The Bookmonger with John J. Miller https://ricochet.com Sat, 05 Dec 2020 14:13:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Ricochet Audio Network Ricochet.com support@ricochet.com The Bookmonger with John J. Miller https://ricochet.com no episodic 2020 by Ricochet.com 10-minute interviews with today's top authors on current events, politics, history, and more. 174309703 187. Discrimination and Disparities Discrimination and Disparities 187 Tue, 27 Mar 2018 13:22:59 +0000
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Inequality is normal, says Thomas Sowell in his new book, "Discrimination and Disparities."

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Sowell explains what Americans most misunderstand about disparity, the extent to which discrimination accounts for inequality, and why in his late 80s he has retired from writing newspaper columns but he keeps on writing books.


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186. Blood Letters: The Untold Story of Lin Zhao, a Martyr in Mao’s China Blood Letters: The Untold Story of Lin Zhao, a Martyr in Mao’s China 186 Tue, 20 Mar 2018 01:01:13 +0000
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She was the great dissident of Communist China, and Lian Xi tells her tale in "Blood Letters: The Untold Story of Lin Zhao, a Martyr in Mao's China."

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Lian Xi describes how Christian faith inspired Lin Zhao to speak out against to totalitarianism, how she paid for her opposition with her life, and why her remarkable writings have managed to survive.


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503553 The Bookmonger with John J. Miller 12:43 No full https://ricochet.com/podcast/bookmonger-john-miller/blood-letters-untold-story-lin-zhao-martyr-maos-china/
185. 30 Days a Black Man: The Forgotten Story that Exposed the Jim Crow South 30 Days a Black Man: The Forgotten Story that Exposed the Jim Crow South 185 Tue, 13 Mar 2018 03:56:03 +0000
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Ray Sprigle embarked on an undercover mission of journalism in 1948, and Bill Steigerwald describes what Sprigle found in "30 Days a Black Man: The Forgotten Story that Exposed the Jim Crow South."

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Steigerwald describes Sprigle's reporting, whether his journalism was truly objective, and how Sprigle's work differs from the the 1961 book "Black Like Me," by John Howard Griffin.


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184. The Terminal List The Terminal List 184 Tue, 06 Mar 2018 01:28:55 +0000
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Former Navy SEAL sniper Jack Carr delivers his debut thriller: "The Terminal List."

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Carr explains why he wanted to write fiction, how his experience as a Navy SEAL shaped his story, and why he has one of his novel's villains read a book by Brad Thor.


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183. Leading a Worthy Life: Finding Meaning in Modern Times Leading a Worthy Life: Finding Meaning in Modern Times 183 Mon, 26 Feb 2018 20:27:06 +0000
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Love, family, and friendship are the ingredients for a worthy life, but these days they're under assault, says Leon Kass, author of "Leading a Worthy Life: Finding Meaning in Modern Times."

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Kass explains why so many people find it hard to live meaningful lives, how much of the blame goes to the rise of secularism, and how listeners might begin to recover the things our culture has lost.


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498441 The Bookmonger with John J. Miller 12:12 No full https://ricochet.com/podcast/bookmonger-john-miller/leading-worthy-life-finding-meaning-modern-times/
182. 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos 182 Mon, 19 Feb 2018 21:44:36 +0000
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"Set you house in perfect order before you criticize the world." That's Rule #6 in Jordan B. Peterson's new book, "12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos."

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Peterson describes the purpose of his12 rules, the advantages and disadvantages of chaos and order, and why he turns to stories for wisdom.


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496758 The Bookmonger with John J. Miller 12:44 No full https://ricochet.com/podcast/bookmonger-john-miller/12-rules-life-antidote-chaos/
181. Crisis of Responsibility: Our Cultural Addiction to Blame and How You Can Cure It Crisis of Responsibility: Our Cultural Addiction to Blame and How You Can Cure It 181 Mon, 12 Feb 2018 17:41:47 +0000
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Both liberals and conservatives are wrong about the ultimate source of the 2008 financial meltdown, write David L. Bahnsen in "Crisis of Responsibility: Our Cultural Addiction to Blame and How You Can Cure It."

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Bahnsen explains why neither the actions of Wall Street nor Big Government can explain what happened and what Americans can do to recover their sense of self-government.


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494959 The Bookmonger with John J. Miller 13:10 No full https://ricochet.com/podcast/bookmonger-john-miller/crisis-responsibility-cultural-addiction-blame-can-cure/
180. The Case Against Education: Why the Education System Is a Waste of Time and Money The Case Against Education: Why the Education System Is a Waste of Time and Money 180 Mon, 05 Feb 2018 21:44:48 +0000
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Bryan Caplan says that everything you think you know about education is wrong in his new book, "The Case Against Education: Why the Education System Is a Waste of Time and Money."

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Caplan explains why he as a Ph.D. holder wanted to blow the whistle on today's schooling, describes how he'd rebuild the education system from scratch, and offers advice to parents who just want to help their kids.


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493172 The Bookmonger with John J. Miller 13:19 No full https://ricochet.com/podcast/bookmonger-john-miller/case-education-education-system-waste-time-money/
179. The Tyranny of Metrics The Tyranny of Metrics 179 Mon, 29 Jan 2018 18:27:14 +0000
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Do we let metrics run our lives? That's the worry of Jerry Z. Muller, author of The Tyranny of Metrics.

In a 10-minutes conversation with The Bookmonger, Muller explains the use and abuse of metrics, how he as a history professor became interested in the subject, and how ordinary people can tell the difference between good and bad metrics.


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178. The Wizard and the Prophet: Two Remarkable Scientists and Their Dueling Visions to Shape Tomorrow’s World The Wizard and the Prophet: Two Remarkable Scientists and Their Dueling Visions to Shape Tomorrow’s World 178 Mon, 22 Jan 2018 21:00:58 +0000
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A struggle between innovation and conservation will define the 21st century, says Charles C. Mann in The Wizard and the Prophet: Two Remarkable Scientists and Their Dueling Visions to Shape Tomorrow's World.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Mann describes the ideas of Norman Borlaug (the wizard) and William Vogt (the prophet), explains why their clash defined our era, and how studying the debates of the recent past can help us understand the future.


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177. The Administrative Threat The Administrative Threat 177 Mon, 15 Jan 2018 21:56:21 +0000
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Philip Hamburger describes what he calls the most pressing civil-liberties issue of our time in The Administrative Threat.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Hamburger describes the problem of the administrative state, why Woodrow Wilson deserves much of the blame, and whether President Trump is providing a solution.


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486637 The Bookmonger with John J. Miller 14:03 No full https://ricochet.com/podcast/bookmonger-john-miller/the-administrative-threat/
176. Fools and Mortals Fools and Mortals 176 Mon, 08 Jan 2018 19:28:04 +0000
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Novelist Bernard Cornwell writes about Shakespeare and his mysterious brother, Richard, in .

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Cornwell describes his interest in the cutthroat world of Elizabethan theater, why the Puritans hated plays, and his own experience as an actor at the Monomoy Theatre on Cape Cod.


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484595 The Bookmonger with John J. Miller 12:31 No full https://ricochet.com/podcast/bookmonger-john-miller/fools-and-mortals/
175. Why Liberalism Failed Why Liberalism Failed 175 Mon, 01 Jan 2018 19:05:06 +0000
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Patrick Deneen isn't talking about merely Democrats and progressives in his new book with a bracing title, Why Liberalism Failed -- he's talking about the American political regime, including conservatives.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Deneen describes why he thinks liberalism's days are numbered, how Americans have become more individualist and more statist at the same time, and whether there's actually a viable alternative to the liberalism we've come to know, even with its weaknesses.


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174. Courage To Grow: How Acton Academy Turns Learning Upside Down Courage To Grow: How Acton Academy Turns Learning Upside Down 174 Sun, 24 Dec 2017 15:35:55 +0000
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Laura A. Sandefer describes a radical new form of K-12 education in Courage To Grow: How Acton Academy Turns Learning Upside Down.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, she describes why she and her husband wanted to start a new school, why it doesn't have teachers or grades or classrooms in the traditional sense, and what she's learned about education since founding Acton Academy almost a decade ago.


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173. President McKinley: Architect of the American Century President McKinley: Architect of the American Century 173 Mon, 18 Dec 2017 23:20:26 +0000
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He was the first modern Republican, says Robert W. Merry in his new biography, President McKinley: Architect of the American Century.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Merry argues McKinley is more important than most people recognize; that his lack of recognition is partly the fault of his colorful successor, Theodore Roosevelt; and that McKinley pioneered a form of "non-colonial imperialism" that holds lessons for American foreign policy today.


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172. Mad Jones, Heretic Mad Jones, Heretic 172 Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:46:48 +0000
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Thesis #12: "God is a Jerk." That's a provocative line from Quin Hillyer';s satiric novel, Mad Jones, Heretic.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Hillyer explains why his main character is mad at God, how Martin Luther inspires him, and why the media turns him into a star.


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171. 1917: Lenin, Wilson, and the Birth of the New World Disorder 1917: Lenin, Wilson, and the Birth of the New World Disorder 171 Tue, 05 Dec 2017 03:13:26 +0000
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We're still feeling a fateful year's repercussions a century later, writes Arthur Herman in 1917: Lenin, Wilson, and the Birth of the New World Disorder.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Herman explains why 1917 was such a big deal, how Vladimir Lenin and Woodrow Wilson were alike, and how the election of President Trump may mark the end of an era they began.


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170. From Oligarchy to Republicanism: The Great Task of Reconstruction. From Oligarchy to Republicanism: The Great Task of Reconstruction. 170 Tue, 28 Nov 2017 02:43:52 +0000
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Americans who fly the Confederate flag don't understand the nature of tyranny in the antebellum South, writes Forrest A. Naborsin From Oligarchy to Republicanism: The Great Task of Reconstruction.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Nabors explains the goals of Reconstruction, why so few people truly understand its era, and whether we should regard it as a success or failure.


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472837 The Bookmonger with John J. Miller 13:48 No full https://ricochet.com/podcast/bookmonger-john-miller/oligarchy-republicanism-great-task-reconstruction/
169. Arthur Vandenberg: The Man in the Middle of the American Century Arthur Vandenberg: The Man in the Middle of the American Century 169 Mon, 20 Nov 2017 18:17:57 +0000
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Hendrik "Hank" Meijer writes about a forgotten giant of the Senate in Arthur Vandenberg: The Man in the Middle of the American Century.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Meijer tells the story of this Michigan Republican and how he moved from being an anti-New Deal isolationist in the 1930s to a world statesmen in the 1940s-all the while regarding himself as a true conservative.


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168. The Quantum Spy The Quantum Spy 168 Tue, 14 Nov 2017 02:45:05 +0000
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A 21st-century Manhattan Project lies at the heart of The Quantum Spy, the new espionage novel by David Ignatius.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Ignatius explains the potential of quantum computing, the rivalry between the CIA and the intelligence services of China, and why spies enclose the truth in"a carapace of deceit."


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167. The Great Halifax Explosion: A World War I Story of Treachery, Tragedy, and Extraordinary Heroism The Great Halifax Explosion: A World War I Story of Treachery, Tragedy, and Extraordinary Heroism 167 Mon, 06 Nov 2017 22:40:47 +0000
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The explosion was so enormous, it killed 2,000 people and erupted into a mushroom cloud long before the Manhattan Project-and John U. Bacon writes about how and why it happened in The Great Halifax Explosion: A World War I Story of Treachery, Tragedy, and Extraordinary Heroism.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Bacon describes the horrible events of December 6, 1917 as well as what lessons the disaster holds for us today. He also explains how his interest in this story began through his love of hockey.


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166. The New Annotated Frankenstein The New Annotated Frankenstein 166 Mon, 30 Oct 2017 20:37:33 +0000
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Happy Halloween! This episode of The Bookmonger features a 10-minute conversation with Leslie S. Klinger, editor of The New Annotated Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley. Why has Shelley's novel endured for two centuries? What does its fame owe to Boris Karloff and the movies? Does it hold any special lessons in our age of rapid scientific and technological advances?


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466127 The Bookmonger with John J. Miller 12:19 No full https://ricochet.com/podcast/bookmonger-john-miller/new-annotated-frankenstein/
165. Scalia Speaks: Reflections on Law, Faith, and Life Well Lived Scalia Speaks: Reflections on Law, Faith, and Life Well Lived 165 Tue, 24 Oct 2017 04:01:59 +0000
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Antonin Scalia was not merely a great legal mind, he was also a great writer-as Christopher J. Scalia reveals in Scalia Speaks: Reflections on Law, Faith, and Life Well Lived, a collection of speeches by his late father (and co-edited with Edward Whelan).

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Scalia describes assembling this book from his father's papers, how the elder Scalia learned to write so well and on so many topics (from the value of the arts to the wonders of turkey hunting), and on his surprising friendship with fellow Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.


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464372 The Bookmonger with John J. Miller 12:40 No full https://ricochet.com/podcast/bookmonger-john-miller/scalia-speaks-relections-law-faith-life-well-lived/
164. The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict Was Fought and Won The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict Was Fought and Won 164 Tue, 17 Oct 2017 05:33:08 +0000
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World War II was in fact many wars, writes Victor Davis Hanson in The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict Was Fought and Won.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Hanson describes why he avoided writing yet another chronological or operational history of World War II, how the Allies were able to suffer so many casualties and still win, and why better statesmanship in the 1930s might have prevented this terrible conflict from erupting.


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462718 The Bookmonger with John J. Miller 12:30 No full https://ricochet.com/podcast/bookmonger-john-miller/second-world-wars-first-global-conflict-fought-won/
163. Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine 163 Tue, 10 Oct 2017 00:21:39 +0000
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Understanding Ukraine today is impossible without also understanding what the Soviet Union did to it in the 1930, says Anne Applebaum, author of Red Famine: Stalin's War on Ukraine.

In a 10-minute conversation with The Bookmonger, Applebaum describes Stalin's act of mass murder against the Ukrainian people, how knowledge of this enormity slowly seeped into the West, and how its aftereffects continue to influence Ukraine's present confrontation with Russia.


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