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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Book of the Week

I'm pleased to be able to announce that Martin van Creveld's Equality: The Impossible Quest is now available in audiobook.

Read by Jon Mollison, who also narrated A History of Strategy, the audiobook is 10 hours and 34 minutes of delving deep into the historical development of the concept of equality.

From the reviews: In his exploration of the development of the idea of equality from antiquity to the present day, Dr. van Creveld provides both an important analysis of one of the major touch stones of modern thought and rhetoric, as well as some hard lessons concerning the reality of attempts to impose utopia upon a world "red in tooth and claw." He leaves us with the warning:

"Equality, certainly the equality of the kind Plato, Nabis, Caligula, Rousseau, Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, Mao Tze Dong, Pol Pot, and not a few present-day proponents of political correctness and diversity have envisaged, is a dream. When we keep in mind the costs that dream demands, the contradictions to which it inevitably leads, and the horrendous amounts of blood that are often shed in its name, we would be wise to ensure that the quest for it does not become a nightmare."

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16 Comments:

Blogger kurt9 April 12, 2016 11:05 AM  

"Free men are not equal. Equal men are not free." Jerry Pournelle.

Blogger Student in Blue April 12, 2016 11:16 AM  

Equality by Dr. van Creveld has to be one of my most loved books in several, several years if not the last decade.

Excellent, excellent stuff. I'm heavily thinking of sending it with some other very solid books to a nephew of mine. I've gotten more education out of those than I had through all of college.

Blogger Jew613 April 12, 2016 11:19 AM  

Thank you. I just got it from Audible.

Anonymous LastRedoubt April 12, 2016 11:43 AM  

@kurt9

Amen

Blogger frenchy April 12, 2016 11:47 AM  

Vox,

Understanding your publishing concept, how much closer is this book to coming to print? Thanks.

Blogger VD April 12, 2016 11:52 AM  

Understanding your publishing concept, how much closer is this book to coming to print? Thanks.

It's getting very close.

Blogger David The Good April 12, 2016 12:20 PM  

This is an excellent history - fascinating all the way through.

Blogger lowercaseb April 12, 2016 12:41 PM  

Fantastic! I was really craving a new commute listen, and I like pieces that challenge your concepts for the ride in. I know "Cuckservative" really sharpened up my mind before work when I was listening to that.

Blogger RobertT April 12, 2016 1:04 PM  

Personal opinion. Equality won't sell very well. But there are lots of good ideas for short books. You had one. So did Cernivich. But nobody's writing them. I think the secrets to succeeding as a commercially viable author are topic selection and naming. Can't count the amount of money I've wasted going down that road, but on the other hand, the gems I've found worth the effort & investment.

Blogger RobertT April 12, 2016 1:05 PM  

Personal opinion. Equality won't sell very well. But there are lots of good ideas for short books. You had one. So did Cernivich. But nobody's writing them. I think the secrets to succeeding as a commercially viable author are topic selection and naming. Can't count the amount of money I've wasted going down that road, but on the other hand, the gems I've found worth the effort & investment.

Blogger ray April 12, 2016 1:55 PM  

"When we keep in mind the costs that dream demands, the contradictions to which it inevitably leads, and the horrendous amounts of blood that are often shed in its name, we would be wise to ensure that the quest for it does not become a nightmare."


Well Jon you're about half-a-century late. That nightmare is about to get a lot bigger and bloodier, too.

Aside perhaps from 'Liberty', named directly for the 'Goddess', there is no word or concept to match Equality in establishing, justifying, and spreading evil through this world. There's a reason that Barack Hussein constantly repeats this word in his speeches, and assumes Holy Equality as fundamental binding force in Western ideo-politics. And indeed, Equality is by far the most popular and passionate religion in the modern West. True Equalitarians outnumber true Christians 100,000 to 1.


"The Impossible Quest" is an excellent subtitle for this subject, as "From Satan's Mouth to Earth's Ears" is probly a bit lengthy.

Blogger Violet Black April 12, 2016 2:22 PM  

Plato, Caligula, and Hitler advocated equality?

Blogger W.LindsayWheeler April 12, 2016 3:10 PM  

Plato, an egalitarian? Plato was not an egalitarian. In Plato's Republic, it is a class society, with a Soldiering class, a Guardian class, and a Mercantile class. Plato's thought comes from the Spartans and they weren't egalitarians. And Plato was not writing a utopia either.

Blogger Helixfreak April 12, 2016 5:24 PM  

Only $1.99 for the audio upgrade? Yes please. Deeply discounted Audible versions of Kindle books has become my favorite thing about Amazon. These offers have raised some questions, though. I see how this program is alright for authors and publishers since it's a little extra return on the IP and also has the backward effect of encouraging more purchases of the Kindle version, but what about the narrators? Weren't they usually paid on a royalty basis? How are they reacting to this?

Not that Amazon's pricing is completely coherent. The naked audiobook for Equality: The Impossible Quest is $24.95 on Audible, while the Amazon 1-Click price is $21.83.

Blogger Student in Blue April 12, 2016 5:26 PM  

@W.LindsayWheeler

The book explains it far better. Plato is not an egalitarian as we know it, but the point is that equality has several several differing definitions that has changed over the ages - and based on history none of them were successful.

Blogger Aeoli Pera April 13, 2016 8:00 AM  

Nice, I was debating how to spend my last Audible credit for the month.

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