identity politics, and the ongoing culture war against political correctness.

In other words, it’s the modern world through the lens of Salman Rushdie, an author who received numerous death threats and even attempts on his life after he penned a novel critical of Islam.

Many stores refused to carry the book following its publication in 1988, and those that did were targeted by terrorists with firebombs and explosives.

The Iranian government put out a hit on Rushdie, which lasted until 1998, calling on jihadists and their allies to take the author’s life.

In more recent years, Rushdie has called for the defense of freedom of speech. As the target of assassination attempts over his ideas and writing, the Booker Prize-winning author is uniquely intimate with the subject

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February 5, 2017

MAGA Mindset: Making You and America Great Again by Mike Cernovich (Audiobook)

MAGA MINDSET: How to Make YOU and America Great Again is not a traditional political analysis of Donald Trump or the success of his political campaign, which would be boring and useless to you. MAGA Mindset is an overview of the cultural forces that have propelled Trump forward while using the example of his candidacy as a case study for your own life.

February 3, 2017

Book: The Black Book of Communism

A State against Its People.

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January 22, 2017

Arab Fall: How The Muslim Brotherhood Won And Lost Egypt In 891 Days (Video)

The Hoover Institution hosted a discussion on the newly released book “Arab Fall: How the Muslim Brotherhood Won and Lost Egypt in 891 Days” on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 from 5:00pm – 7:00pm EST.

Eric Trager, the Esther K. Wagner Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, discussed his new book, Arab Fall: How the Muslim Brotherhood Won and Lost Egypt in 891 Days with Samuel Tadros, Distinguished Visiting Fellow in Middle Eastern Studies at the Hoover Institution.

For a mesmerizing eighteen days, the world’s gaze was fixated on Tahrir Square as young Egyptians rose to challenge their dictator. The Arab Spring may have been born in Tunisia, but it was in Cairo, a city that had captivated the Arab imagination for decades, that the winds of change would acquire the strength to shake the foundations of the Middle East order. The dreams of democracy would be short lived as the country slid towards chaos and Islamist control before returning to military rule two and a half years later.

At the heart of the extraordinary story of how Egypt’s hopes turned into nightmares stands the Muslim Brotherhood. A potent force in Egyptian politics since its establishment in 1928 at the hands of Hassan El Banna, the group’s eighty three year long hunger for power would finally be answered as its superior organization allowed it to dominate every post revolution elections in the country before finally achieving the dreams of generations of Islamists with Mohamed Morsi taking the oath of office as the President of Egypt. But just like the dreams of the young activists of Tahrir Square, the Brotherhood’s honeymoon would be short lived. A year after assuming the presidency, Mohamed Morsi and his fellow Brothers would find themselves hunted down as tanks rolled into Cairo.