my review of Konstantin Kisin's book, "An Immigrant's Love Letter to the West"
Brilliant review of a brilliant book and author. The title is reminiscent of another Russian dissidents book. Yuri Bezmenov wrote one called A Love Letter to America under his western pseudonym Thomas Schumann. Full circle!
This looks great Holly!
Thanks for the recommendation.
It's going on the "gift wish list" for when family and friends ask. 🤗
Excited to read it.
Do you know if it's available in Libraries? Or Libby? We definitly make extended use of that resource.
Will be sharing this review with many, & have the book on my read next list. It sounds like a very timely read for this season of American political life - I hope it helps many of us to wake up!
Got Konstantin Kisin's book, "An Immigrant's Love Letter to the West," on your excellent recommendation. Thanks!
I will be reading this book, Holly. Thank you for the introduction. Your. Plumb is fabulous.
On what terms would you be willing to review my 2021 novel Proles - a Novel about 2084, if any?
Thank your fifth sense for impeccable timing!
Sounds like an awesome book!
Great review. Sent it to my friends.
On order now! What a recommendation!
I read it recently having become a big Konstantin Kisin fan after seeing his marvelous address to the Oxford Union - his family’s story gives it enormous power. It should be required reading for all school children instead of the divisive propaganda they’re currently being force fed by the Western educational establishment. We live in dangerous times
Great recommendation, Holly. I'm wondering if my 10-year old daughter might be a hair young for this book. Maybe wait a year or two? I got her The Great Brain on your recommendation... it's coming next in her queue. Thanks!
I am a big fan of KK and FF and Triggernometry. One of their really good episodes is with a guy who actually was a university lecturer and explains how Focault and Derrida are completely misrepresented and twisted by today's wokies. He's very working class and well worth a listen.
I’m going to bribe my grandson to read this book. Thanks for the recommendation.
Added it to my wish list on Amazon. The whole Frankfurt School that we imported into and empowered in this country was built on the recognition that Marx was wrong, that, in fact, ordinary workers prospered under free enterprise (slandered by Marx as "capitalism"). Rather than having nothing to lose but their chains, ordinary workers in America now live better than historical kings. Hell, even the homeless steal electricity from street poles to recharge their cell phones, and running water from fire hydrants. Herbert Marcuse is mainly responsible for brilliantly recasting Marxism as oppressor and oppressed classes based on unchangeable racial classifications rather than behavior.
The antidotes to the insidious evil of dictatorship by the cognoscenti are humility and gratitude, in other words, the first and tenth commandments. The proper rallying cry of those who wish to save The Republic is "Freedom! Freedom based only on behavior, not on intelligence or knowledge. The lowest IQ bag boy in Barstow should have the same freedom as the highest advisor to the President as long as neither commits a crime.
I love you so much but you lost me at “put footprints on the moon”.
This book was spectacular, and I found it to be an easy read.
I think I have thrown this onto other posts, but I would recommend one of the following:
Generations: the History of America's Future (1991)
The Fourth Turning (1997)
The Fourth Turning is Here (2023)
All are one series, but each summarizes the previous, and updates with new info. They present a cyclical social theory, and having read the first two in college, I went back around 2019-2020 and found then eerily spot on in many ways.
They inspire a form of hope, that we are not necessarily in permanent descent, just at the bottom of the cycle, with changes and restructuring coming.
Thanks for writing!