Sunday, November 6, 2016

Friday, November 4, 2016

Book Review: "Death of the Family: True Stories of the Charlatans Who Deceived the World and Broke the Backbone of Our Society"

The author of this book, Christopher J. Green,  asked me to review it nearly a year ago and he kindly sent me a hard copy to read. As there were some health issues and family things going on, I did let him know that it might be several months before I could finish reading it and get a review written. Here is the review.

 The hard copy is 11.25 by 8.5 inches and the print size and presentation style makes it an easy read.
Much of the book was well written and well thought out. While it does not provide any new information to someone who has done a modicum of research to inform themselves, to someone who is new to the ideas presented, some of it would be an excellent introduction. I was really looking forward to reading this book.

That said, The very first part of the book, the introduction, makes it clear that this is really two books, and they do not mesh gracefully. One is the book I had hoped this would be - a straightforward, easily understood book about how communism is infiltrating American culture and destroying it from within.  The other is a fairly resentful book about how feminism has kicked the author in a private place and made him very bitter. While feminism is one of the methods being used to destroy the judeo-christian values of America and the family unit, the author would have been better served to narrow his scope to those aspects of the communist ideology that have not affected him quite so personally. The numerous insertions of the author's own negative, personal experiences are jarring to the reader and detract from the other information. And that is a shame because the author really is able to communicate his points well when he can remove himself from the narrative.While the positive insertions are not so jarring, they still prove a distraction from the otherwise smooth flow of ideas.

The information on Marxism and the goals and methods by which it is infiltrating our society is clear, well presented and easily understood. Sadly, the narrative of the other book, the extremely negative book on the author's personal experiences with feminism and the results of the feminist ideology on America, undermines the factual information. There are emotional comments, some rather egregious leaps of logic and  unsupported conclusions that seem to be mainly related to feminism and the author's personal experiences.

Chapter 7 and beyond belongs squarely to the other book. Not only that, but these chapters are unseemly. Had I known that this is how these topics would be covered, I would have refused to review this book. Yes, the chapter headings do a good job of warning the reader what will be covered, but to review a book, there is an obligation to read all of it. Most of this was information of which I was aware, but were I not, it did not require either the graphic descriptions of the work of the kinsey's and their "researchers" or the additional details of the author's personal experiences to make the author's poiints. I do not want to know the author that well. Personal anecdotes are one thing, intimate confessionals of personal foibles are quite another.

The other problem with the hard copy is the method of referencing other works throughout. There are many underlined bits that are  hyperlinks in the E-copy, but they do not provide an URL for the reader of the hard copy to reference. The relatively short list of resources in the back presents the same challenge. There were several times, during my reading that I would have liked to reference whatever url would have been linked to an underlined word or passage, but there was no way to do so.

It is with regret that I must decline to endorse this book. I had very high hopes for it. For those in need of the basics of some of the information presented there, I will recommend the video "The Narrative" by Mr. Bill Whittle which may be found here. (And he has also done a series entitled "What We Believe" outlining why conservatives hold the positions they do, that is exceptional and well worth watching.)
If you prefer to read, I can recommend a book entitled "Intellectual Morons: How Ideology Makes Smart People Fall for Stupid Ideas" by Daniel J. Flynn
 
My sincere thanks to Mr. Green for thinking my opinion to be worth seeking, for sending me the book in hard copy to read and for his patience in waiting for my schedule to allow me the time to read his book. And my sincere regrets that I did not find it to be something I could endorse.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Fraction Magic - Detail Version

"It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."
~ Joseph Stalin