State of Mankind

A New Way Of Thinking


In the course of this review, the reader will be referred to a number of different books and authors.  The following is a list of the books, authors, and a brief description of their qualifications and point of  view, the color used will correspond to the color used in the text (though some colors cover multiple authors):

1.  Carroll Quigley (1910-1977), Tragedy & Hope, A History Of The World In Our Time. (MacMillan Co., New York 1966).  Carroll Quigley, former professor of history at the Foreign Service School of Georgetown, former teacher at Princeton and Harvard.  Was a member of the editorial board of Current History, member American Association for the Advacement of Science, American Anthropological Association, American Economic Association, and various historical associations.  Lecturer on Russian history at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, on Africa at the Brookings Institution.  In 1958, consultant to the Congressional Select Committee which set up the present national space agency.  Collaborator in history to the Smithsonian Institution.  Consultant to the Navy on Project Seabed (1964) which tried to visualize what American weapons systems would be like in the future.  Mentor of Bill Clinton.

2.  Cleon Skousen (1913-2006), The Naked Capitalist (Deseret News, Salt Lake City, 1970), The 5000 Year Leap, A Miracle That Changed The World (National Center For Constitutional Studies, 1981)  Author of national bestseller The Naked Communist.  16 years with the FBI, 4 years as Chief of Police in Salt Lake City, 10 years as Editorial Director of the national police magazine Law and Order, 7 years as a professor at BYU.  Law degree from George Mason University.  The Naked Capitalist is a review of Quigley’s Tragedy & Hope done in 1970.  Skousen takes a Constitutionalist view and adds insight from his experience with the FBI.  The 5000 Year Leap is a book on the Constitution and teaches a Constitutionalist view of freedom.

3.  Edward Mandell House (1858-1938), Philip dru: Administrator: a Story of Tomorrow, 1920-1935 (Wildside Press, LLC).  The book “is a futuristic political novel published anonymously in 1912 by Edward Mandell House, an American diplomat, politician and presidential foreign policy advisor [Woodrow Wilson and Franklin Roosevelt Administrations].  His books hero leads the democratic western U.S. in a civil war against the plutocratic East, and becomes the dictator of America.  Dru as dictator imposes a series of reforms that resemble the Bull Moose platform of 1912 and then vanishes.” (from back cover of the book)

4.  F. A. Hayek (1899-1992), The Road To Serfdom [my version is the Definitive Edition, edited by Bruce Caldwell, which may be needed knowledge for page number references], (University of Chicago Press, 2007, original text, 1944).  Hayek “was cowinner of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics in 1974 and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1991, was a pioneer in monetary theory and the principal proponent of libertarianism in the twentieth century.” (from back cover of the book)

5.  Ian Wishart, Air Con, The seriously Inconvenient Truth About Global Warming (North Shore, New Zealand, 2009)  “Ian Wishart is an award-winning journalist and author, with a 27 year career in radio, television and magazines, a #1 talk radio show and four #1 bestselling books to his credit.  Together with his wife Heidi, they edit and publish the weekly digital newpaper TGIF Edition and the news magazine Investigate. (From description in the book)

6.  Walter Lippman (1889-1974), Public Opinion (Simon & Schuster, New York, 1922) “the author of ten books including The Phantom Republic, was a founder of The New Republic, wrote the influential newspaper column “Today and Tomorrow,” and was an important behind-the-scenes advisor to presidents, politicians, and powerbrokers.” (from back of the book)

7.  Edward Bernays (1891-1995), Propaganda (Originally published: New York: H. Liveright, 1928)[My version has an introduction by Mark Crispin Miller, which may affect page numbers] “The nephew of Sigmund Freud, Edward Bernays (1891-1995) pioneered the scientific technique of shaping and manipulating public opinion, which he called “engineering of consent.”  During World War I, he was an integral part-along with Walter Lippman-of the U. S. Committee on Public Information (CPI)…Among his powerful clients were President Calvin Coolidge, Procter & Gamble, CBS, the American Tobacco Company and General Electric.  In addition, his propaganda campaign for the United Fruit Company in the early 1950s led directly to the CIA’s overthrow of the elected government of Guatemala.”  (from back of the book)

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  1. Troy B.

     /  February 16, 2011

    Well I just discovered another 7 books for my summer reading list. Thanks, Brinton!


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