Encounter Books

Encounter Books Independent publisher of serious non-fiction. Encounter magazine in another life. Promoting intelligent debate. Encounter Books draws its name from Encounter magazine, an Anglo-American literary journal founded in 1953 by poet Stephen Spender and journalist Irving Kristol.
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Encounter was a liberal, anti-Soviet monthly dedicated to two things: “a love of liberty and a respect for that part of human endeavour that goes by the name of culture.” The magazine seemed to have come “out of nowhere”—with an immediate impact. Kingsley Amis, W. H. Auden, Isaiah Berlin, Albert Camus, Robert Conquest, Philip Larkin, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., Lionel Trilling, Richard Wilbur, and Edmund Wilson—to name just a few—all wrote for Encounter. Evelyn Waugh and Nancy Mitford debated in its pages. Even Virginia Woolf appeared there, posthumously of course. Melvin J. Lasky, who succeeded Irving Kristol as editor in 1958, cultivated dissident writers from across the Soviet Bloc. Joseph Brodsky, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Arthur Koestler, Leszek Kołakowski, and Václav Havel all made their mark in Encounter. For a time, it was probably the finest magazine going—on either side of the Atlantic. IN 1967, Ramparts, a San Francisco-based New Left magazine, published an exposé on the CIA’s infiltration of the National Student Association. As an aside, the piece implied that the CIA also supported The Congress for Cultural Freedom—Encounter’s parent foundation. It was true. Fearing that Soviet propaganda was winning over Europe’s intelligentsia, the CIA had secretly funded Encounter—and many other publications—to promote a classically liberal, anti-totalitarian standpoint in Europe. Although the revelation was a scandal in the intellectual world and several prominent writers defected, Encounter continued to publish through the end of the Cold War, not closing its doors until 1991. Did the Cultural Cold War have an impact? Former-Ramparts editor Peter Collier described the CIA’s involvement with Encounter as “part of a shadow boxing match of containment with the Soviets that allowed us to get through the most dangerous period of the Cold War without having to throw thermonuclear punches.” Franklin Foer called it “the best money that the CIA ever spent.” IN 1998, three decades after his magazine broke the CIA story, a more politically mature Peter Collier revived the Encounter name, founding Encounter Books on the maxim that the printed word can drive intelligent debate and influence the world in a positive way. Now edited by Roger Kimball, Encounter Books continues to advance its love of liberty and the cultural achievements of the West against a rising tide of collectivist sentiment and the soft totalitarianism of intellectual conformity.

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David Pryce-Jones’s “Signatures” is a work organized round its author’s memories of men and women he has encountered ove...
07/30/2020
In His Good Books

David Pryce-Jones’s “Signatures” is a work organized round its author’s memories of men and women he has encountered over the years who wrote and signed copies of their books for him. The book is in many ways a stirring reminder of an earlier England. https://buff.ly/39zdsUY

"There will always be an England,” once the safest of safe generalizations, is now in need of serious qualification. An England doubtless there always will be, but England today is sadly diminished from the England that once bred Anglophiles round the world, myself among them. This earlier England...

Beijing was not considered a tech contender a decade ago. Now, some call it a leader. America is already behind in criti...
07/30/2020
The Great U.S.-China Tech War - Encounter Books

Beijing was not considered a tech contender a decade ago. Now, some call it a leader. America is already behind in critical areas.

The United States and China are locked in a “cold tech war,” and the winner will end up dominating the twenty-first century. Beijing was not considered a tech contender a decade ago. Now, some call it a leader. America is already behind in critical areas. It is no surprise how Chinese leaders ma...

Ambitious in intellectual scope, contrarian in many of its opinions, and admirably concise, this is surely set to be one...
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A President Like No Other - Encounter Books

Ambitious in intellectual scope, contrarian in many of its opinions, and admirably concise, this is surely set to be one of the most provocative political books you are likely to read this year. https://buff.ly/307kDRh

Conrad Black, bestselling author of Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Champion of Freedom, Richard M. Nixon: A Life in Full, and Flight of the Eagle: America’s Rise from Colonial Upstart to the World’s Superpower, turns his attention to his friend President Donald J. Trump and provides the most intrigu...

For all the remarkable progress this country has made on race in the past half-century, liberals insist, for their own p...
07/29/2020
Why We Won’t Talk Honestly About Race - Encounter Books

For all the remarkable progress this country has made on race in the past half-century, liberals insist, for their own political and psychological purposes, on clinging to the notion of America as irredeemably racist. https://buff.ly/3hIkYj3

In the Age of Obama, the ugly charge of racism is more prevalent than ever. Why? Because telling the truth about racial profiling, crime, the social fallout of single parent homes, and the ways racial preferences distort the very meaning of equity and justice would mean facing up to the soul-destroy...

The Rise and Fall of Violent Crime in America combines a social history of the United States with the insights of crimin...
07/29/2020
The Rise and Fall of Violent Crime in America - Encounter Books

The Rise and Fall of Violent Crime in America combines a social history of the United States with the insights of criminology to analyze how and why violent crime has fallen in the decades after the 1960s. https://buff.ly/3jL5xIN

A compelling case can be made that violent crime, especially after the 1960s, was one of the most significant domestic issues in the United States. Indeed, few issues had as profound an effect on American life in the last third of the twentieth century. After 1965, crime rose to such levels that it....

Why in the supposedly enlightened time of 2020 does the United States feel like a kingdom of hopeless serfs who must obe...
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A New Book Warns of Our ‘Neo-Feudal’ Future | National Review

Why in the supposedly enlightened time of 2020 does the United States feel like a kingdom of hopeless serfs who must obey their hypocritical lords without dispute?

As recent events show, the elites simply don’t play by the same rules as the rest of the country.

The Rise and Fall of Violent Crime in America combines a social history of the United States with the insights of crimin...
07/28/2020
The Rise and Fall of Violent Crime in America - Encounter Books

The Rise and Fall of Violent Crime in America combines a social history of the United States with the insights of criminology to analyze how and why violent crime has fallen in the decades after the 1960s. https://buff.ly/3hCU9Ni

A compelling case can be made that violent crime, especially after the 1960s, was one of the most significant domestic issues in the United States. Indeed, few issues had as profound an effect on American life in the last third of the twentieth century. After 1965, crime rose to such levels that it....

Signatures offers a window onto the lives and work of extraordinary writers including Albert Speer, W. H. Auden, V. S. N...
07/28/2020
Signatures - Encounter Books

Signatures offers a window onto the lives and work of extraordinary writers including Albert Speer, W. H. Auden, V. S. Naipaul, and many more, who weaved in and out of the life of David Pryce-Jones. https://buff.ly/30TNB62

David Pryce-Jones weaves a vivid life story through vignettes of the many famous authors—friends, acquaintances, interview subjects—who gave him personally inscribed books. In Signatures he offers a window onto the lives and work of these extraordinary people. As a child, Pryce-Jones spent time ...

Ambitious in intellectual scope, contrarian in many of its opinions, and admirably concise, this is surely set to be one...
07/28/2020
A President Like No Other - Encounter Books

Ambitious in intellectual scope, contrarian in many of its opinions, and admirably concise, this is surely set to be one of the most provocative political books you are likely to read this year. https://buff.ly/3g4prwn

Conrad Black, bestselling author of Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Champion of Freedom, Richard M. Nixon: A Life in Full, and Flight of the Eagle: America’s Rise from Colonial Upstart to the World’s Superpower, turns his attention to his friend President Donald J. Trump and provides the most intrigu...

Can we envision a better future for the American worker? Both the Right and the Left provide solutions that will only mo...
07/28/2020
The Once and Future Worker - Encounter Books

Can we envision a better future for the American worker? Both the Right and the Left provide solutions that will only move us backward. The Once and Future Worker shows the way towards a renewal of American prosperity. https://buff.ly/2ElyElL

The American worker is in crisis. Wages have stagnated for more than a generation. Reliance on welfare programs has surged. Life expectancy is falling as substance abuse and obesity rates climb. These woes are not the inevitable result of irresistible global and technological forces. They are the di...

During the shutdown, we’ve learned what that transformed America would look like, and it is ugly.  https://buff.ly/3fceN...
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It's Time to Let America Work Again - Encounter Books

During the shutdown, we’ve learned what that transformed America would look like, and it is ugly. https://buff.ly/3fceNm1

As we begin the process of reopening our economy, it is critical that we get back to work. The economic shutdown was intended to slow the spread of a lethal virus, not to permanently sacrifice our freedoms—and certainly not to expand government power and “fundamentally transform” America. Duri...

Attend this free three-part webinar series for a view of American presidential electoral politics as it has evolved over...
07/27/2020
Special Webinar Series: Presidential Elections and Campaigns: What Can We Learn From History? - Teaching American History

Attend this free three-part webinar series for a view of American presidential electoral politics as it has evolved over the centuries, how things have changed, and how in some cases, been remarkably consistent. View the schedule and register to attend.

Join citizens and teachers from across Missouri as the Missouri Humanities Council and TeachingAmericanHistory.org present this free three-part webinar series. Each episode will focus on a different era of presidential campaign politics, focusing on a single pivotal election as a vehicle to examine....

This Broadside describes the degree to which Chinese influence has penetrated American society and what will be required...
07/27/2020
Communist China's War Inside America - Encounter Books

This Broadside describes the degree to which Chinese influence has penetrated American society and what will be required to prevent Communist China from winning the struggle in which we find ourselves today.

The People’s Republic of China and the United States are today at war. It is being fought with the use of information, politics and finance. The Chinese believe that, as in all war, it would be better to win without engaging the enemy on the battlefield or having to resort to the likes of nuclear ...

No ordinary citizen today can know what is legal and what is not. Some 300,000 federal crimes exist, 98 percent of which...
07/27/2020
The Unelected

No ordinary citizen today can know what is legal and what is not. Some 300,000 federal crimes exist, 98 percent of which were created by administrative action rather than Congressional lawmaking.

America is increasingly polarized around elections, but as James R. Copland explains, the unelected control much of the government apparatus.

Few will be able to read this book without at least questioning the wisdom of our current race-based preference regime, ...
07/26/2020
Wounds That Will Not Heal - Encounter Books

Few will be able to read this book without at least questioning the wisdom of our current race-based preference regime, which Russell Nieli analyses with a penetrating gaze and an eye for cant that will leave few unmoved. https://buff.ly/2WOxIgl

Racial preference policies first came on the national scene as a response to black poverty and alienation in America as dramatically revealed in the destructive urban riots of the late 1960s. From the start, however, preference policies were controversial and were greeted by many, including many who...

07/26/2020
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The true, the good, and the beautiful have few defenders, and the higher cynicism mocks any innocent love of wisdom or love of country. We are super competent regarding efficiency and convenience; we are at a loss regarding what it’s all for. https://buff.ly/3eXxqtw

Learn about new books, exclusive events, and special offers from America's premier intellectual conservative imprint by ...
07/26/2020

Learn about new books, exclusive events, and special offers from America's premier intellectual conservative imprint by signing up for the Encounter Books Newsletter, plus save 15% on your first order. https://buff.ly/3hwGuXX

We now routinely see the loss of civility and rank animosity towards anyone who dares to disagree with any aspect of the...
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A Scholar’s Lament | National Review

We now routinely see the loss of civility and rank animosity towards anyone who dares to disagree with any aspect of the “progressive” worldview. The old academic norms have given way to a kind of intellectual tribalism https://buff.ly/3g7jZJb

John M. Ellis has served on college faculties since 1963. He has seen a lot of change over the years, much of it deplorable.

During the shutdown, we’ve learned what that transformed America would look like, and it is ugly. https://buff.ly/3juHpd...
07/26/2020
It's Time to Let America Work Again - Encounter Books

During the shutdown, we’ve learned what that transformed America would look like, and it is ugly. https://buff.ly/3juHpdo

As we begin the process of reopening our economy, it is critical that we get back to work. The economic shutdown was intended to slow the spread of a lethal virus, not to permanently sacrifice our freedoms—and certainly not to expand government power and “fundamentally transform” America. Duri...

Can we envision a better future for the American worker? Both the Right and the Left provide solutions that will only mo...
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The Once and Future Worker - Encounter Books

Can we envision a better future for the American worker? Both the Right and the Left provide solutions that will only move us backward. The Once and Future Worker shows the way towards a renewal of American prosperity. https://buff.ly/2X1Y4eX

The American worker is in crisis. Wages have stagnated for more than a generation. Reliance on welfare programs has surged. Life expectancy is falling as substance abuse and obesity rates climb. These woes are not the inevitable result of irresistible global and technological forces. They are the di...

Few will be able to read this book without at least questioning the wisdom of our current race-based preference regime. ...
07/25/2020
Wounds That Will Not Heal - Encounter Books

Few will be able to read this book without at least questioning the wisdom of our current race-based preference regime. Read, learn, and be moved.

Racial preference policies first came on the national scene as a response to black poverty and alienation in America as dramatically revealed in the destructive urban riots of the late 1960s. From the start, however, preference policies were controversial and were greeted by many, including many who...

The Rise and Fall of Violent Crime in America combines a social history of the United States with the insights of crimin...
07/25/2020
The Rise and Fall of Violent Crime in America - Encounter Books

The Rise and Fall of Violent Crime in America combines a social history of the United States with the insights of criminology to analyze how and why violent crime has fallen in the decades after the 1960s. https://buff.ly/30GkvqK

A compelling case can be made that violent crime, especially after the 1960s, was one of the most significant domestic issues in the United States. Indeed, few issues had as profound an effect on American life in the last third of the twentieth century. After 1965, crime rose to such levels that it....

Did the Framers of the Constitution envision where we would be today? Crisis of the Two Constitutions details how we got...
07/25/2020
Crisis of the Two Constitutions - Encounter Books

Did the Framers of the Constitution envision where we would be today? Crisis of the Two Constitutions details how we got to and what is at stake in our increasingly divided America.

American politics grows embittered because it is increasingly torn between two rival constitutions, two opposed cultures, two contrary ways of life. American conservatives rally around the founders’ Constitution, as amended, and as grounded in the natural and divine rights and duties of the Declar...

Land of Hope provides a necessary and real history of America. It is both an honest and inspiring account of our nation'...
07/24/2020
Land of Hope - Encounter Books

Land of Hope provides a necessary and real history of America. It is both an honest and inspiring account of our nation's heritage. https://buff.ly/30x6yLQ

We have a glut of text and trade books on American history. But what we don’t have is a compact, inexpensive, authoritative, and compulsively readable book that will offer to intelligent young Americans a coherent, persuasive, and inspiring narrative of their own country. Such an account will shap...

For all the remarkable progress this country has made on race in the past half-century, liberals insist, for their own p...
07/24/2020
Why We Won’t Talk Honestly About Race - Encounter Books

For all the remarkable progress this country has made on race in the past half-century, liberals insist, for their own political and psychological purposes, on clinging to the notion of America as irredeemably racist. https://buff.ly/3jw8ehq

In the Age of Obama, the ugly charge of racism is more prevalent than ever. Why? Because telling the truth about racial profiling, crime, the social fallout of single parent homes, and the ways racial preferences distort the very meaning of equity and justice would mean facing up to the soul-destroy...

Leading a Worthy Life provides encouragement and guidance on love, family, and friendship; human excellence and human di...
07/24/2020
Leading a Worthy Life - Encounter Books

Leading a Worthy Life provides encouragement and guidance on love, family, and friendship; human excellence and human dignity; teaching, learning, and truth; and the great human aspirations of Western civilization. https://buff.ly/2CXjUch

Most American young people, like their ancestors, harbor desires for a worthy life: a life of meaning, a life that makes sense. But they are increasingly confused about what such a life might look like, and how they might, in the present age, be able to live one. With a once confident culture no lon...

The War on Cops proves that no government agency is more dedicated to the proposition that “black lives matter” than tod...
07/24/2020
The War on Cops - Encounter Books

The War on Cops proves that no government agency is more dedicated to the proposition that “black lives matter” than today’s data-driven, accountable police department.

Violent crime has been rising sharply in many American cities after two decades of decline. Homicides jumped nearly 17 percent in 2015 in the largest 50 cities, the biggest one-year increase since 1993. The reason is what Heather Mac Donald first identified nationally as the “Ferguson effect”: S...

Few will be able to read this book without at least questioning the wisdom of our current race-based preference regime, ...
07/23/2020
Wounds That Will Not Heal - Encounter Books

Few will be able to read this book without at least questioning the wisdom of our current race-based preference regime, which Russell Nieli analyses with a penetrating gaze and an eye for cant that will leave few unmoved. https://buff.ly/32J868a

Racial preference policies first came on the national scene as a response to black poverty and alienation in America as dramatically revealed in the destructive urban riots of the late 1960s. From the start, however, preference policies were controversial and were greeted by many, including many who...

“Read this book and take its warnings seriously.” ―Wendy Kaminer, author and lawyer https://buff.ly/3hmwTmv
07/23/2020
Conviction Machine - Encounter Books

“Read this book and take its warnings seriously.” ―Wendy Kaminer, author and lawyer https://buff.ly/3hmwTmv

Prosecutors can “indict a ham sandwich,” we hear, and laugh at the absurdity. Yet the joke captures a truth: federal prosecutors wield enormous power over us all. And the federal criminal justice system is so stacked in favor of the government that shocking numbers of innocent people have been s...

We’re tempted to see the Civil War as proof against another effort of secession. This book explodes that comforting beli...
07/23/2020
American Secession - Encounter Books

We’re tempted to see the Civil War as proof against another effort of secession. This book explodes that comforting belief and shows just how easy it would be for a state to exit the Union if that’s what its voters wanted. https://buff.ly/3eOa3mf

Americans have never been more divided, and we’re ripe for a breakup. The bitter partisan animosities, the legislative gridlock, the growing acceptance of violence in the name of political virtue—it all invites us to think that we’d be happier were we two different countries. In all the ways t...

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We are losing our freedoms and our rights. The despicable and hateful US mass media is a gigantic parasite that advocates top AND bottom PARASITISM. Welcome to the NEW COLONIALISM. Netanyahu is a war criminal. Normality is vanishing. We are being RUINED. Trump and Sanders are two heads of the same coin. The back of American labor has been broken.
WHY THE TIDES NECESSARILY INVOLVE BALANCED ELECTROMAGNETIC/GRAVITATIONAL FORCE/ENERGY: OVERLAY what is THE EYE in BALANCED RELATION to/WITH what is THE EARTH. Now, pay very close attention. (Notice the black space of THE EYE.) The stars AND PLANETS are POINTS in the night sky. THE EARTH is ALSO blue. Now, LOOK down at what is the EARTH/GROUND. The tides are a linked AND BALANCED electromagnetic/gravitational manifestation or form. Gravity/acceleration involves BALANCED inertia/INERTIAL RESISTANCE, AS ELECTROMAGNETISM/ENERGY IS GRAVITY. THE MOON is ALSO blue. Think about it ALL. Consider the ORANGE SUN/LAVA. LOOK at what is the BLUE SKY. GRAVITATIONAL force/ENERGY IS proportional to (or BALANCED with/as) inertia/INERTIAL RESISTANCE, AS ELECTROMAGNETISM/ENERGY IS GRAVITY. E=mc2 is DIRECTLY AND FUNDAMENTALLY DERIVED FROM F=ma. THE MOTION of WHAT IS THE MOON IS relative (or relational) to WHAT IS THE EARTH (AS what is THE EARTH/GROUND), AS gravity/acceleration involves BALANCED inertia/INERTIAL RESISTANCE; AS ELECTROMAGNETISM/ENERGY IS GRAVITY. GREAT. The tides are electromagnetic/gravitational IN BALANCE. Time DILATION proves that ELECTROMAGNETISM/ENERGY IS GRAVITY. E=mc2 is DIRECTLY AND FUNDAMENTALLY DERIVED FROM F=ma. A PHOTON may be placed at the center of what is THE SUN (as A POINT, of course), AS the reduction of SPACE is offset by (or BALANCED with) the SPEED OF LIGHT; AS ELECTROMAGNETISM/ENERGY IS GRAVITY. Gravity IS ELECTROMAGNETISM/ENERGY. SO, objects fall at the SAME RATE (neglecting air resistance, of course) regardless of their material COMPOSITION. In fact, E=mc2 AND F=ma PROVE that ALL of SPACE is NECESSARILY electromagnetic/gravitational IN BALANCE; AS ELECTROMAGNETISM/ENERGY IS GRAVITY. Great !!! Gravity AND ELECTROMAGNETISM/ENERGY are linked AND BALANCED opposites, AS ELECTROMAGNETISM/ENERGY IS GRAVITY. Gravity AND ELECTROMAGNETISM/ENERGY are linked AND BALANCED IN AND OUT of SPACE AND TIME, AS ELECTROMAGNETISM/ENERGY IS GRAVITY. This NECESSARILY represents, INVOLVES, AND describes what is possible/potential AND actual IN BALANCE. NOW, it is quite CLEAR why the falling MAN feels no gravity. "Mass"/ENERGY involves BALANCED inertia/INERTIAL RESISTANCE consistent WITH/AS what is BALANCED electromagnetic/gravitational force/ENERGY, AS ELECTROMAGNETISM/ENERGY IS GRAVITY. (Energy has/involves GRAVITY, AND ENERGY has/involves inertia/INERTIAL RESISTANCE.) GREAT. Consider THE MAN who is standing on what is THE EARTH/GROUND. Touch AND feeling BLEND, AS ELECTROMAGNETISM/ENERGY IS GRAVITY. The BALANCE of being AND EXPERIENCE is essential in conjunction WITH the UNDERSTANDING. BALANCE and completeness go hand in hand. THINK !!! (Outer "space" involves full inertia, AND it is fully invisible AND black.) THOUGHTS ARE INVISIBLE. The ultimate unification of physics/physical experience combines, BALANCES, and includes opposites. The DOME of a person's EYE is ALSO visible. CONSEQUENTLY, our experience is NECESSARILY that of the BALANCED MIDDLE DISTANCE in/of SPACE that is BETWEEN what is THE SUN AND c (the SPEED OF LIGHT); AS ELECTROMAGNETISM/ENERGY IS GRAVITY. GREAT. Gravity/acceleration involves BALANCED inertia/INERTIAL RESISTANCE, AS ELECTROMAGNETISM/ENERGY IS GRAVITY. ACCORDINGLY, the rotation of what is THE MOON MATCHES it's revolution. Great. Now, it is time to further discuss and describe what is THE MOON. The viscosity of LAVA is, in fact, BETWEEN that of WATER AND THE EARTH/GROUND. Now, at EYE LEVEL/BODY HEIGHT, witness the FLAT, SETTING, AND ORANGE SUN (with the SPACE around it THEN going invisible AND VISIBLE IN BALANCE). Great. The COMPOSITION of lunar rocks IS, in fact, practically IDENTICAL to that of Earth rocks. MOREOVER, the curvature or shape of THE MOON MATCHES that of the EARTH/GROUND (given a clear horizon, that is). THE MOON and THE EARTH are linked AND BALANCED opposites, AS ELECTROMAGNETISM/ENERGY IS GRAVITY. Hence, the relation to what is THE MOON upon THE TIDES is clearly established. Consider LAVA AND the ORANGE SUN. THE SUN and THE EARTH/GROUND are linked AND BALANCED opposites, AS gravity AND ELECTROMAGNETISM/ENERGY are linked AND BALANCED opposites; AS ELECTROMAGNETISM/ENERGY IS GRAVITY. The tides NECESSARILY involve BALANCED electromagnetic/gravitational force/ENERGY. Gravity IS ELECTROMAGNETISM/ENERGY. GREAT. By Frank DiMeglio
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I just heard an hour (+) interview by Albert Mohler (Get his app!) of Myron Magnet, author of “Clarence Thomas and the Lost Constitution” and decided to buy it, and did! The interview was by Albert Mohler whom I was turned on to only some few years ago. (GET Mohler’s app! And see what’s coming for both the USA and world, at the hands of forces of societal & spiritual decay). I haven’t read a scholarly history book since college (at UW Madison in the 70’s,) but ordered anyway. In college in the 70’s, pre- Christ (I was saved in 1981) I had the progressive, America-hating, Self-loathing of a pre-Christian attending a college-town “United Church of Christ... “ and attending Madison’s “Berkely Midwest state university; traveling to class with Ann Gaylor/American Atheist posters festooning the Cap Metro city busses, with sentiments loudly attacking both God and Bible. I was unable to evaluate, in any knowledgeable, balanced, or informed way assigned authors in UW American History classes, e.g. Richard Hofstadter, though I recall in another author’s book,the despising & defamation of a Puritan leader over his “faith” and poor goose-hunting skills... But just the interview of this book’s author was so informative that in just one hour it gave more unfiltered information on the likes of Woodrow Wilson than I received in an entire semester course on “US History, Civil War to Present!” — (and Wilson was not the main focus of the interview!) I recall in college nothing but the idealization of Wilson as a frustrated visionary who was so “ahead of his times” that a foolish world just couldn’t get with his precocious “League of Nations...” Dinesh Desousa began to straighten me out in his movies; with exposes on his (Democratic Party!!) racism, elitism, and KKK-sympathizing;, bigoted-movie-hosting presidency. I’d heard (previously to Desousa’s cinematic debut) of Wilson with regard to his, for the first time, in an honest, more balanced, & fuller way (and for the first time in my life) was presented a darker, less innocent & naive, good-matured-but-impractical portrait of Wilson, through the amazing phenomenon of Hillsdale College free online courses on American History, open to the public; and their series on the Progressive Movement. That course was a shock to a born & raised Wisconsinite, from a state which prides itself even in Junior High texts, and public displays, on being the “birthplace of the Progressive movement.” It took until my 50’s, then, to hear of a tradition which believed in government by (self-declared) “experts,” with an agenda seeking to purposely create bureaucratic power structures WITHOUT the checks and balances I’d at least HEARD OF (unlike today) in a positive light, in grade school, and with direct ballot initiative locally promoted to weaken the representative republican form of government on inconsequential issues, & more important topics kept sagely entirely out of the control of the American people; much against the Founder’s dreams. I look forward to the book since as I said, a mere interview with the author so expanded my anemic knowledge of American history the book should be both mind expanding and shocking. I’m guessing Hoffstadter’s book was both ACTUALLY dry and also pedantic & simultaneously dishonest enough, with the pall that usually casts) for even a wannabe liberal like myself to not quite finish it though I had 18 credits & nearly a 4.0 as a freshman. But after becoming a Christian, which is EXCITING, and gradually hearing of & even reading excerpts of true & inspiring events & God-ordained happenings in US history, in such books as “The Light & the Glory,” I fully expect to see more of the real spiritual war going on in America, one which started in the 1920’s and earlier; not just the 60’s, which were bad enough, which was the era of history I first became aware of, and thus SEEMED like the “start of the battle” — both when I was running off 500,000 flyers promoting Wisconsin’s Reagan-defying “Nuclear Weapons Freeze” resolution & marching for the same movement in Central Park with my wife-to-beand, erroneously; but (60’s) STILL seemed the only convulsion I was aware of well into my adult life & acceptance of both Christ AND alternative non-consensus views of current events. We always have a fear, (though my current one mitigated greatly, as a 40-year born-again-believer, by the knowledge that God not only is NOT SURPRISED by, but uses, all historical events. Mine, now that I was shadow-banned by Twitter for commenting on Obama & “Rules for Radicals” is of the tech giants and their fascist censorship; and for that reason, I have not used Amazon for this purchase, but you; as they are also banning books —including the thoughtful book (FOR CHRISTIANS!) by a gentleman who came out of the homosexual lifestyle & who advises CHRISTIANS of his struggles and success... Who are the book-burners and censors? Democrats. Who, as Dinesh says, destroyed the Black family AFTER fighting the new 100% anti-slavery Republican Party? The Democrats... Names have not changed (Read: Robert Byrd) only tactics: and the demons were not driven from the demonic Dixiecrats into a herd of Republicans: because the same demons live on, only now have dehumanized fetuses and infants, and infantilized the blacks and minorities that they claim to love.