One of the attributes that has best served me in life is my love of reading. I read voraciously and often come across books that have a serious impact on my perspective. Sometimes I read books that are interesting, sometimes I read books that are entertaining, and sometimes I only read the first few chapters of a book. I’m doing this book review for two reasons. I’m doing it because I like to talk to people about the books that I am reading and secondly, it’s a way to monetize my love of reading (I get a little cut every time you buy something from one of the links below!)
I didn’t have much time at the airport bookstore, so when I didn’t see any books about politics that interested me, I grabbed a copy of one of my all-time favorites: Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card. I first read Ender’s Game in High School and make a point of reading it every few years. It’s one of those books that every time you read it, you discover something new and incredible that is so subtle you missed it all the previous times you had read it.
Ender’s Game centers around Ender Wiggin, a brilliant boy tasked by the military to lead the human army against an insect race that has nearly wiped humans out twice before. Facing a final confrontation with the aliens, Ender is called into the service of the human race, where his mentors are tasked with turning a child only six years old into a brilliant and ruthless field general. The futuristic battle training is easy to imagine and like all good science fiction, creates a feeling of reality in a complete fiction. It isn’t a terribly long read, but if you’re like me, you will want to read the entire series! Ender’s Game is highly awarded, receiving both the Nebula and Hugo Awards for science fiction.
For those of you who are going to complain that this book review isn’t about politics, I have two quick things for you:
The first is to congratulate Norma Archbold on winning a copy of The New Founders, signed by both authors for posting her favorite founding fathers quote:
“He therefore is the truest friend to the liberty of this country who tries most to promote its virtue, and who, so far as his power and influence extend, will not suffer a man to be chosen into any office of power and trust who is not a wise and virtuous man….The sum of all is, if we would most truly enjoy this gift of Heaven, let us become a virtuous people.”- Samuel Adams
The second is a discussion of the other book I picked up: Mark Levin’s Ameritopia. I’m about a hundred pages in and let me tell you, IT IS AMAZING! In Ameritopia, Mark Levin shows his philosophical chops by discussing the underpinnings of our government and the government advocated by the left by delving into the philosophical underpinnings. I already knew a little about Hobbs and Marx, but I had no idea where the word Utopia originated (read the book and find out). I just finished reading a section about a man whose influence is found throughout the writings of our founding fathers, especially the Declaration of Independence, John Locke. I remembered that life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness originates from Locke’s original concept of divinely granted life, liberty, and property, but Levin does a fantastic job of providing some critical passages that I had long ago forgotten. I’m so excited about what I read in Ameritopia that I’ll be reading and reviewing Locke soon. I can’t wait for the section on Hayek!