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reviewed by T. Nelson

book review Score+3

The Stakes
America at the Point of No Return
Michael Anton
2020, 417 pages

Reviewed by T. Nelson

Michael Anton is the author of the famous essay The Flight 93 Election explaining why it was urgent to vote for Donald Trump in 2016. This book is his argument as to why it's even more urgent for voters to re-elect him.

Anton says that not only will 2020 be another Flight 93 election, every election thereafter will be one as well until the Democrats are forced to return to some semblance of sanity. This view is widely shared among grassroots conservatives.

One commentator called Anton an optimist, saying “Biden has the charisma of Punxsu­tawney Phil” and if Kamala is elected the censorship and oppression that we're all experiencing will increase exponentially.

This book is obviously highly partisan. It's light on analysis but heavy on descriptions of how bad things are—things anyone with an Internet connection and who doesn't rely on Google can verify. The last chapter gives his predictions and recommend­ations. Spoiler alert: one of them is to vote for Trump.

sep 09, 2020

book review Score+5

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Kurt Schlichter
2019, 321 pages

Reviewed by T. Nelson

Kurt Schlichter is getting better at writing fiction, and his character Kelly Turnbull is getting better at hitting his targets. No doubt he's been practicing with the new collection of firearms he's acquired since he almost ran out of ammunition in Wildfire. This time his mission is to blow something up in the People's Republic and . . . well, who cares, it's pretty much the same story as all Schlichter's previous novels: an action-packed vehicle for waxing sarcastic about PC and talking about firearms. What's important is that your testosterone levels will double by the end. Even if you're a girl.

V-22 Ospreys have been flying around overhead the whole time I was reading this. Now if you don't mind, I'm going to eat some beef. I was planning to give this book only four stars, but quite frankly I'm a little bit scared of the author.

As for Alyssa Milano seeing the error of her ways, as Schlichter predicts, I'm afraid that puts this book on my shelf next to that sci-fi book that predicts giant squid flying through time portals.

dec 08, 2019

book review Score+5

Notes From a Derelict Culture
David Solway
Black House, 2019, 229 pages

“A vacuum abhors nature,” writes Canadian David Solway in this short collection of essays. By this he means that the absence of cultural grounding manifests itself in a denial of reality. He says there is now a great emptiness in the Western soul along the entire cultural spectrum.

Solway's articles, mostly on topics of great interest to conservatives, are highly erudite, idiosyncratic, vivid, and often entertaining. He autopsies Al Gore's poem—yes, Al Gore once tried to write a poem—calling it “a dull, anaphoric litany riddled with malapropisms and marred by an unabashed tendency to pure bathos. . . .a dreadful piece of unmitigated fustian in every respect. ”

To save you the trouble of looking it up, ‘fustian’ means pompous, pretentious writing, and it can be a noun or adjective. Solway's writing is definitely not that.

Solway also asks whether Islam qualifies as a religion, calling it “a triumphalist ideology of conquest and colonial subordination.” He shows how one of cultural Marxism's goals is to undermine Western culture by devaluating marriage. He says that leftist ideology has its roots in early Christian Gnosticism. And he says one of his most harrowing experiences was to be forced to endure the awful smells of Old Spice, Chanel No. 5, and the scented minipad in his daily commute. I can attest that this is a big problem in Canada, having once nearly died from the smell of raspberry while visiting Toronto.

Readers may take issue with some of his conclusions, but Solway insists that the freedom to express dissenting opinions is critical to the survival of our culture. It's the mark of a good scholar that he makes his case in a way that exercises the mind even as it adds mileage to the reader's dictionary.

Reviewed by T. Nelson

dec 08, 2019