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The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby

“He sounded like Jean-François Revel, a French socialist writer who talks about one of the great unexplained phenomena of modern astronomy: namely, that the dark night of fascism is always descending in the United States and yet lands only in

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Political Order and Political Decay: From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalization of Democracy

“When the middle class constitutes only 20–30 percent of the population, it may side with antidemocratic forces because it fears the intentions of the large mass of poor people below it and the populist policies they may pursue.” For Francis

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The Gonzo Papers Anthology

“Absolute truth is a very rare and dangerous commodity in the context of professional journalism.” For a meticulous dissection of the latter part of the 20th century, without undue embellishment or unwarranted literary liberties, The Gonzo Papers Anthology may be

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The Grapes of Wrath

“Man, unlike any other thing organic or inorganic in the universe, grows beyond his work, walks up the stairs of his concepts, and emerges ahead of his accomplishments.” First published in 1939, The Grapes of Wrath still offers a savage

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Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945

CFI Must-Reads Title Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945 Author Tony Judt ISBN 978-0-1430-3775-0 link http://www.amazon.com/gp/search?index=books&field-isbn=9780143037750 “Post-national, welfare-state, cooperative, pacific Europe was not born of the optimistic, ambitious, forward-looking project imagined in fond retrospect by today’s Euro-idealists. It was

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Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values

“The real purpose of the scientific method is to make sure nature hasn’t misled you into thinking you know something you actually don’t know.” Want to fix something, anything? Get hold of this book. Rather than a shop or repair

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Book Review: Niall Ferguson’s Civilization – Six Ways the West Beat the Rest

In much the same way Marxists internationalists held on to the belief that the workers’ revolution would sweep the world before it, today’s neoconservatives are convinced theirs is the only way forward. In this, neocons are but the most recent

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Piketty’s Capital: A Problem Analysed In-Depth but not Solved

When a book on economics cites Honoré de Balzac and Jane Austen to provide evidence, one cannot fail to take note. It sure beats the rather uninspiring conclusion that R > G and this means trouble. The rate of return

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In Search of Lost Time

“Love is a striking example of how little reality means to us.” A novel in seven volumes with a total page count of well over 4,000, In Search of Lost Time (À la recherche du temps perdu) is reportedly the

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If This Is Man / The Truce

“A country is considered the more civilised the more the wisdom and efficiency of its laws hinder a weak man from becoming too weak and a powerful one too powerful.” A Jewish chemist from Turin, Primo Levi was picked up

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