Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Newly Arrived Books

Thanks to the generous donation of a reader and the modest income this blog earns from Newstex Content Syndication, I was able to purchase the following books:

  • The Imitation of Christ — I read Thomas à Kempis' XVth Century classic years ago and in it found all that I had hoped to find in my studies of Eastern religions. It is hoped that this inexpensive leather-bound edition will be of great spiritual assistance.

  • Conversations on Liberalism and the Church — Written by everyone's favorite XIXth Century American convert to Catholicism from Transcendentalism, The Catholic Encyclopedia entry on Orestes Augustus Brownson calls this "a small book which shows that if for a short period of his Catholic life, he parleyed with Liberalism, he had too much horror of it to embrace it." Perhaps it will cure me of my Liberalism.

  • Human Smoke: The Beginnings of World War II, the End of Civilization — Reviewers have hailed Nicholson Baker's book as what "may be the most compelling argument for peace ever assembled," as "one of the most important books you will ever read," as "a testament to the power of an outsider to a field to cause us to rethink conventional notions," as "a much stronger message of peace than mere argument could ever muster," and, finally and most importantly, as "an eloquent and passionate assault on the idea that the deliberate targeting of civilians can ever be justified." The older I get, the more of a pacifist I become.

  • Farmers of Forty Centuries: Organic Farming in China, Korea, and Japan — I've known about Franklin Hiram King's century-old classic for some time, and will read this with the aim of perhaps fulfilling the promise of my youthful membership in Future Farmers of America.
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    Blogger Tracy Fennell said...

    I've been interested in Farmers of Forty Centuries for a while as well. I'd love to hear some notes/thoughts on it when you get done with it.

    3:04 PM  
    Blogger The Western Confucian said...

    Great to hear from you again! I'll let you know. Right now, I'm absorbed in Human Smoke.

    6:39 PM  
    Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

    If anyone can cure you of your Liberalism, it will be Brownson. He is one of the great teachers of conservatism. His great classic, The American Republic, is must reading for anyone who seeks to understand the nature of our constitutional order.

    10:43 AM  
    Blogger The Western Confucian said...

    Like Kirk said of Burke, I'm liberal because I'm conservative.

    The American Republic was great. The Brownsonian idea of territorial democracy interested me a lot, and I'm still trying to get my head around what it means. Any insights?

    12:31 PM  

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