Beyond Uncertainty by David C. Cassidy

beyond uncertaintyBeyond Uncertainty: Heisenberg, Quantum Physics, and the Bomb, by David C. Cassidy, 2009

back jacket text:
“An excellent follow up on Cassidy’s earlier masterwork, Uncertainty. Cassidy offers deep insight into Heisenberg’s role as a principal founder of quantum mechanics and as the leading German physicist during the WWII years in the quest for atomic energy and weapons. A valuable book, intended for a broad audience of enlightened readers without technical background. I recommend it also for the insights it offers to today’s domestic and international challenges.”

– Benjamin Bederson, Physics Professor Emeritus, NYU, and Manhattan Project member.

The Making of the American Conservative Mind

The Making of the American Conservative Mind: National Review and its Times, by Jeffrey Hart, 2005, published by the Intercollegiate  Studies Institute (ISI Books)

From the jacket copy:

“National Review has been the leading conservative national magazine since it was founded in 1955, and in that capacity it has played a decisive role in shaping the conservative movement in the United States….Jeffrey Hart provides an authoritative and high-spirited history of how the magazine has come to define and defend conservatism for the past fifty years. He also gives a first-hand account of the thought and sometimes colorful personalities–including James Burnham, Willmoore Kendall, Russell Kirk, Frank Meyer, William Rusher, Priscilla Buckley, Wittaker Chambers, and, of course, the magazines founder, William F. Buckley, Jr.–who contributed to National Review’s life and wide influence.”

Not entirely biased based on the chapter titled George W. Bush: Transformative President. Though he doesn’t explain why he considered W to be transformative per se, other than disastrous Iraq war which cites W as having told a staffer in January 2001 that he planned to wage that war. He mentions the evangelicalism taking effect with prayer groups forming in the White House immediately. And to his credit, he ponders how conservative and evangelical really work, together or not.

Time Bomb

1986 style book jacketTime Bomb: The race between two geniuses to create the one weapon that will decide World War II, by Malcolm C. MacPherson, 1986

Enrico Fermi and Werner Heisenberg, proteges of Nils Bohr, both won Noble Prizes in physics when young men. Fermi fled to USA, Heisenberg stayed in Nazi Germany.

Really good book. Reads like a suspense story. Available used on Amazon.

American Fascists by Chris Hedges

book cover figure of Jesus wrapped in the flagAmerican Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America

Really excellent!

“Dr. James Luther Adams, my ethics professor at Harvard Divinity School, told us that when we were his age–he was then close to 80–we would all be fighting the ‘Christian Fascists.’ The warning, given to me nearly 25 years ago, came at the moment Pat Robertson and other radio and televangelists began speaking about a new political religion that would direct its efforts at taking control of all institutions, including mainstream denominations and the government. Its stated goal was to use the United States to create a global Christian empire. It was hard, at the time, to take such fantastic rhetoric seriously, especially given the buffoonish quality ¬†of the leaders in the Christian Right who expounded it. But Adams warned us against the blindness caused by intellectual snobbery. The Nazis, he said, were not going to return with swastikas and brown shirts. Their ideological inheritors in America had found a mask for fascism in patriotism and the pages of the Bible.”