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Free Books for Bloggers (kinda)

*this post has been edited (why? because I can!)*
Madison Slade (aka Moxie) has a review of Ann coulter’s latest book posted at Blogcritics: Sorority Girls Can be Lawyers & Writers Too. Moxie takes a unique look at Coulter and her writing style so check it out.

This post has inspired me to offer the following proposal:

Once a month I will purchase a book for a someone to review. The only requirement is that you post a review within 30 days to blogcritics or your own site. If you don’t have a site but want to compete and review a book I can post the review. I will choose based on requests to me and on what I find interesting and useful.

So if you want me to buy you a book so you can review it let me know (in the comments or via email) what the book is and why you want to read/review it. I will pick the first one this month.


The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket


What I am reading


  1. You’ve gotta be joking. You’ll buy me a book??? And all I gotta do is read it and yak about it??? OK, if you decide I’m the lucky winner, here is a list of books I would love to receive/review. You pick which one of course.

    In order of my preference:
    1) Any of the “Love and Rockets” books I don’t have yet: “X,” “Fear of Comics,” or “Hernandez Satyricon.” Info here: http://www.fantagraphics.com/artist/lr/lrgn/lrgn.html
    Not technically “books” really, but hey.

    2) Richard Brookhiser’s bios of George Washington or the Adams family.

    3) _The Weight of Glory_ by CS Lewis

    4) Anything by Hernando de Soto

    5) Christopher Hitchens, _Orwell’s Victory_

    6) _Jewish Perspectives on the Experience of Suffering_, ed. Shalom Carmy

    7) Stanley Fish, _Surprised by Sin_

    Can’t hurt to ask! Let me know what transpires, as I’d be interested to see what gets reviewed.

  2. Well, I’ll chime in with a few.

    The Embarrassment of Riches: An Interpretation of Dutch Culture in the Golden Age by Simon Schama

    Interesting and highly-praised portrait of Dutch society and psychology during their period of commercial per-eminence. Perhaps fuel for interesting parallels with modern American ideas and attitudes.

    The Seduction of Place: The History and Future of the City by Joseph Rykwert

    This is a bok about the inter-relationship of individuals with the cities they inhabit, and how said cities might develop.

    Before European Hegemony: The World System A.D. 1250-1350 by Janet L. Abu-Lughod

    This is a wide-ranging economic hostory book about the situation that existed before the rise of Europe. I’m very interested in this development and how and why Europe rose to per-eminence.

  3. Free books! I’m there! I am afraid virtually all non-fiction books have semicolons in the title. When did this become a publishing requirement?

    Some suggestions:

    Constitutional Interpretation: Textual Meaning, Original Intent, and Judicial Review
    — Keith E. Whittington

    Vaulting Ambition: Sociobiology and the Quest for Human Nature
    — Philip Kitcher

    The Golem — Gustav Meyrink

    The Grand Strategy of the Roman Empire
    — Edward Lutwak

    Virtue and the Making of Modern Liberalism.
    –Peter Berkowitz

    Dunciad — Alexander Pope, in fact, any Pope

  4. Hmmm…how about something fun…nothing like a Conservative reviewing…

    Stupid White Men by Michael Moore, Noam Chomsky’s 9-11, or Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace by Gore Vidal.

  5. Richard


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