First Prev
of 3
Next Last
Marcus Welby

United States

#1 Apr 26, 2010
I'm asking for suggestions for books to read about politics or current events. I read about 3 books a month trying to keep very up-to-date on what's going on with our dysfunctional government. I'm looking for books that are as unbiased as possible. I don't want "Republicans can do no wrong" by the Sean Hannity types nor do I want ultra-liberal books by the Al Franken types. Two books that I just finished that spread the blame to both sides of the aisle are HAVE YOU SEEN MY COUNTRY LATELY? by Jerry Doyle and NATIONAL SUICIDE by Martin Gross. Both were informative.

Any suggestions?

And please, try not to let this thread devolve into a pi$$ing contest between Republicans and Democrats.

Thanks.
Pale Dago

United States

#2 Apr 27, 2010
And please, try not to let this thread devolve into a pi$$ing contest between Republicans and Democrats.

Good luck with that.
Reading

Saint Louis, MO

#3 Apr 27, 2010
Oprah: A biography by Kitty Kelley
Marcus Welby

Saint Louis, MO

#4 Apr 27, 2010
Reading wrote:
Oprah: A biography by Kitty Kelley
Thanks, but when I asked for books about current events I was referring to the political landscape. I should have been more clear. I'm trying to read up on what's going on with our government.
CBN

Florissant, MO

#5 Apr 27, 2010
I believe the political landscape is currently changing by the hour.
CBM

O Fallon, MO

#6 Apr 27, 2010
CBN wrote:
I believe the political landscape is currently changing by the hour.
Sorry moron, that would be by the minute.
Marcus Welby

Saint Louis, MO

#7 May 3, 2010
Thanks for all of the book suggestions offered on this thread. It's comforting to know that all of you political experts are so widely read. I'll try to keep that in mind during the next TOPIX political argument. I was so wrong when I thought all of you who passionately give your political opinions get your geo-political knowledge at the barber shop.
Julie

Saint Louis, MO

#8 May 3, 2010
Marcus Welby wrote:
Thanks for all of the book suggestions offered on this thread. It's comforting to know that all of you political experts are so widely read. I'll try to keep that in mind during the next TOPIX political argument. I was so wrong when I thought all of you who passionately give your political opinions get your geo-political knowledge at the barber shop.
There are many sources for "geo-political" knowledge that are not in the form of a "book".
In fact, reading a book is a good source but books are often a lot of information built around one premise, conclusion or ideology.
One might get a better or wider "view" of a subject by reading shorter essays or articles from a large number of diverse sources.
Spending four hours reading a book by someone like Ann Coulter or Tom Friedman would provide far less insight into an issue than spending the same four hours scouring the internet or periodicals for a wide variety of views on the subject from a diverse group of writers with differing points of view.
Napoleon

AOL

#9 May 3, 2010
Marcus, you were probably asking for strategic/tangible books on politics, but if you would thoughtfully consider an allegorical or metaphorical book, Florissant City politics seem very similar to George Orwell's animal farm, complete with the Old Major dying and ambitious pigs rushing in to seize power. That absolute power corrupts them absolutely as we have seen in Florissant. Napoleon, a fierce-looking boar with a reputation for getting his way, re-writes the laws, and even history, as Lowery has done. And raises vicious dogs to be his "secret police" to intimidate and harass any dissidents. It is a morality fable about Stalin and communism and noble ideals gone astray.

"Everyone is equal, but some pigs are more equal than others."

The relevant lesson is that, if change comes after Lowery, what replaces him could be the same thing...an ambitious, connected "old guard" that exists primarily for the benefit of themselves and their own comfort and financial deals. "Here comes the new boss, just like the old boss."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animal_Farm
uh huh

Florissant, MO

#10 May 3, 2010
Marcus Welby wrote:
Thanks for all of the book suggestions offered on this thread. It's comforting to know that all of you political experts are so widely read. I'll try to keep that in mind during the next TOPIX political argument. I was so wrong when I thought all of you who passionately give your political opinions get your geo-political knowledge at the barber shop.
What would make you believe a Florissant forum would have geo politicist book reviewers? It seemed like a loaded query or a catch 22 situation from the original post. You didn't get (as you called it) a pissing contest. This must have disappointed you. Even though this is a Florissant forum, you could have stated examples of what you were looking for. Even when someone fallaciously suggested the Oprah book, you still never said the last book you read, so people would have an idea what you were looking for.

Turn on C-Span 1,2 or 3, CNN, CNBC and FNC that will give you something to start with. Read the blogs, news sites and news service sites. As much as Obama's on TV, radio and on his road trips it should give you an idea where the government is. Who can write a book that would be current regarding the federal bailout of banks and corporations that wouldn't be near obsolete by the time it was written, published and marketed?

Health care reform, illegals invading our country where the government doesn't want to think about. Oil rigs exploding and spewing crude oil for thousands of miles threatening wildlife and workers on the gulf shores who depend on the sea for their living. Not to mention the shift to socialism.

I doubt there are any books on the NY Times best seller list that address any of these issues. Books are like reading yesterday's news paper, you get the story but it's old news.
Trying to Understand

United States

#11 May 3, 2010
Try Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell; Startup Nation author unknown; and Rework author unknown.

Also of interest is a book explaining Obama's economic policies: The Audacity of Help.
Marcus Welby

Saint Louis, MO

#12 May 3, 2010
uh huh wrote:
<quoted text>
What would make you believe a Florissant forum would have geo politicist book reviewers? It seemed like a loaded query or a catch 22 situation from the original post. You didn't get (as you called it) a pissing contest. This must have disappointed you. Even though this is a Florissant forum, you could have stated examples of what you were looking for. Even when someone fallaciously suggested the Oprah book, you still never said the last book you read, so people would have an idea what you were looking for.
If you look at the very first post, I did mention the two most recent books I've read. Again, I was looking for well researched books that are as unbiased as possible. And, I put in the plea that we don't get into a left vs. right pi$$in contest because that's what usually happens on TOPIX with people who don't have a clue what they're talking about. I thank you for responding -- at least it shows that you take an interest.
Marcus Welby

Saint Louis, MO

#13 May 3, 2010
Trying to Understand wrote:
Try Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell; Startup Nation author unknown; and Rework author unknown.
Also of interest is a book explaining Obama's economic policies: The Audacity of Help.
Thank you. I'll check out some of the reviews and possibly pick them up.

“Common Sense Is -”

Since: Mar 10

Not So Common"

#14 May 9, 2010
Check this auther out, if nothing else the interview is funny.
http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-march-8...
Click on guests to see MANY more, lots of authers trying to sell their books, and you can get an idea as to what the book is about from the interviews.
Marcus Welby

United States

#15 May 9, 2010
SolitaryCanid wrote:
Check this auther out, if nothing else the interview is funny.
http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-march-8...
Click on guests to see MANY more, lots of authers trying to sell their books, and you can get an idea as to what the book is about from the interviews.
Thank you for the feedback.
Marcus Welby

United States

#16 Feb 19, 2012
It's been almost two years since I first put out this request. Since there are a lot of new people posting on Topix I thought I would try again.

I'm looking for titles of any good non-fiction books any of you have read lately that are focused on government, economics, progressivism, socialism, threats of Islam, etc. I'd prefer books that are not biased to the extremes of the left or the right. For what it's worth, one of the best books I've read in the past year was "Liberty vs. the Tyranny of Socialism" by Walter Williams who happens to be a Libertarian.

Any feedback would be appreciated.

“look up and laugh”

Since: Jun 08

guess, where

#17 Mar 26, 2012
check out Human Events, they offer many political books BUT they do tend to be right wing and you said two years ago that you didn't want that. The public library might be helpful too.
Killing Lincoln

AOL

#18 Mar 27, 2012
jdmdusa wrote:
check out Human Events, they offer many political books BUT they do tend to be right wing and you said two years ago that you didn't want that. The public library might be helpful too.
Killing Lincoln, Bill O'Rielly, history, non fiction
TTU

Saint Louis, MO

#19 Mar 27, 2012
Michael Lewis: Moneyball; The Big Short.

Ron Suskind: Confidence Men.

Ronald Reagan: The Reagan Diaries.

Mitt Romney: No Apology.

Barack Obama: Dreams of My Father; The Audacity of Hope.

Dinesh D'Souza: The Roots of Obama's Rage.

I recommend that you read, in order: The Audacity of Hope; Confidence Men; and No Apology, and give us your thoughts.

The St Louis Federal Reserve Bank website has some very good analytical papers on the economy and economic policies also.

“look up and laugh”

Since: Jun 08

guess, where

#20 Mar 27, 2012
Killing Lincoln wrote:
<quoted text>
Killing Lincoln, Bill O'Rielly, history, non fiction
you did not look enough. They have about 75 books.

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker
First Prev
of 3
Next Last

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Florissant Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
President Trump 2020 2 hr Enter Username 238
Suggestions on Song of the Week 2 hr Enter Username 243
Dumb American Youth (Oct '16) 2 hr White Chick 98
Ferg-Flor. school district 2 hr White Chick 27
"Space Force" 3 hr Enter Username 33
old sears hardware store 7 hr Dellwood boy 12
Open Borders, What do you get ? (Apr '17) 8 hr Marcus Welby 101

Florissant Jobs

Personal Finance

Florissant Mortgages