Summary (from Amazon): “I admire Russia for wiping out an economic system which permitted a handful of rich to exploit and beat gold from the millions of plain people. . . . As one who believes in freedom and democracy for all, I honor the Red nation.” —FRANK MARSHALL DAVIS, 1947
In his memoir, Barack Obama omits the full name of his mentor, simply calling him “Frank.” Now, the truth is out: Never has a figure as deeply troubling and controversial as Frank Marshall Davis had such an impact on the development of an American president.
And yet, The Communist is not unsympathetic to Davis, revealing him as something of a victim, an African-American who suffered devastating racial persecution in the Jim Crow era, steering this justly angered young man on a misguided political track. That Davis supported violent and heartless communist regimes over his own country is impossible to defend. That he was a source of inspiration to President Barack Obama is impossible to ignore.
Is Obama working to fulfill the dreams of Frank Marshall Davis? That question has been impossible to answer, since Davis’s writings and relationship with Obama have either been deliberately obscured or dismissed as irrelevant. With Paul Kengor’s The Communist, Americans can finally weigh the evidence and decide for themselves.
Summary (from Amazon): Americans have come to tolerate, embrace and even champion many things that would have horrified their parents’ generation-from easy divorce and unrestricted abortion-on-demand to extreme body piercing and teaching homosexuality to grade-schoolers. Does that mean today’s Americans are inherently more morally confused and depraved than previous generations? Of course not, says veteran journalist David Kupelian. But they have fallen victim to some of the most stunningly brilliant and compelling marketing campaigns in modern history.
The Marketing of Evil reveals how much of what Americans once almost universally abhorred has been packaged, perfumed, gift-wrapped and sold to them as though it had great value. Highly skilled marketers, playing on our deeply felt national values of fairness, generosity and tolerance, have persuaded us to embrace as enlightened and noble that which all previous generations since America’s founding regarded as grossly self-destructive-in a word, evil.
Summary (from Amazon): Entrepreneurship, personal responsibility, and upward mobility……These traditions are at the heart of the free enterprise system, and have long been central to America’s exceptional culture. In recent years, however, policymakers have dramatically weakened these traditions–by exploding the size of government, propping up their corporate cronies, and trying to reorient our system from rewarding merit to redistributing wealth. In The Road to Freedom, American Enterprise Institute President Arthur C. Brooks shows that this trend cannot be reversed through materialistic appeals about the economic efficiency of capitalism. Rather, free enterprise requires a moral defense rooted in the ideals of earned success, equality of opportunity, charity, and basic fairness. Brooks builds this defense and demonstrates how it is central to understanding the major policy issues facing America today. The future of the free enterprise system has become a central issue in our national debate, and Brooks offers a practical manual for defending it over the coming years. Both a moral manifesto and a prescription for concrete policy changes, The Road to Freedom will help Americans in all walks of life translate the philosophy of free enterprise into action, to restore both our nation’s greatness and our own well-being in the process.
Summary (from Amazon): Most people initially had high hopes for health reform. There clearly are problems that must be fixed. The president had promised that if reform passed, everyone would be able to get health insurance, costs would go down, and we would be able to keep both our doctors and our coverage. And we were told that reform would even cut the deficit and make Medicare stronger. But the law that actually passed became a Rube Goldberg contraption that can’t possibly work and that fails to meet its promises—and it will make many problems worse. Officials say it will leave at least 23 million people uninsured, it is already making health insurance more expensive, and it threatens major changes to the coverage that tens of millions of Americans have today. Seniors are frightened that its cuts to future Medicare spending will jeopardize their care, and taxpayers see a flood of red ink far into the future. ObamaCare is leaving a comet tail of broken promises as it steamrolls its way through our economy and into our lives. What happened? How could there possibly be such a big gap between promise and reality?
Summary (from Amazon): The Five Laws of Liberty is an honest examination of the biblical view of freedom. The book thoroughly examines Scripture passages that deal specifically with the concept of freedom and sheds light on Christ s teaching on the subject. In order for freedom to flourish within relationships, every action should be governed by The Five Laws of Liberty.
The Good, The Bad & The Difference – by Michael Sabbeth
Summary (from Amazon): The concepts for The Good, The Bad and The Difference originated in Porter Hospital after I survived open heart surgery, December 21, 1989. The book is my gesture to repay, even if only in a small way, the cosmic debt I owe for my good fortune. The book presents a template for teaching ethics and moral reasoning skills to young children. By developing a culture of conversation on important and serious issues through purposeful dialogue, the book shows parents how to teach children to value reason and to become stronger independent thinkers and actors. The book is divided into four sections. Section I defines good, introduces a tool to measure morality and presents reasoning skills. Section II presents discussions about the ethical principles Autonomy, Beneficence, Justice and Sanctity of Life. Section III presents discussions on seven virtues and skills, Character, Choices, Compassion, Competence, Conscience, Consequences and Courage. Section IV presents in-depth discussions on moral dilemmas and the role of the family for teaching and preserving moral values. The book presents a fact-based guide to moral reasoning and includes dozens of actual classroom dialogues that can guide the reader and children to engage in their own investigative journey toward virtuous responsible action. The book shows how good and bad can be measured and evaluated. It shows how morally confident children are more likely and more motivated to act virtuously. The book asserts that doing good is not easy but is the result of complex analysis and moral will. Teaching that good behavior is easily or naturally achieved weakens children. The Good, The Bad and The Difference helps parents become stronger and guides them to raise children committed to moral reasoning and developing virtuous character.
Summary (from Amazon): Do You Know What Your Kids Are Thinking? You Might Be Surprised! Many of us assume that this generation of young Americans is much like any other—but the fact is they’re not. Not even close. Numerous polls show the same result on issue after issue. Frightening percentages of our kids believe that Socialism is better than the free market, Christianity is judgmental & just plain mean, America is the villain of world history, Family does not mean marriage, human greed is destroying the Earth, and (of course) we all need the government to take care of
us. Columnist and author Marybeth Hicks reveals, with shocking confessions from the activists themselves, how liberals and socialists, atheists and radical environmentalists, have waged a continuous and largely successful campaign of propaganda in our schools and popular culture in an attempt to create a permanent Leftist majority that will usher in a very different America, with a new generation that expects to be dependent on the federal government. But along with the shocking revelations, Hicks shows how we can break the Left’s hypnotic spell. If we don’t, she warns, we’ll soon wake up in a nation we won’t recognize as our own.
Summary (from Amazon): Teach your children to think for themselves and why America is great. With 51 captioned illustrations, 11 parables that teach lessons of life, and Questions for Kids at the end of each major section, Don’t Take My Lemonade Stand – An American Philosophy is written to help parents teach their children. We as parents have the obligation to take charge of who is teaching our children and what our children are being taught. This book is for those that believe in the preeminence of children, the vigorous expression of patriotism, and the power of clear-eyed optimism. Janie Johnson says ”The strength of our country resides in the minds of our children, and the future of our country will be found in their actions.” There’s no question that our political system has become corrupt and politicians — on both sides of the aisle — are voting in favor of the special interests that donated to them instead of the citizens who elected them. They have all contributed to the abandonment of the Common Sense Conservative principles upon which our country was founded and under which we have prospered. Don’t Take My Lemonade Stand: An American Philosophy is the book that tells where we came from, how out-of-control, big government/big spending policies are driving us to ruin, and exactly what we the people can do to take back our country right here, right now, and get it back on course to peace, prosperity, and opportunity.
Summary (from Amazon): “Do you ever get the feeling America’s mounting problems are too grave to have happened by accident? You’re far from alone. America is under siege as radicals determined to pulverize the U.S. Constitution deliberately bankrupt the nation, destroy the electoral system, and drive the economy into the ground. How do you destroy a great nation? Sap its citizens’ self-respect and encourage civil unrest. It’s no coincidence that the welfare rolls are exploding everywhere and there’s no end in sight. An appalling 1 in 7 Americans now receives food stamps and there are 70 bloated federal welfare programs. The failed War on Poverty that started in President Lyndon Johnson’s time has cost taxpayers a staggering $16 trillion – and President Obama, who killed the welfare reforms of the 1990s, wants to spend $10 trillion more! To help distribute the wealth even more, radicals handcuffed banks and forced them to give mortgages to people on welfare who had no chance of paying it back. This isn’t so-called social justice: it’s slow-motion national suicide. How did a country with a respect for economic freedoms unparalleled in all of history ever get to this point? Marxist professors and agitators Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven spent their lives trying to destroy “the system” –American capitalism and democracy— in order to drag the country kicking and screaming into a socialist nightmare. They thought that if Americans could be strong-armed into going on welfare in large numbers radical change would surely follow. Liberals worked hand-in-hand with Communists and other extremists to undermine the American system by giving activists taxpayer money to bring it down. Come again? Even now most Americans don’t realize that their taxes subsidize radical activist armies like those created by the late “professional radical” Saul Alinsky. These revolutionary organizations flourished and became a permanent force to be reckoned with on the nation’s political landscape. They’re still on the scene today. The most important of them is the notorious ACORN – Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now – a Cloward-Piven spinoff. With Enron-style accounting practices and an elaborate corporate structure that puts international money launderers to shame, ACORN is unlike any other political strike force in U.S. history. Part pressure group, part urban terrorist network, part organized crime syndicate, ACORN claims only to want to help the poor. But it views the elimination of America’s free institutions as the only way to help the less fortunate. ACORN, President Obama’s favorite community organizing group, is all about massive voter fraud, home invasions, rent-a-mob services, intimidation, corporate shakedowns, and brutal Saul Alinsky-approved tactics…. Subversion Inc., by investigative reporter Matthew Vadum, isn’t just the story of ACORN. It’s the story of how community organizers just like President Obama are undermining America from within.”
Summary (from Amazon): David versus Goliath, the American Revolutionaries, “The Little Engine That Could,” Team USA’s “Miracle on Ice,” the Star Wars Rebel Alliance, Rocky Balboa, the Jamaican bobsled team and the meek inheriting the Earth. Everyone, it seems, loves an underdog. Why is that? We begin life tiny and helpless, at the mercy of those who are bigger and more powerful than us: parents and guardians who tell us what to eat, what to wear, how to behave (even when to sleep and wake up). From childhood into adulthood, we’re told what to do by those who wield more power—our parents, teachers, bosses government. So naturally, we have a predisposition to resent the overdogs and root for the little guy. But this tendency, which international political consultant and human rights activist Michael Prell calls “underdogma,” can be very dangerous – both to America and to the world at large. In Underdogma, Prell, who has worked world leaders including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Australian and Canadian prime ministers and the Dalai Lama, explores our love/hate relationship with power within our culture and our politics.
2076: Reagan’s Last Word - by Michael Santos, MD
Summary (from Amazon): In 1976, Ronald Reagan, at the Republican Convention, announced he placed a letter in a time capsule to be opened in Los Angeles in 2076. In a speech given at that convention, Reagan expressed his concern that the people of 2076 would never get to read the letter because it spoke of individual freedom. America, 2076 the United States has been fundamentally changed, and the government controls every aspect of daily life. Medical decisions, consumption, speech, transportation, even the right to be alive. All in the name of social justice. Michael Adams, a journalism student, writes an article about America’s Tricentennial and wonders if his generation understands what it means to be an American. He discovers a plot to destroy the Reagan letter, its message no longer welcome in a country where liberty has died and tyranny rules. He turns to the man who introduced him to Reagan’s ideas Calvin Marshall, a history professor who is hiding, and only his granddaughter, Michael’s ex-girlfriend, Jackie Perez, knows of his whereabouts. Soon, Michael goes on the run, persecuted by a federal agent determined to silence him at any cost. To keep the letter from being destroyed, he has to face the agent, community organizers, rats, strippers, high-speed trains, bandits, Obamobites, a terrible family dinner, and a bad movie. As he continues to run for his life, Reagan’s warning becomes all too real. They probably won’t get to read the letter at all because it spoke of individual freedom . . .
Summary (from Amazon): This is the other side of the Google story. In Search & Destroy, Google expert Scott Cleland, shows that the world’s most powerful company is not who it pretends to be. Google pretends to be a harmless lamb, but chose a full-size model of a Tyrannosaurus Rex as its mascot. Beware the T-Rex in sheep’s clothing. Google has acquired far more information, both public and private, and has invented more ways to use it, than anyone in history. Information is power, and in Google’s case, it’s the power to influence and control virtually everything the Internet touches. Google’s power is largely unchecked, unaccountable and grossly underestimated. Google is the Internet’s lone superpower, the new master of the digital information universe. And Google’s power depends almost entirely on the blind trust it has gained through masterful duplicity. Google routinely says one thing and does another. Cleland proves the world’s #1 brand untrustworthy. He exposes the unethical company hiding behind a ‘Don’t Be Evil’ slogan. He uncovers Google’s hidden political agenda. And he reveals how Google’s famed mission to organize the world’s information is destructive and wrong. Cleland is the first to critically examine where Google is leading us, explain why we don’t want to go there, and propose straightforward solutions. Google’s unprecedented centralization of power over the world’s information is corrupting both Google and the Internet, a natural result of unchecked power. Google is evolving from an information servant to master, from working for users, to making users work for the Internet behemoth. Search & Destroy conclusively demonstrates that Google’s goal is to change the world by influencing and controlling information access. Ultimately, Google’s immense unchecked power is destructive precisely because Google is so shockingly-political, unethical and untrustworthy.
Summary (from Amazon): Western civilization is risking the return of tyranny by increasing the size and scope of government. Throughout history, free societies descended into tyranny when their populations realized they can use the power of government to give themselves benefits at the expense of others. The Path To Tyranny examines how and why each of these free societies descended into tyranny and evaluates the current prospects for the United States.
In Search of a Family: The Story of an International Adoption - by Kevin & Ginger Carlisle
Summary: In Search of a Family: A Story of an International Adoption takes the reader inside the personal journey through the unknowns of an international adoption. It could be anywhere in the world, but this true story takes place in the post Cold War ex-Soviet bloc country of Ukraine. As they travel through this young, independent republic, Kevin and Ginger Carlisle encounter virtually every obstacle that could derail their hopes of acheiving their dream… creating their new family!
The Creature from Jekyll Island: A Second Look at the Federal Reserve - by G. Edward Griffin
Summary: If you ever wonder how it is possible for the Federal Government to be trillions of dollars in debt, not to mention our citizens owing trillions more in personal debt, you could trace it back to a meeting on a small island off the coast of Georgia in 1910. It was there that the stage was set for what was to become the Federal Reserve System and a major source of our financial troubles today. An important read for anyone interested in learning how our monetary & political systems truly works.