Historical reviews occupy two of this week’s suggestions, from the early years of a beloved first lady, written by someone who’s become something of an authority of first ladies, to the final days of the U.S. Army’s role in achieving victory over Japan, penned by a professor of military history. For those looking for self-improvement, a well-known bishop explains how we can use faith to think and grow in new ways. In fiction, check out the latest installment in the Marcus Ryker series of international spy thrillers. But first is an examination of today’s failings of university education and how to start fixing it.
“Brutal Minds: The Dark World of Left-Wing Brainwashing in Our Universities,” by Stanley K. Ridgley Ph.D. (Humanix)
Rather than employing the classical model of teaching students how to think in higher education, universities have become, with few exceptions, boot camps where they’re taught what to think. And those thoughts are centered on far-left, neo-Marxist, and anti-freedom ideology. Then, when students leave with degrees in hand, they spread that anti-American ideology throughout the halls of government, businesses, and other educational institutions. “Dr. Ridgely unmasks the sinister ideologists lurking within higher education with masterful precision,” writes Rodney Powell, reviewing for GoodReads. “Ridgley's timely and essential work unveils an impending mainstream catastrophe. BRUTAL MINDS is a timely work, urging readers to take action before it's too late.” (Nonfiction)
“Camera Girl: The Coming of Age of Jackie Bouvier Kennedy,” by Carl Sferrazza Anthony (Gallery Books)
Many remember Jacqueline Kennedy, the first lady who brought a youthful glamour to the White House during its “Camelot” years. But who was she before she met and married the man who would become our martyred 35th president? She was a young 20-something career woman, who penned a daily column for the Washington Times-Herald, as their “Inquiring Camera Girl,” asking people on the street for their opinion on current events and snapping their photo for posterity. And Carl Sferrazza Anthony has become something of an authority on first ladies: his previous five books are about the women behind the presidents. “The fact that the book ends when Bouvier is 24 and marries Kennedy shows how impressive her early accomplishments really were,” wrote Kirkus Reviews. “A well-crafted biography that could easily spawn both a delightful TV drama or a historical look at female journalists.” (Nonfiction)
“Disruptive Thinking: A Daring Strategy to Change How We Live, Lead, and Love,” by T. D. Jakes (FaithWords)
In this New York Times bestseller, the author challenges readers to take a road less traveled in order to attain success in the way “we live, lead, and love.” Bishop T.D. Jakes outlines how we can use faith to achieve “disruptive thinking” and ultimately achieve these goals. “T.D. Jakes combines faith with psychology and the power of thinking,” wrote Amber Ginter, reviewing for GoodReads. “What we think about, truly matters, and that means we need to think about thinking (metacognition). The strategies in this book are powerful, timely, and challenging.” (Nonfiction)
“The Libyan Diversion,” by Joel C. Rosenberg (Tyndale House Publishers)
This is the fifth in the Marcus Ryker series of military and international political thrillers coming from the keyboard of New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestselling author Joel C. Rosenberg. All intelligence and every person, including Ryker himself, concluded that Abu Nakba, the world’s most dangerous international terrorist, had been killed by the drone strike Ryker recommended. But was he? “Perfect for fans of Brad Thor and Daniel Silva,” writes The Real Book Spy, “Joel C. Rosenberg’s ‘The Libyan Diversion’ is just the kind of blistering, unflinching, ripped-straight-from-tomorrow’s-headlines thriller that his readers have come to expect.” (Fiction)
“To the End of the Earth: The US Army and the Downfall of Japan, 1945,” by John C. McManus (Dutton Caliber)
“To the End of the Earth” marks the final book in the McManus trilogy describing the Army’s role in the Pacific theater of World War II and covers those events from the liberation of the Philippines to the surrender of Japan — VJ Day. The author depicts the human side of war, including the mistreatment of POWs by their Japanese captors, and the story of an unlikely hero named Desmond Doss, who as a Seventh Day Adventist, refused to carry a weapon, but served nonetheless as a medic. “Did the secrecy surrounding the Manhattan Project prevent a calculated delay to assess Japanese response to the bomb and to the destruction of other cities conducted by Curtis Lemay’s B-29s?,” wrote Stanley Goldfarb, who described the book as a “masterpiece” in The Washington Free Beacon, “McManus’s magisterial trilogy raises such questions as we have come to understand the enormity of the Pacific campaign in World War II.” (Nonfiction)
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