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url 2020-04-07 16:14
Podcast #178 is up!
Revolutionary Brothers: Thomas Jefferson, the Marquis de Lafayette, and the Friendship That Helped Forge Two Nations - Tom Chaffin

My latest podcast is up on the New Books Network website! In it, I interview Tom Chaffin about his history of the friendship between Thomas Jefferson and the Marquis de Lafayette. Enjoy!

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review 2019-12-26 21:24
Fact or fiction?
Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That Changed American History - Brian Kilmeade,Don Yaeger

About 3 pages into Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates by Brian Kilmeade I felt that the author had a real issue with Muslims and he wrote this book to denounce them through a historical lens. As he drew parallels to the Barbary Wars (what's detailed in this book) and present day conflicts, he made the claim that slavery was a unique and barbarous practice only perpetrated by Muslims against whites. (Duh that's not the case.) By the time I had finished the book my overwhelming impression was that this book was not only Islamophobic but a major piece of revisionist history. (I even checked other reader's reviews to make sure that I wasn't completely off the mark here and they back up my feelings pretty much across the board.) He makes a strong argument for a show of military strength over diplomacy. In fact, the Barbary Wars were what precipitated the formation of the Navy and Marines (the 'shores of Tripoli' ring any bells?). I couldn't even tell you if what he says happened really happened when such a large focus was on ideas other than the historical events of the moment. 0/10

 

And then to discover that this book which was recommended to me by a coworker was in fact written by a co-host of Fox & Friends made total sense after the fact. ¯_(ツ)_/¯ 

 

What's Up Next: The Star Diaries by Stanislaw Lem

 

What I'm Currently Reading: Inside Out: A Memoir by Demi Moore

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review 2019-12-10 14:30
Podcast #166 is up
Thomas Jefferson: A Modern Prometheus - Wilson Jeremiah Moses

My latest podcast is up on the New Books Network website! In it, I interview Wilson J. Moses about his survey Thomas Jefferson's manifold intellectual activities and what they reveal about his ideas. Enjoy!

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text 2019-11-30 22:44
Reading progress update: I've read 450 out of 518 pages.
Thomas Jefferson: A Modern Prometheus - Wilson Jeremiah Moses

It took me a good chunk of the book to figure out what Moses is doing it, but I finally figured it out. Basically it's a dissection of Jefferson's thinking in a variety of areas, from science to economics to political theory. It's definitely interesting, but not the first title I'd recommend to anyone seeking a book on America's third president.

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text 2019-11-28 00:53
Reading progress update: I've read 48 out of 518 pages.
Thomas Jefferson: A Modern Prometheus - Wilson Jeremiah Moses

I'm reading this for an interview and so far it's proving dense. It's a series of essays about Jefferson's reputation that range pretty widely, and assume a great deal of familiarity with American history.

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