Category Archives: Books

How Moral Thinking Makes Us Liberal Or Conservative

Jonathan Haight, author of The Righteous Mind: Why We Are Divided By Religion And Politics (my review is forthcoming) delivers an excellent TED presentation about his moral ideas. Haight is a moral psychologist who has turned from a very liberal political view … Continue reading

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How We Think: Fast And Slow

If you like this video, I’d recommend reading the book it was based on, “Thinking Fast and Slow” by Daniel Kahneman. I haven’t done a book review of it, but it’s an excellent read.

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Book Review: The Finish: The Killing Of Osama Bin Laden by Mark Bowden

I vividly remember the moment I heard that a second plane hit the World Trade Center. Equally as vivid was the moment I learned that Osama Bin Laden had been killed by US forces. These two events bookend a dark period … Continue reading

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An Illustrated Conversation With Maurice Sendack

You must watch/listen to this conversation between Maurice Sendack and Terry Gross. Hat tip to Andrew Sullivan’s blog The Dish for posting this.

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Oliver Stone’s New Book is Just Horrible

Michael Moynihan rips Oliver Stone’s new “history” book to shreds in a new article. I have already posted my disdain for Stone’s ridiculous arguments, twice. Moynihan does it much better, however: The Untold History of the United States is a doorstop … Continue reading

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Book Review: Benjamin Franklin by Walter Isaacson

American ideologues of all stripes (but particularly the far right) love to use the founding fathers to argue their talking points. The truth is far messier. No founding father fits into the mold of what we consider right or left. … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Mortality” by Christopher Hitchens

Reading of one’s own death can have a strange effect on a person. In the case of Christopher Hitchens, it prompted Hitch 22 a memoir of exceptional quality. While on tour promoting his memoir, Hitchens was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. During the … Continue reading

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