A three-dimensional look at major developments in conservative politics and culture.

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LETTERS TO THE CORNFIELD

CULTURE AND MORALITY REVISITED FROM A CHRISTIAN POINT OF VIEW

Baldi (The Grand Experiment: What Went Wrong?, 2012, etc.) presents a collection of philosophical musings, political commentaries and general thoughts on life.

This compendium of the author’s opinions is extensive, featuring views on subjects ranging from St. Anselm of Canterbury’s writings to former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposed ban on large sodas. Beginning with discussions of selected works by several famous thinkers, including Leo Strauss and Francis Bacon, the book goes on to explore big philosophical questions (“How does one go about defining ‘Man’?”), and offer opinions on economic policy (“The proper role of government is to encourage and support free enterprise”), brief aphorisms, and a series of letters, mostly to a newspaper editor, from the years 2009 to 2013 (“The bottom line is our government is spending money it doesn’t have”). This collection is sometimes outraged, sometimes docile, but always dotted with moments of humor (“The luckiest man alive is unquestionably Tiger Wood’s caddy!”) and discussions of religion (“We are ‘co-partners’ in God’s intended purpose to make of it what we ‘Will’ ”). It effectively paints a portrait of a man who’s both in awe of human potential and worried about the future. It reserves its venom for President Barack Obama and perceived proponents of political correctness and offers praise for the wisdom of the United States Constitution. Throughout its 700-plus pages, the author’s opinions remain articulate, if occasionally obvious, as when it urges the two major parties to work together “for the common good of the nation.” The end result, however, is a thoroughly wide-ranging, readable investigation into modern conservative thought that doesn’t rely on the opinions of popular right-wing media cheerleaders.

A three-dimensional look at major developments in conservative politics and culture.

Pub Date: June 17, 2014

ISBN: 978-1490839585

Page Count: 734

Publisher: Westbow Press

Review Posted Online: Sept. 23, 2014

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...

THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE

50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD

A LIFETIME OF RECORDINGS

Noted jazz and pop record producer Thiele offers a chatty autobiography. Aided by record-business colleague Golden, Thiele traces his career from his start as a ``pubescent, novice jazz record producer'' in the 1940s through the '50s, when he headed Coral, Dot, and Roulette Records, and the '60s, when he worked for ABC and ran the famous Impulse! jazz label. At Coral, Thiele championed the work of ``hillbilly'' singer Buddy Holly, although the only sessions he produced with Holly were marred by saccharine strings. The producer specialized in more mainstream popsters like the irrepressibly perky Teresa Brewer (who later became his fourth wife) and the bubble-machine muzak-meister Lawrence Welk. At Dot, Thiele was instrumental in recording Jack Kerouac's famous beat- generation ramblings to jazz accompaniment (recordings that Dot's president found ``pornographic''), while also overseeing a steady stream of pop hits. He then moved to the Mafia-controlled Roulette label, where he observed the ``silk-suited, pinky-ringed'' entourage who frequented the label's offices. Incredibly, however, Thiele remembers the famously hard-nosed Morris Levy, who ran the label and was eventually convicted of extortion, as ``one of the kindest, most warm-hearted, and classiest music men I have ever known.'' At ABC/Impulse!, Thiele oversaw the classic recordings of John Coltrane, although he is the first to admit that Coltrane essentially produced his own sessions. Like many producers of the day, Thiele participated in the ownership of publishing rights to some of the songs he recorded; he makes no apology for this practice, which he calls ``entirely appropriate and without any ethical conflicts.'' A pleasant, if not exactly riveting, memoir that will be of most interest to those with a thirst for cocktail-hour stories of the record biz. (25 halftones, not seen)

Pub Date: May 1, 1995

ISBN: 0-19-508629-4

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Oxford Univ.

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1995

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