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William Ehrich

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  • The Triumph of William McKinley
  • Why the Election of 1896 Still Matters
  • By: Karl Rove
  • Narrated by: Karl Rove

Good History

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Reviewed: 07-16-18

This is really interesting and well-done history with important implications for politics in the modern world.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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A Hidden Gem

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Reviewed: 07-02-18

This book hasn't received nearly the attention as another Grant biography, but it is a well-researched and very digestible story of a great life.

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Great History by a Great Historian

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Reviewed: 06-22-18

Adams and Jefferson are interesting enough to study separately. Wood has done a superb job of analyzing their complicated relationship. If you love to study the founding, this work is mandatory.

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Principles in Tension

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Reviewed: 06-13-18

The principles of nationalism, liberalism and republicanism are each held dearly by Americans. However, these three can often act in conflict with each other. Cost does a superb job of showing how Madison and Hamilton disagreed on how to strike the appropriate balance between these principles, and how we can work toward finding that balance today. This is a fresh new take on the relationship between two highly important founders.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Suicide of the West
  • How the Rebirth of Tribalism, Populism, Nationalism, and Identity Politics is Destroying American Democracy
  • By: Jonah Goldberg
  • Narrated by: Jonah Goldberg

A Stark Rebuke of Tribalism

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Reviewed: 06-11-18

Jonah Goldberg is spot on in his critique of tribalism. He is clear that it is not an accident, but our natural state. Therefore, it takes hard work to avoid tribalism. We have been richly blessed in the West, and we tend to think it just is that way. Goldberg argues that our lack of appreciation, and not any outside forces, is what could lead to our decline. This is a great read/listen.

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Gruesome, but great.

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Reviewed: 02-12-18

Some early parts are so gruesome that they're hard to listen to, but this classic is worth a listen and a lot of thought.

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Not Fair to the Word Capitalism

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-01-18

Brands obviously disdains the way business was done in this era, but I think he misses the mark in his use of the word capitalism. He makes no distinction between Gilded Age crony capitalism and free markets. He is rightfully hard on the former, while observing no difference between it and the latter. The recounting of events is solid history. I just wish Brands would not lump this era of government-created monopolies with capitalism writ large.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Good News!

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Reviewed: 12-18-17

If you feel like the story of Christmas story is growing stale, this book will bring you good news of great joy! It provides great perspective.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life
  • An Unexpected Guide to Human Nature and Happiness
  • By: Russ Roberts
  • Narrated by: Don Hagen

Smith has a heart!

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Reviewed: 12-13-17

This is not the heartless Adam Smith you think you know! This was a fantastic read.

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It's OK to change your mind.

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Reviewed: 12-09-17

This book does a great job of tracing Buckley's journey as the leader of the modern conservative movement. My favorite part of the book is the story of how Buckley remained true to his principles, but was willing to change his mind on individual issues over time. The two are not incompatible, and we could learn many lessons from this example today.