April 2nd, 2011

C.J. MALONEY: New Book Released


"It seems to me the time has arrived...a human experiment station is being established."

Those words by Eleanor Roosevelt marked the beginning of one of the New Deal's most influential, and least known, projects - the Division of Subsistence Homsteads. Designed to create a "new" American, and a new America, it resulted in the establishment of modern America as we know it.

My first book, Back to the Land: Arthurdale, FDR's New Deal, and the Costs of Economic Planning is now availble on Amazon and tells the story of Arthurdale, that project's crown jewel.

ROBERT HIGGS: Work in Progress: A Boy and His Mom


Anyone who knows me well also knows that I revere my father. Two years ago, on the one-hundredth anniversary of his birth, I wrote a short remembrance of him as a tribute to the most important man in my life, the kind of man who might well inspire others, as he inspired me. In view of how greatly I esteem my father, someone might infer that I do not have a great deal of appreciation for my mother (Doris Geraldine Higgs, ne Leiby, May 14, 1917 – May 25, 1980). Such an inference, however, would be a mistake. Although my mom was in many ways a different sort of person than my dad, she also had a great influence on her younger son (Bobby Larry, as she called me). As I have reflected on my relationship with her, I have come to believe that in an extremely important regard she influenced me in exactly the same way that my dad influenced me―which is to say, she gave me an appreciation of the joy of working, and of doing one’s work readily and well, rather than grudgingly and carelessly.


DAVID T. BEITO: You Must Own This Book! (Raico's Great Wars and Great Leaders)


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<p class="ljsyndicationlink"><a href="http://hnn.us/blogs/entries/138141.html">http://hnn.us/blogs/entries/138141.html</a></p><p><IMG SRC="http://www.asiaing.com/images/stories/2011/Great.Wars.Great.Leaders.jpg" WIDTH="200" HEIGHT="300"</A><P> Anyone who thinks that they know anything about World War I, Harry S Truman, or Winston Churchill should first read <a href="http://mises.org/store/Great-Wars-and-Great-Leaders-P10437.aspx">Great Wars and Great Leaders: A Libertarian Rebuttal</a> by Ralph Raico. Once they do, they might realize just how little they really know. I have taught and researched American history for a quarter century but there was a lot here that was completely new to me.<P> In elegant, and often witty, prose, Raico demolishes interpretations that all too many historians, and members of the reading public, take for granted. Few single volumes by any historian pack so much punch, and or have so much breadth. <P> Raico shows, for example, that historians who accept the Fischer Thesis, which puts the main blame for World War I on Germany, as the "last word" on the subject are sadly mistaken. <p> Raico pokes apart the standard assumption that Winston Churchill was a far-sighted and principled wartime leader who consistently opposed Communism. Champions of Truman as a great president will find it hard to explain away stunning evidence of the "plucky little man from Missouri's" habitual resort to emergency powers and politically cynical war scares. <P> Those of us in need of rich material for lectures in American history, on the other hand, will be able to profit from a treasure trove of revealing quotations, richly illustrative anecdotes, and high-powered interpretation. Ralph Raico has performed a great service in writing this book. <br /> </p>