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The life of Benito Mussolini: From the Italian of Margherita G. Sarfatti
The life of Benito Mussolini: From the Italian of Margherita G. Sarfatti
by Margherita Grassini Sarfatti
Edition: Hardcover
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Book That Created The Mussolini Myth, January 3, 2014
Margherita Sarfatti created the Mussolini myth when this book was first published in Great Britain, one year before the Italian edition. Sarfatti played a key role in the fascist regime until she fell out of favor with Mussolini in the early 1930s.

The Mussolini myth was deconstructed in Laura Fermi's Mussolini Laura Fermi , written by someone who had actually lived through 16 years of the fascist regime and was able to reassess it after the archives were published.

Both of these should be read before reading more scholarly books like Denis Mack Smith's Mussolini Denis Mack Smith and Mussolinis Roman Empire Peregrine Books .

by Laura Fermi
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Deconstructs The Mussolini Myth, January 3, 2014
This review is from: Mussolini (Hardcover)
Laura Fermi witnessed the rise of Mussolini and lived under the fascist regime for 16 years. She was able to reassess the period after more information had become available, and she provides many amazing insights into Mussolini's pathological narcissism and how people of all stripes were swayed by him.

She points out that the Ethiopian War was a key event which unraveled European security and emboldened Hitler. Quite frankly, I had never made this connection.

"In 1936, while Italy was fully engaged in Africa and not likely to move to help France, Hitler sent his troops to occupy the Rhineland." [p. 347]

On pages 358-359, she points out that, prior to the annexation of Austria, Hitler's main fear was that Italy would mobilize against him, as Italy had done following the assassination of Chancellor Dolfuss in 1934. Hitler did not move until his messenger, Prince Philip of Hesse, telephoned from Rome that the isolated Mussolini would not intervene. The record of the telephone conversation between Hesse and Hitler is on page 359.

This book deconstructs the Mussolini myth that had been created by Margherita Sarfatti's life Benito Mussolini Margherita Sarfatti .

Both of these should be read before reading more scholarly books like Denis Mack Smith's Mussolini Denis Mack Smith and Mussolinis Roman Empire Peregrine Books .

White House Diary
White House Diary
by Jimmy Carter
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Priceless Diary, October 2, 2012
This review is from: White House Diary (Hardcover)
This Book is a Diary--not a book written after-the-fact--which presents a priceless real-time view of Jimmy Carter's Presidency. The Diary flies in the face of all the rubbish that pseudo-conservative windbags continue to peddle about Carter.

Carter was the last truly conservative President who attemped to cut government waste and to implement a foreign policy based on human rights and on the ideals of our Founders. We continue to pay a very heavy price for the acts of sabotage, by unscrupulous political and economic opportunists, who scuttled his Presidency. Our political system has become a complete joke. It is truly painful to see how things have degenerated since his Presidency was sabotaged by:

1. The political acts orchestrated in the House by Tip O'Neill and Dan Rostenkowski, and in the Senate by Ted Kennedy.
2. The bipartisan Washington politicians who opposed the proposed drastic reductions in their pork-barrel projects, starting with their useless water projects; and how political operatives, financiers, and some top military honchos joined these politicians in a concerted effort to sabotage his presidency.
3. The role of the financiers involved the widespread dumping of U.S. dollars in favor of foreign currencies, gold, silver and real estate--all of which were key factors in sparking unprecedented inflation and interest rates. On September 14, 1982, The Wall Street Journal published a front-page story on the scams that had been perpetrated by Citibank, and of the subsequent investigation that was a complete whitewash. The headline on the upper right corner read:
Close Encounters
Was Law Firm's Study Of Citibank's Dealings Abroad a Whitewash?
Shearman & Sterling's Ties To Bank Were Too Cozy, SEC Staff, Others Argue
'Parking' Money Overseas
4. The gasoline shortage, which led to long lines at gas stations, that was completely orchestrated by the petroleum companies. At the time, news stories exposed the fact that our petroleum storage tanks were filled to capacity. Network news footage showed supertankers waiting in U.S. ports for weeks before they could unload their cargos.
5. Some members of the military who supported Reagan because Caspar Weinberger promised staggering increases in military spending. Weinberger's subsequent massive looting of the U.S. Treasury was exposed and documented in "Triumph of Politics: Why the Reagan Revolution Failed" by David Stockman, Reagan's Budget Director.

Before the first Carter-Reagan debate, a thick binder containing Carter's debating points and strategy was stolen and given to the Reagan camp. The suspicion is that the thief was a military officer serving in the White House. During the first debate, Reagan's phony retorts of "there you go again" had all been scripted based on this advance knowledge.

Some factual information about the Carter presidency is also contained in the transcript at:


For a reasonable overview, I would recommend and
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Prize Fight: The Race and the Rivalry to be the First in Science (MacSci)
Prize Fight: The Race and the Rivalry to be the First in Science (MacSci)
by Morton A. Meyers
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4.0 out of 5 stars Isaac Newton's "vindictive and merciless nature", August 20, 2012
On Page 36, I was stunned to read that Isaac Newton's famous comment, which was ballyhooed by one of my University professors, was in fact an insult directed at Robert Hooke.

<<[...] Newton displayed a vindictive and merciless nature. Newton's famous remark in a letter to Hooke in 1675, "If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants," is generally taken as an acknowledgment of Newton's debt to his predecessors, but it is now recognized as a backhanded and cruel jab at the hunchbacked Hooke. Newton fought several battles with Hooke over priority in optics and celestial mechanics.>>

The citation given is: Sir Isaac Newton letter to Robert Hooke, February 5, 1676, in A Rupert Hall,

Page 36 also contains the following concerning the "acrimonious controversy with Gottfried Leibniz over who invented calculus."

<<Years later, in 1712, a special commission of the Royal Society decided on Newton's priority and condemned Leibniz as a plagiarist. "We reckon Mr. Newton the first Inventor" was the unanimous verdict. Only later was it revealed that the draft of the commission's report was written by the society's president, Sir Isaac himself!>>
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Holt Algebra 1: Student Edition 2007
Holt Algebra 1: Student Edition 2007
by Dale Seymour
Edition: Hardcover
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1.0 out of 5 stars A Grim Doorstop, October 17, 2011
Three years ago, I had the grim experience of examining this grim doorstop. I would like to point out that the co-authors Leinwand, Seymour and Waits are three stalwarts of the "math reform" rubbish that has been promoted since 1989. I was told that students in this particular class did not actually use the book. They simply kept it at home for "reference." The teacher distributed photocopies of handouts that come with the doorstop. The fact that these abominable doorstops are being written, published, promoted, and adopted is indicative of the incompetent people who have overrun the education business in the U.S.--and who are primarily responsible for the continuing pseudo-education of American students. To get an idea of how our textbooks have degenerated, compare the above with William G. Shute et al, "Elementary Algebra," American Book Co. (1956) 482 pages. [The 1965 Enlarged Edition, which evidently responded to "market forces," is identical except for some axioms and set theory added at the end of the book.]
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Inside Job
Inside Job
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must-see movie, October 19, 2010
This review is from: Inside Job (DVD)
This priceless documentary presents a devastating expose of the staggering Wall Street swindle that caused the economic meltdown of 2008. The interview with Martin Feldstein brought back to mind the hoopla of his appointment as chief economic adviser to President Reagan. The movie points out that Feldstein initiated the financial deregulation follies that led to the looting of the Savings and Loans and culminated with the passage of the Commodity Futures Modernization Act of 2000, the lead sponsor of which was Senator Phil Gramm. It was truly depressing to see how this massive swindle was pulled off through the collusion of the economic advisers, politicians, high-flown professors of economics with scandalous and highly unethical conflicts-of-interest, investment banks, and ratings agencies. At the end of "Inside Job," Robert Gnaizda lists various groups that should be prosecuted. When asked why this has not been done, he answered: "It's a Wall Street government!"

Some of the topics in the movie were covered in the FRONTLINE broadcast "Inside the Meltdown" and in the FRONTLINE broadcast "The Warning." The latter exposed how Brookley Born was sabotaged by Alan Greenspan, Robert Rubin and Larry Summers--the Troika that is directly responsible for the massive fraud perpetrated by the Wall Street crowd.

It is reassuring to see that some members of Congress were competent. Senator Byron Dorgan (D. North Dakota) voted against his own party, predicting that the repeal of Glass-Steagall would lead to massive taxpayer bailouts. On 19 September 2009, Senator Dorgan was interviewed by Scott Simon on "Weekend Edition Saturday." The following is from the transcript at:

<<Sen. DORGAN: Well, I mean, it does precious little to say I told you so, but this was 10 years ago on the floor of the U.S. Senate. At the time, I said I thought it was a huge mistake and, you know, I was critical of the Clinton administration and critical of the Republicans in Congress who were pushing it.

But what I said is I think within a decade we're going to see massive taxpayer bailouts. I didn't necessarily know that for sure but it turns out my prognostication was a pretty expensive lesson. Because it made no sense that we should repeal Glass-Steagall and the protections that were put in place after the Great Depression.

And the result of that, in my judgment, was to steer this economy into the ditch and cause a significant economic wreck that's going to take us some time to get out of.

SIMON: The timing is something that intrigues me, 'cause you said this in 1999, whereas you note your party was in party.

Sen. DORGAN: Uh-huh. Well, but let me just say to you that the legislation that was passed by the Congress was called Gramm-Leach-Bliley--all three Republicans. Phil Gramm--those three Republicans led the approach. It was Republican legislation but warmly embraced by President Clinton, Secretary of Treasury Rubin and so on.

But I was one of eight U.S. senators that went to the floor of the Senate repeatedly in opposition to what they were doing. And, you know, as I said, I made some prognostications and say if we do this we're going to see massive taxpayer bailouts in the future.

And unfortunately, that has been the case.>>

"Inside Job" goes much deeper in exposing the extensive unethical conduct and shameless conflicts-of-interest of so many professors of economics, especially Frederic Mishkin, a governor at the Federal Reserve until August 2008 and now at Columbia University. According to the movie, he co-authored a fraudulent paper "The Stability of Icelandic Banks," without divulging that he had been paid $124,000 by the Iceland Chamber of Commerce to write it. In his current list of publications, he has changed the title to "The Instability ..." John Campbell, the chairman of Harvard's department of economics is left speechless--with a bewildered facial expression--when he is asked about the conflicts-of-interest of his department members.

How can anyone believe anything that is published by economists?
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Turmoil & Triumph: The George Shultz Years
Turmoil & Triumph: The George Shultz Years
DVD ~ George Schultz
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3.0 out of 5 stars Glaring omission of his central role in selecting George W. Bush, October 7, 2010
In July 2010, I saw the three-part broadcast on PBS. The "Afterward" at the end of the last hour made the glaring omission of the fact that Shultz played such a central role among the establishment Republicans who handpicked George W. Bush as their 2000 presidential candidate.

On 12 Oct. 2004, 9-11PM EDT, the PBS series "Frontline" broadcast "The Choice 2004," which examined the presidential candidates George W. Bush and John F. Kerry. Shultz made the following fascinating revelations, which are taken from the complete transcript [...]

In April, 1998, George Bush was in California when he was invited to the home of former secretary of state George Shultz. Shultz had wanted the governor of Texas to meet with some policy experts.

GEORGE SHULTZ, Secretary of State, 1982-88: We said; 'Well, why don't you come over to my house, and I'll gather some of the usual suspects around and we'll talk about policy issues." And he accepted. So he sat here in this living room, and I had Mike Boskin, Condoleezza Rice and John Taylor, who is now undersecretary of the treasury.

NARRATOR: They were looking for a candidate for 2000 with good political instincts, someone they could work with.

GEORGE SHULTZ: What impressed me the most was every once in a while, something would come up and he'd say, "I don't know much about that. Why doesn't somebody talk about it a little bit."

MICHAEL BOSKIN, Advisor to Bush Sr., 1988-'92: I think the single most important things that came out of that meeting were a group of people basically saying, "This guy could be really good." You know, "He's straightforward. He asked tough questions. He's a guy we can get behind."

GEORGE SHULTZ: When we got through, I said to him, "You must be considering running for president. And I hope you do because it seems to me you have a good seat-of-the-pants for the job."

NARRATOR: Bush now had one of the party's elder statesmen in his corner. And by late 1998, money was pouring into Bush's campaign coffers.

If I remember correctly, more than $70 million had been raised by the time W announced his candidacy. It is high time that Shultz and the establishment Republicans be held accountable for their disastrous selection.
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Prairie Giant: The Pastor Tommy Douglas Story
Prairie Giant: The Pastor Tommy Douglas Story
DVD ~ Kristin Booth
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly oustanding, October 26, 2009
This demonstrates what can be achieved when voters elect legislators who act in the public interest, who cannot be bought by lobbyists, and who actually draft the laws.

Colom of Catalonia: Origins of Christopher Columbus Revealed
Colom of Catalonia: Origins of Christopher Columbus Revealed
by Charles J. Merrill
Edition: Paperback
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1.0 out of 5 stars Columbus was Genoese, February 6, 2009
In "Christopher Columbus," Univ. of Okla. Press (1987), pp. 10-11, Gianni Granzotto lists the following information from documents written by contemporaries of Columbus:
1. Pietro Martire d'Angera (Peter Martyr) was the earliest of Columbus's chroniclers and was in Barcelona when Columbus returned from his first voyage. In his letter of May 14, 1493, addressed to Giovanni Borromeo, he referred to Columbus as Ligurian ["vir Ligur"], Liguria being the Region where Genoa is located.
2. A reference, dated 1492 by a court scribe Galindez, referred to Columbus as "Cristóbal Colón, genovés."
3. In "History of the Catholic Kings," Andrés Bernaldez wrote: "Columbus was a man who came from the land of Genoa."
4. In "General and Natural History of the Indies," Bartolomé de Las Casas asserted his "Genoese nationality."
5. In a book of the same title, Gonzalo de Fernández de Oviedo wrote that Columbus was "originating from the province of Liguria."
6. Antonio Gallo, Agostino Giustiniani and Bartolomeo Serraga wrote that Columbus was Genoese.

Samuel Eliot Morison, in his book "Christopher Columbus: Admiral of the Ocean Sea," notes that many existing legal documents demonstrate the Genoese origin of Columbus, his father Domenico, and his brothers Bartolomeo and Giacomo (Diego). These documents, written in Latin by notaries, were legally valid in Genoese courts. When notaries died, their documents were turned over to the archives of the Republic of Genoa. The documents, uncovered in the 19th century when Italian historians examined the Genoese archives, form part of the "Raccolta Colombiana". On page 14, Morison writes:

"Besides these documents from which we may glean facts about Christopher's early life, there are others which identify the Discoverer as the son of Domenico the wool weaver, beyond the possibility of doubt. For instance, Domenico had a brother Antonio, like him a respectable member of the lower middle class in Genoa. Antonio had three sons: Matteo, Amigeto and Giovanni, who was generally known as Giannetto (the Genoese equivalent of 'Johnny'). Giannetto, like Christopher, gave up a humdrum occupation to follow the sea. In 1496 the three brothers met in a notary's office at Genoa and agreed that Johnny should go to Spain and seek out his first cousin 'Don Cristoforo de Colombo, Admiral of the King of Spain,' each contributing one third of the traveling expenses. This quest for a job was highly successful. The Admiral gave Johnny command of a caravel on the Third Voyage to America, and entrusted him with confidential matters as well."

The biography written by Columbus's son Fernando, "Historie del S. D. Fernando Colombo; nelle quali s'ha particolare, & vera relatione della vita, & de fatti dell'Ammiraglio D. Cristoforo Colombo, suo padre: Et dello scoprimento ch'egli fece dell'Indie Occidentali, dette Mondo Nuovo" [English translation: "The life of the Admiral Christopher Columbus by his son Ferdinand," translated by Benjamin Keen, Greenwood Press (1978)] is available, in Italian, at:
At the top of page 4 of Keen's translation, Fernando listed Nervi, Cugureo, Bugiasco, Savona, Genoa and Piacenza as possible places of origin. He also stated: "Colombo ... was really the name of his ancestors. But he changed it in order to make it conform to the language of the country in which he came to reside and raise a new estate." (Colom in Portugal and Colón in Castile).
The publication of "Historie" provides irrefutable, indirect evidence about the Genoese origin of the Discoverer. Fernando's manuscript was eventually inherited by his nephew Luis, the playboy grandson of the Discoverer. Luis was always strapped for money and sold the manuscript to Baliano de Fornari, "a wealthy and public-spirited Genoese physician". On page xv, Keen wrote: "In the depth of winter the aged Fornari set out for Venice, the publishing center of Italy, to supervise the translation and publication of the book."
On page xxiv, the April 25, 1571 dedication by Giuseppe Moleto states: "Your Lordship [Fornari], then, being an honorable and generous gentleman, desiring to make immortal the memory of this great man, heedless of your Lordship's seventy years, of the season of the year, and of the length of the journey, came from Genoa to Venice with the aim of publishing the aforementioned book ... that the exploits of this eminent man, the true glory of Italy and especially of your Lordship's native city, might be made known."
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IRAN (is not the problem)
IRAN (is not the problem)
DVD ~ Sahar Driver, Larry Everest, David Glick, Robert Gould, Jim Haber, Juhasz, Layeghi, Plitnick, Veiluva Majid Baradar

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4.0 out of 5 stars Why no mention of Banisadr?, September 8, 2008
This review is from: IRAN (is not the problem) (DVD)
I enjoyed the film. However, I cannot understand why no mention was made about Abolhassan Banisadr. After the overthrown of the Shah in 1979, Banisadr was elected President with almost 80% of the vote. This huge landslide is indicative of the desires of the Iranian people in 1979. Unfortunately, he was impeached in June 1981 allegedly because of his moves against the clerics. He saved himself by remaining in hiding before fleeing to France in July 1981. The film states that the current president is the first lay person to hold the office. This is an error because Banisadr was the first lay president of Iran.

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