April: Books you should be reading


I am a firm believer that the greatest weapon is the mind. As such, I have elected to post a list once a month of books I believe every well-rounded person should read. Suggestions can also be made in the comments section, and I will take them into consideration. I am of the opinion that there are no bad books, simply poorly written ones and bad people. I often read books I disagree with, and as such it should not be assumed a spot on the list is tacit approval of the ideas discussed in the book.


 

Decline of the West – Oswald Spengler 

In this engrossing and highly controversial philosophy of history, Spengler describes how we have entered into a centuries-long “world-historical” phase comparable to late antiquity. Guided by the philosophies of Goethe and Nietzsche, he rejects linear progression, and instead presents a world view based on the cyclical rise and decline of civilizations. He argues that a culture blossoms from the soil of a definable landscape and dies when it has exhausted all of its possibilities. Since its first publication in two volumes between 1918-1923, The Decline of the West has ranked as one of the most widely read and most talked about books of our time.

Imperium: The Philosophy of History and Politics – Francis Parker Yockey

Imperium is the first sequel the literary world knows to Spengler’s monumental The Decline of the West. In fact, the author of Imperium does more than even Spengler attempted — he defines and creates the pathology of Culture in all of its infinitely urgent importance, including the discipline of Cultural Vitalism. Imperium rejects the Nineteenth Century: the parched fossils of its thought — Marx, Freud and the scientific-technical world outlook; its exhausted political nostrums — the pluralistic state, liberalism, democracy, communism, internationalism; all of which fail to satisfy the organically vital realities of politics. Imperium presents unique and almost esoteric political, social and historical definitions and explanations which shall become more widely known — indeed, commonly understood — if our West survives.

Street Without Joy: The French Debacle in Indochina – Bernard Fall

A classic account of the French War in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia. Learn from the mistakes of others. A fascinating read about a lesser-known conflict.

My Reminiscences of East Africa: The East Africa Campaign of the First World War by the Most Notable German Commander – Paul Emil Von Lettow-Vorbeck

The author of this book was one of the most remarkable commanders in the entire war not only in the East African Campaign, for he was never truly beaten in battle though quite often the odds were decidedly against him. This was a German with a genius for guerrilla warfare whose achievements could rival the exploits of Lawrence of Arabia. Inevitably, his account of his experiences during the First World War, originally published shortly thereafter, make essential and riveting reading for all those interested in the subject.

For Whom the Bell Tolls – Earnest Hemingway

A classic and my favorite Hemingway novel. Required reading for anyone who considers themselves a well-read person. What would you die for?

Jesse James

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42 thoughts on “April: Books you should be reading

  1. Some thoughts… (Yes, I’ve read these.)

    Von Lettow-Vorbeck: Strictly speaking, what von Lettow-Vorbeck did in East Africa was mobile warfare not guerrilla warfare. His army was a formal colonial army. His Askaris had formal military training under (and were led and commanded by) German NCOs and officers. (Speaking from personal experience, when kaffirs — real ones, not Americanized crap — are led and commanded by Whites they are excellent privates.)

    Street Without Joy: Actually the French did quite well in Indochina. There is always give and take and win and loose in such things, but on the whole the French gave the Viet Minh more than a run for their money. One of the reasons is that the French Indochinese units where (refer to von Luttow-Vorbeck) NCOed and officered by French and they performed much better than purely VN units of ARVN of US infamy. Again we are talking about mobile warfare, albeit in closed terrain. Actually, Dien Bien Phu was a brilliant strategy — but its lynchpin was reliance on US air power. At the last minute the US betrayed France. (Is anybody astonished?)

    Yockey: If I’m not mistaken Yockey was present at the Nuremburg trials and was appalled at the blatant injustice and hypocrisy that defined them (and under which we now live today). Read closely one can see that Yockey recognized the integral continuity between Western Liberalism and Communism — but he could never quite get to the conclusion… because he never went back far enough.

    Spengler: Poor soul. Trapped in the sewer of German philosophy — which turns history into a force of nature (read Hegel). “Cyclical history” is a purely Eastern concept. History does not progress, it digresses. History had a beginning, therefore it will have an end, and it is stuck in the Natural Law of entropy. History does not repeat itself. It is linear and moves in one direction. There is no history without man. Man hasn’t changed since Adam. Men keep making the same mistakes.

    Hemingway: It’s too bad Hemingway didn’t die with the Communists and Anarchists he joined.

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    1. Lettow-Vorbeck is just a good story, aside from the valuable lessons about using your resources effectively and thinking outside the box. Spengler is essential to understanding the more important point Yockey makes, because he wrote that as a sequel or response to it. Dilettantes also love to throw Spengler around so a working knowledge is helpful in that regard. You are correct about Yockey, he was a lawyer at Nuremberg and was disgusted at the dog and pony show it was. Watching Nuremburg and reading the transcripts had much the same effect on me when I was first exposed to it. Hemingway is an excellent writer, I don’t pretend to like his politics but he’s good at what he did. Sometimes you have to enjoy a story as just a story and suspend belief for a few hours. Does a mind good. Haha, I guess you’re more of a Thoreau guy then. 😀

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      1. “Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”
        ― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

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  2. It is easy to die for an ideal. From Horatio to suicide bombers, heroes abound.
    The real question is are you willing to kill for an ideal?
    The politicians quite reasonably claim that any on the other side are deranged ‘terrorists’, whilst of course those on ‘our side’ are heroes. In reality killing except in self defence is quite difficult. (unless you are psychotic.) Which is why so many vets are either suicidal or mindless, thoughtless zombies. No one could contemplate the obscenity that was perpetrated on the women and children of Fallujah and remain unmoved. Slaughter, not for an ideal, but for someone else’s profits.
    Colonel Kurtz put it best ‘The horror, the horror.’
    My only comfort is that there may possibly be an afterlife, that ‘Karma’ is real and that somebody will ask “Did you suffer the little children, or did you murder them?”

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  3. Read: American Betrayal by Diana West

    Secret Team by J.Fletcher Prouty

    Stalins Secret Agents by M.Stanton and Herbert Romerstein

    Relevant to today,the history you were never exposed to!

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    1. D.G. – yep! 3x.
      so many great books. the lone novel I’ll throw in this great mix is ‘Last of the Breed.’ Louis L’amour.
      although a totally different type book, ‘Terror At Beslan’ is your modern era terrorism training guide.
      cover your bases, read ’em all.

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    1. Read the book long ago,excellent.pity the movie did not come even close.

      The red planet movie captured the book perfectly

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    2. Michael—“Starship Troopers” is one packed mind protein book. Besides fighting bugs with the Mobile Infantry, Heinlein discusses value, responsibility, and the rights and responsibilities of citizens, and who should be voting and why other systems fail. Written in 1959, it is relevant especially for today. The section of the lecture from the History and Moral Philosophy professor to the cadets is one discussion packed to the max. Excellent choice.

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      1. Steven—I am not the fan of dictatorship, but the thing I like about Starship Troopers is that it gets one out of one’s comfort zone and forces critical thinking about the ideas of individual responsibility, the assumptions even of the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It forces critical thinking, and that is a good thing.

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        1. Speaking for myself I prefer a dictatorship of the military over a Dictatorship of the Proletariat under which we are now living. The distinction between the two is that martial dictatorship is honest.

          Read, The Last Crusade, by Warren Carroll.

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      2. Really? The book I read was based on the idea of responsible ballots. That the franchise was (should be) earned. Can’t remember where it advocated ‘dictatorship’ at all.

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  4. Novels like “Atlas Shrugged” and “1984” leaves me to ponder like what came first: the chicken or the egg?

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              1. ‘I know your sect.

                What Lodge owns you’

                I have no idea what you are talking about, and I have up until now, kept things on an intellectual and ‘wit’ level, why you would wish to descend to personal attacks, which may or may not be addressed at the ad hominem level is beyond me.
                If you cannot compete humourously and with style, then by all means, this comment forum can also drop into the name calling childish insult slinging which characterises most internet forums.

                ‘A thing cannot give what it does not have.’ alas I think that you are on to something. No chance of sagacity or even comedy in your response then.

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                1. Creation is not a subject for humor.

                  The Freemasons have a saying that (paraphrasing) “you don’t need an apron if you think like us.” Almost all Americans think like Freemasons. Which came first the chicken or the egg is not a joke — it is a Masonic revolutionary slogan.

                  Freemasonry is a Satanic sect. The American Revolution was a Freemasonic project. Think about it.

                  As this post is all about books…

                  Quo graviora, by Pope Leo XII

                  Humanum genus, by Pope Leo XIII

                  Memoirs Illustrating the History of Jacobinism, by Fr. A. Barruel

                  The Science of World Revolution, by Arnold Lunn

                  A Study in American Freemasonry, by Fr. Arthur Preuss

                  There are many more but those a a good start.

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                  1. ‘ Which came first the chicken or the egg is not a joke — it is a Masonic revolutionary slogan.’ do you have any source for the foregoing?
                    You list a series of titles without any reason or rhyme and somehow that is a ‘Start?’
                    You do not know the difference between Luciferianism and Satanism.
                    I am not, nor have I ever been, a Mason, a Luciferian, a Satanist or any other cult or sect.
                    However I hope that I am not ignorant.

                    ‘ The loyalists were disarmed, and on October 5 Portugal’s constitutional monarchy was defeated in Lisbon and the Masonic Republic was proclaimed. A provisional government made up of all the leading Freemasons was established, which had the support of the governments of France and England.

                    The revolution immediately targeted the Catholic Church: churches were plundered, convents were attacked and religious were harassed. Scarcely had the provisional government been installed when it began devoting its entire attention to an anti-religious policy, in spite of a disastrous economic situation. On October 10 – five days after the inauguration of the Republic – the new government decreed that all convents, monasteries and all religious orders were to be suppressed. All religious were expelled and their goods confiscated. The Jesuits were forced to forfeit their Portuguese citizenship.

                    A series of anti-Catholic laws and decrees followed each other in rapid succession. On November 3, a law legalising divorce was passed; then laws recognising the legitimacy of children born outside wedlock, authorising cremation, secularising cemeteries, suppressing religious teaching in the schools and prohibiting the wearing of the cassock, were passed. In addition, the ringing of church bells and times of worship were subjected to certain restraints, and the public celebration of religious feasts was suppressed. The government even interfered with the seminaries, reserving the right to name the professors and determine the programs. This whole series of persecution laws culminated in the law of Separation of Church and State, which was passed on April 20, 1911’

                    ‘the law of Separation of Church and State’
                    Sounds like a good start to me.

                    I am no Christian as I refuse to be part of such a hypocritical, and lately, downright evil bunch.

                    ‘..a God who could make good children as easily a bad, yet preferred to make bad ones; who could have made every one of them happy, yet never made a single happy one; who made them prize their bitter life, yet stingily cut it short; who gave his angels eternal happiness unearned, yet required his other children to earn it; who gave is angels painless lives, yet cursed his other children with biting miseries and maladies of mind and body; who mouths justice, and invented hell–mouths mercy, and invented hell–mouths Golden Rules and forgiveness multiplied by seventy times seven, and invented hell; who mouths morals to other people, and has none himself; who frowns upon crimes, yet commits them all; who created man without invitation, then tries to shuffle the responsibility for man’s acts upon man, instead of honorably placing it where it belongs, upon himself; and finally, with altogether divine obtuseness, invites his poor abused slave to worship him!
’
                    The Mysterious Stranger, Mark Twain

                    Creation and Creationism is not a subject for humour?
                    The whole concept (and Darwinism and the Big Bang) are a joke.

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                    1. “You do not know the difference between Luciferianism and Satanism.”

                      It is not a difference, it is a distinction. If you knew the subject matter you would know that.

                      Anyhow, take a look around you. The West is the way it is today because of people like you.

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                    2. No SFC there is a difference and you cannot be bothered or are incapable of telling the difference.
                      The problem with the west is not me but you and your hypocritical church going lying murderers.
                      I have just read that your jesus loving go-to-church president has launched 59 missiles which will kill hundreds of innocents and has officially started ww3.
                      Only a cretin would believe the bs that goes with 911, OK city, Iraq WMDs and Assad used chemical weapons.
                      You know what they don’t even have to be believable, dumbass yanks just drink the koolaid along with their fluoride and watch the Kardashians.
                      Another few million will die and you sit there feeling vindicated because ‘jesus loves you’
                      I really hope that there is a god. I will stand before him and say “F you and all your bs”.
                      I will not be associated with the kind of people who worship him, who pray for victory, who murder children in his name.
                      I am angry at you and all your kind. You have been taught to put your brains in neutral ands ‘believe’ any and all crap that is served up. Have ‘faith’, ‘all will be forgiven’.
                      Don’t think, don’t learn, don’t question, just take it as the word of god, trust authority, would god lie to you, would your government lie to you, would your president lie to you?
                      You and all your ilk disgust me.
                      Go away and be a ‘good American’.

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  5. At this point in time I think reading books should be a luxury done only by those who have their house in order and have done everything possible to be in an area with the best odds if survival…Not to say these aren’t good books to have read or have in your library but there comes a time to stop reading the book and start writing your own book so in the aftermath people will have someone to look to on how to rebuild society…JMHO

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          1. Not holding them in contempt just think our focus should be on things that will help them survive what’s coming and you off all people talking about not holding people in contempt is irony at its finest…

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  6. Infanterie Greift An, by Irwin Rommel. (Or, Infantry Attacks, if you don’t read German — the English looses in the translation.) It is fascinating to discover how “Blitzkrieg” Operational Art had it origins in infantry tactics.

    Here is a fascinating one… The Counter Revolution, by Thomas Molnar.

    Essential reading… Liberalism is a Sin, by Don Felix Sarda Y. Salvany. The most “right wing” American patriot will be astonished to learn that he is a outright Liberal revolutionary.

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  7. I can recommend “Raiders of the Deep” by Lowell Thomas. Written in 1928, it’s an account of German ‘unterseeboot’ action in WWI. It presents a human side to the U-boat commanders and their encounters with crews on the various ships that were raided and sunk during the war.

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