Allen West has intrigued me for some time so when I saw that he had published a book I was interested in reading it. As a black conservative (some people would say that is an oxymoron), his perspective on politics is considered somewhat out of the mainstream. In his book Guardian of the Republic, Lt. Colonel West has a chance to explain how his political and personal ideals came to be and to explain them in detail.
Knowing nothing about the Samurai, his subtitle of “An American Ronin’s Journey to Faith, Family and Freedom” puzzled me. I have to confess that, even after he explained it, I didn’t find it moving. The book waxes and wanes in pace so I found it a bit challenging to stay with, and readers who are expecting a biography may find it difficult to stay with as he discusses political philosophy. The philosophical ideas are critical to explaining West’s ideals and stance on various issues, and anyone eho wants to be an informed voter needs to have a basic understanding of the original intent of the Founding Fathers. This book gives the conservative position a historical context.
I am grateful for a chance to hear Allen West articulate his views and the reasons behind his principles. No matter what you think of his politics, this book is a great look into the reasons behind them. I gave the book three stars because I found the writing choppy, but Lt. Colonel West has my admiration for his principles and values.
***I received a complementary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
American Patriots: Answering the Call to Freedom is full of stories of inspiring patriots. The chapters share biographies of citizens who sacrificed in the formation of our nation. Most of the patriots included were unknown to me before I read the book. Don’t assume that the book is just about white males, either! It’s not!
Santorum organizes his book into sections, appropriately titled “Life” “Liberty” and “The Pursuit of Happiness.” It is easy to take our freedoms for granted. Each story included in American Patriots remind me that real people, with real lives, real dreams and real pain sacrificed to bring us this great nation.
This book is inspiring and would make a great gift for any patriot or history lover. It is perfect for homeschooling, with chapters that are relatively brief and self-contained. I highly recommend American Patriots: Answering the Call to Freedom for anyone who wants to be reminded that there were great sacrifices made on behalf of the citizens of the United States of America and to anyone who needs inspiration that there are principles worth the sacrifice.
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Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010 is a fascinating and thought-provoking book. In it, Charles Murray makes the case that there are diverging classes in America and that, rather than a division based on race, the division is most acutely indicated by trends in what he refers to as “white America”.
Acknowledging at the outset that there are “lies, damned lies and statistics” Mr. Murray uses ample statistical analysis to paint a picture of two divergent worlds, existing simultaneously yet seldom-if-ever intersecting. Metaphorically existing in a “thick bubble,” the “upper class” (his term for the top 5% in both education and income) have no concept of how the “lower class” lives. There is even a “quiz” in mid-book that allows the reader to determine how thick of a “bubble” they live in. With scores from 0-99, the quiz categorizes the expected results for various people/classes. He asserts that the main readership of the book will likely be “OES” (“Overeducated Elitist Snobs” — a group to which he assigns himself), and judging by the two most “helpful” reviews on Amazon.com (positive and negative) he is correct. Obviously, some people with good educational backgrounds have read and reviewed “Coming Apart”.
He creates hypothetical communities to anthropomorphize his numerical arguments. The white, highly-educated, wealthy world is deemed “Belmont” while the world of high-school dropouts and ambition-less workers is “Fishtown”.
The conclusion drawn is that there has been a decay in four areas causing an immense discrepancy between the “upper class” and the “lower class” in America. Those four areas are: marriage, industriousness, honesty and religion.
I would encourage people to read Coming Apart. While all the issues may not be as clear-cut as they might seem at first glance, there’s little denying that that the fabric of American society has changed — and not for the better.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.