Official Secrets: what the Nazis planned and what Americans knew (1998)
Also by Richard Breitman
The Architect of Genocide: Himmler and the Final Solution
Read but had to return to library so will have to re-check out to give more detail here.
Conservatives without Conscience by John Dean (2006)
Fantastic book. I was, at first, reluctant to read it because it was by John Dean of Watergate and Nixon infamy, however the cover jacket text and random sampling showed it was not a bunch of conservative propaganda. Especially interesting if a bit tedious are the tables at the back documenting how personalities of people lay out in conservative thinking. But mainly his basic prose is lucid and insightful.
Alperovitz, Gar. America beyond Capitalism: Reclaiming Our Wealth, Our Liberty, and Our Democracy. United States: Wiley, John & Sons, 9 Nov. 2004.
Arvedlund, Erin. Open Secret: The Global Banking Conspiracy That Swindled Investors out of Billions. United States: Penguin Group (USA), 25 Sept. 2014.
Austin, Michael. That’s Not What They Meant!: Reclaiming the Founding Fathers from America’s Right Wing. United States: Prometheus Books, 18 Sept. 2012.
Bacigalupi, Paolo. The Water Knife. United States: Center Point, 1 Aug. 2015.
How Music Works (2012)
Really good book. I am enjoying learning so many things from this book.
Here is a sample passage on p. 86 on the topic of vibrato.
Vibrato, the slight wavering in pitch, is often employed by contemporary string players, and it is a good example of the effect of recordings, because it’s something we take for granted as always having been there. We tend to think, “That’s how violin players play. That’s the nature of how one plays that instrument.” It wasn’t, and it’s not. Katz contends that before the advent of recording, vibrato added to a note was considered kitschy, tacky, and was universally frowned upon, unless one absolutely had to use it when playing in the uppermost registers. Vibrato as a technique, whether employed in a vocal performance or with a violin, helps mask pitch discrepancies, which might explain why it was considered “cheating.” As recording became more commonplace in the early part of the twenty century, it was found that by using a bit more by vibrato, not only could the volume of the instrument be increased (very important when there was only one mic or a single huge horn to capture an orchestra or ensemble), but the pitch – now painfully and permanently apparent – could be smudged by adding the wobble.”
American Taliban: How war, Sex, Sin, and Power Bind Jihadists and the Radical Right. The author is the founder of Daily Kos.
“Totalitarianism for Christ” is the phrase by Jeff Sharlet (NPR) he uses in the book that I think does capture the factual basis of why the right is a serious threat to democracy.
“Fact is, progressives hate the Taliban and other Islamic fundamentalists precisely for the same reason we hate rabid conservatives at home: their fear of change, their contempt for nontraditional lifestyles, their mania for militaristic solutions, and their fascistic efforts to impose their narrow worldview on the rest of society.” [intro p x]