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Kevin J. McNamara Dreams of a Great Small Nation: The Mutinous Army that Threatened a Revolution, Destroyed an Empire, Founded a Republic, and Remade the Map of Europe Public Affairs (March 2016)

David Gelernter The Tides of Mind: Uncovering the Spectrum of Consciousness W.W. Norton & Co. (February 2016)

Dean Reuter and John Yoo Liberty's Nemesis: The Unchecked Expansion of the State Encounter Books (February 2016)

Thomas Vinciguerra Cast of Characters: Wolcott Gibbs, E. B. White, James Thurber, and the Golden Age of The New Yorker W.W. Norton & Co. (November 2015)

David Lehman Sinatra's Century: One Hundred Notes on the Man and His World HarperCollins (October 2015)

David Lehman Best American Poetry 2015: Guest Editor, Sherman Alexie Scribner (September 2015)

Tod Lindberg The Heroic Heart: Greatness Ancient and Modern Encounter Books (September 2015)

Michael Dirda Browsings: A Year of Reading, Collecting, and Living with Books Pegasus (August 2015)

Moshe Idel and Shahar Arzy Kabbalah: A Neurocognitive Approach to Mystical Experiences Yale University Press (June 2015)

Saikrishna Bangalore Prakash Imperial from the Beginning: The Constitution of the Original Executive Yale University Press (May 2015)

Harold Bloom The Daemon Knows: Literary Greatness and the American Sublime Spiegel & Grau (May 2015)

Peter Schweizer Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich HarperCollins (May 2015)

Akhil Reed Amar The Law of the Land: A Grand Tour of Our Constitutional Republic Basic Books (April 2015)

David Brooks The Road to Character Random House (April 2015)

David Lehman The State of the Art: A Chronicle of American Poetry, 1988-2014 University of Pittsburgh Press (April 2015)

In the News, April 2016

Posted 04.12.16:  The Wall Street Journal on Dreams of a Great Small Nation: The Mutinous Army that Threatened a Revolution, Destroyed an Empire, Founded a Republic, and Remade the Map of Europe by Kevin J. McNamara: "It is an epic story unknown even to many World War I history buffs…. With admirable energy he has assembled the story by piecing together archival records and the memoirs of the gallant men who served…. Fascinating."
Posted 04.12.16:  A starred review from Booklist for Fail U.: The False Promise of Higher Education by Charles J. Sykes: "Sykes here poses hard questions about the quality and substance of what the nation's universities now deliver. Too often, Sykes concludes, colleges give their students little but debt to show for their years on campus. As they visit a wide range of schools, readers see how administrators lavish resources on impressive buildings, on powerhouse athletic programs, and on aloof professors who dodge students so they can write unreadable and unread tomes of research. With telling statistics and piquant anecdotes, Sykes indicts higher educators for teaching students little about the humanities, mathematics, or the sciences, while indoctrinating them in rigid new political orthodoxies. Laying out a bold agenda for reform, Sykes calls for a university system smaller and less dependent on government largesse, less politically correct, and more open to online instruction than the one now bankrupting many students and their families. Certain to stimulate a much-needed debate." (Booklist is published by the American Library Association.)
Posted 03.22.16:  “The problem of consciousness sits at the heart of neuroscience, and it is into this question that Yale computer-science professor David Gelernter steps with his fascinating The Tides of Mind: Uncovering the Spectrum of Consciousness.… Gelernter is an expert on artificial intelligence, and this book is an interesting and unexpected departure for him.... He shows a lovely deference not to neuroimaging or computers but to the pen...the technique allows him to paint a rich portrait of different modes of thinking, something like Proust's masterly descriptions of the workings of memory.”—David Eagleman, The Wall Street Journal
Posted 03.16.16:  A starred review in Publishers Weekly for Dreams of a Great Small Nation: The Mutinous Army that Threatened a Revolution, Destroyed an Empire, Founded a Republic, and Remade the Map of Europe by Kevin J. McNamara: “In this captivating narrative history, McNamara reveals the obscure yet grand story of how a small, motley, and hastily organized army ushered in the founding of the nation of Czechoslovakia…. McNamara proves to be a great storyteller as he very effectively weaves together newly translated firsthand accounts of Czech-Slovak soldiers with secondary historical sources.”
Posted 03.08.16:  “David Gelernter has designed a creative metaphysics for the digital age.”—Mara Delius, Die Welt
Posted 03.04.16:  “Sometimes it takes an expert to recognize when expertise is not enough. In his preface to The Tides of Mind: Uncovering the Spectrum of Consciousness, David Gelernter, a professor of computer science at Yale, explains how for years he tried to answer crucial questions about the nature of consciousness through computer modeling. But while computation can ape reasonably well our rational thought, he argues, what makes us human is our capacity to move up and down a spectrum of consciousness, from the crisp attention we feel when wide awake to the aimless associative states of drowsiness and daydreaming.... Gelernter employs not algorithms but introspection, personal reflection, and an engagement with a broad range of literary sources.… Gelernter's explorations of self make for rewarding reading.”—Kathryn Tabb, The American Scholar

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The first, wittiest statement of the paradoxical efficacy of conflict, the invisible hand, and creative destruction in human affairs, was The Grumbling Hive: Or Knaves Turned Honest by Bernard Mandeville (1670-1733).
The poem appears after the bio on Doctor Mandeville. Scroll down.

Evelyn Waugh on publishing...(see full passage)
"Old Rampole deplored the propagation of books. 'It won’t do,' he always said whenever Mr. Bentley produced a new author, “no one ever reads first novels...”