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.

Kevin Holtsberry
I work in communications and public affairs. I try to squeeze in as much reading as I can while still spending time with my wife and two kids (and cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers and Michigan Wolverines during football season).


  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:
    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.

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