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The Gatekeeper: A Memoir
The Gatekeeper: A Memoir
by Terry Eagleton
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant in places, October 3, 2007
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Eagleton's lengthy chapter on the Labour movement in Britain, although it does have touches of brilliant satire, is unlikely to be of as much interest to American readers as some of his other chapters in which he discusses Catholics in England or the anthropology of Oxbridge, for example. At his best, Eagleton is both funny and sharply insightful. And it is worth wading through the longueurs to find these places.


Search and Destroy
Search and Destroy
by Dean Hughes
Edition: Hardcover
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Vietnam Lite, September 30, 2007
This review is from: Search and Destroy (Hardcover)
Hughes has written a book that does give some sense of the horror and misery of combat. But by providing a stalwart Mormon (he's not only pious; he kicks ***) to guide the tyro soldier, Hughes weakens the book with pat spiritual bromide. Strongly recommended for the LDS.
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Deer Hunting with Jesus: Dispatches from America's Class War
Deer Hunting with Jesus: Dispatches from America's Class War
by Joe Bageant
Edition: Hardcover
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9 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The confused, self-defeating evangelicals, August 18, 2007
a measure of how confused they are is their love of guns (exactly the opposite of the forgiveness and nonviolence Jesus emphasizes as central to the Kingdom of God) and their advocacy of capital punishment (vs. Jesus: let he who is without sin execute people).

Since they refuse to understand or apply the gospels they profess to love, it is small wonder they vote against their own economic interests in favor of candidates who represent big business and the wealthy few (the last a special object of Jesus' scorn, as he repeatedly says in Luke).

Jesus favored redistribution of income from the rich to the poor: those who are first shall be last, and the last shall be first. Jesus's dislike of the rich and selfish and advocacy of the poor are seen clearly in the second part of Matthew 25 or practically anywhere in Luke, where Jesus denounces the wealthy. Note especially the parable of Lazarus and Dives (Latin for rich man); one is poor, one is rich. Guess who goes to heaven, who to hell). It is odd that so many evangelicals favor the party that advantages the rich (53% of Bush's tax cuts go to the richest 2%) at the expense of the rest of us. Despite this, evangelicals somehow believe that the GOP more nearly squares with the morality of Jesus. As I write, the budget Bush proposes includes reductions in spending for medicare and medicaid--even as he proposes to make the tax cuts for the wealthy permanent. More evidence that someone can be a man of faith and completely at odds with the teachings of Jesus.
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Culture Warrior
Culture Warrior
by Bill O'Reilly
Edition: Hardcover
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22 of 54 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bill is a silly chickenhawk, August 11, 2007
This review is from: Culture Warrior (Hardcover)
if he really believes, as he says he does, that liberals want the US to lose in Iraq because they dislike Bush. Liberals doubt victory is possible in Iraq because

how would victory be defined?

Iraq is a war that can be fought for countless years, given the deep-seated and ancient hatreds among the factions there.

US intelligence estimates show that our presence in Iraq serves to recruit and train jihadists.

159,000 US troops are entirely too small a force in a country of 27 million. But since our military is already stretched far too thin as it is, larger troop commitments are not likely. The difficulty of getting soldiers to re-enlist and finding new recruits to go to this debacle is seen in the Army's raising the age of enlistment to 42 and ignoring criminal offenses that previously would have disqualified someone from joining.

Significantly, the majority of military families no longer support the war (Time-CBS poll).

Liberals dislike Bush because he put our country on false pretenses into a war where victory is probably impossible and our very presence in Iraq degrades our own national security.

BO'R is a typical conservative superpatriot who personally avoided his chance to serve but is anxious for others to risk their lives in war. Other examples include Rush Limbaugh and Dick Cheney, who avoided service in Vietnam despite the fact that they supported that war, and all of whom cheerled us into the bogus Iraqi invasion. Everytime I hear one of them deriding someone else's patriotism, I think it's a massive case of projection--they've converted their own self-loathing into hatred for someone else.
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Failing America's Faithful: How Today's Churches Are Mixing God with Politics and Losing Their Way
Failing America's Faithful: How Today's Churches Are Mixing God with Politics and Losing Their Way
by Kathleen Kennedy Townsend
Edition: Hardcover
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A reminder of the gospels so many Christians have forgotten, August 1, 2007
Townsend's book is a necessary call to those who style themselves Christians yet imagine that they can pursue riches (Jesus was against riches and the rich: re especially Luke and the parable of Lazarus and the rich man (sometimes Lazarus and Dives, as Dives is Latin for rich man), advocate capital punishment (Jesus: let he who is without sin cast the first stone), love weapons (no warrant for that in the NT), ignore the plight of the poor and wretched, and justify any war at all, let alone aggressive war, as in Iraq.


Tolkien in Perspective: Sifting the Gold from the Glitter
Tolkien in Perspective: Sifting the Gold from the Glitter
by Greg Wright
Edition: Paperback
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars chatty and churchy, July 16, 2007
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Without a doubt, there are Christian resonances in Tolkien that are worth discussing, but Wright's methodology is rather heavy-handed. Wright does his best to impose an evangelical perspective on Tolkien with an emphasis on dogma rather than a sensitive reading of Tolkien. Moreover, Wright's conversational style would work well in a talk, but becomes irritating in a book. No index.


Salt and Saffron
Salt and Saffron
by Kamila Shamsie
Edition: Paperback
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3.0 out of 5 stars a novel for young adults, April 8, 2007
This review is from: Salt and Saffron (Paperback)
filled with coltish energy and charm. Working against these qualities is the narrator's obsession with the genealogy of her dysfunctional family.


Empire How Britain Made the Modern World
Empire How Britain Made the Modern World
by Niall Ferguson
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars highly entertaining, though seriously flawed,, March 26, 2007
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There are, however, some serious factual errors. The British empire allowed famines in India that killed millions of people even while food was exported from that country. Preferential tariffs seriously impaired the textile industry in India so that British textile imports to the subcontinent could flourish.

And Ferguson's assertion that Britain willingly sacrificed its empire to preserve democracy at home is pure fantasy. The UK's anti-insurgency campaigns in Kenya and Malaya in the postwar period do not fit the model of noble sacrifice of empire, so he simply ignores these wars.

Ferguson writes well and vividly, but his love of British imperialism impels him to some strange positions. For a thorough critique of this book, see Chalmers Johnson, Nemesis, chapt two.
For a witty, yet scholarly account of British imperialism, see Piers Brendon, The Decline and Fall of the British Empire.


Bad President
Bad President
by Richard Dean Rosen
Edition: Paperback
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars extremely funny, March 21, 2007
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and an excellent gift book. Of course, with Bush as prez, the joke is ultimately on all of us.


The Spirit of Terrorism, New Revised Edition
The Spirit of Terrorism, New Revised Edition
by Jean Baudrillard
Edition: Paperback
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3 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars falsely profound and profoundly false, February 26, 2007
About 9/11, B writes, "At a pinch we can say that they did it, but we wished for it. . . . We are far beyond ideology and politics now. . . .
As if the power bearing these towers suddenly lost all energy, all resilience; as though that arrogant power suddenly gave way under too intense an effort: the effort always to be the unique world model."

Despite the silliness of these ideas, here and there B does make an interesting point. But the book exists primarily to exhibit B's cleverness rather than to illuminate terrorism.
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