Books on Science and History


The Unknown Story

by Jung Chang, Jon Halliday – Illus., maps

PIF: An icon for many on today’s American left… and as this book is banned in China… it is also ‘debunked’ in the U.S. by leftists.

1. Mao ("The Great Helmsman") became a Communist at the age of 27 for purely pragmatic reasons: a job and income from the Russians.

2. Far from organizing the Long March in 1934, Mao was nearly left behind by his colleagues who could not stand him and had tried to oust him several times. The aim of the March was to link up with Russia to get arms. The Reds survived the March because Chiang Kai-shek let them, in a secret horse-trade for his son and heir, whom Stalin was holding hostage in Russia.

3. Mao grew opium on a large scale.

4. After he conquered China, Mao’s over-riding goal was to become a superpower and dominate the world: "Control the Earth," as he put it. PIF: This goal has not changed.

5. Mao (Murder by Socialism ) caused the greatest famine in history by exporting food to Russia to buy nuclear and arms industries: 38 million people were starved and slave-driven to death in 1958-61. Mao knew exactly what was happening, saying: "half of China may well have to die." And "If people don’t die, the earth won’t be able to hold them!" And "Let’s contemplate this, how many people would die if war breaks out. There are 2.7 billion people in the world. One third could be lost; or, a little more, it could be half… I say that, taking the extreme situation, half dies, half lives, but imperialism would be razed to the ground and the whole world would become socialist." And In 1951 he stated that "many places… don’t dare to kill counter-revolutionaries on a grand scale with big publicity. This situation must be changed." When the execution rates were increased, he said this "improvement" made him feel "very delighted." And "We need the policy of ‘keep the people stupid.’" (see the modern American educational system for details)… cruelty beyond imagination…

In the epilogue to her biography of Mao Tse-tung, Jung Chang (author of Wild Swans) says, "Today, Mao’s portrait and his corpse still dominate Tiananmen Square in the heart of the Chinese capital." Her biggest fear is that Mao will escape the global condemnation and infamy he deserves.

Chang is writing to honor the tens of millions of Chinese who fell victim to Mao’s drive for absolute power in his 50-plus-year struggle to dominate China and the 20th-century political landscape… paints Mao as a brutal totalitarian, a thug, who unleashed Stalin-like purges of millions with relish and without compunction, all for his personal gain… his would-be heroism as the leader of the Long March and father of modern China is exposed as reckless opportunism, subjecting his charges to months of unnecessary hardship in order to maintain the upper hand over his rival, Chang Kuo-tao, an experienced military commander.

Mao’s unscrupulous but invincible political maneuverings and betrayals provide the backdrop for Sino-Soviet relations, the strengths and weakness of Chiang Kai-shek, the Japanese invasion of China, World War II, the Korean War, the disastrous Great Leap Forward, the vicious Cultural Revolution, the Vietnam War, Nixon’s visit, and the constant, unending purges. No one escaped unharmed. Rivals, families, peasants, city dwellers, soldiers, and lifelong allies such as Chou En-lai were all sacrificed to Mao’s ambition and paranoia.

Far from Mao’s humble peasant background shaping his sympathies for the downtrodden, he actually ruthlessly exploited the peasants’ resources when he was based in regions such as Yenan, and cared about peasants only when it suited his political agenda. And far from having founded the Chinese Communist Party, Mao was merely at the right place at the right time. Mao was able to hold on to power thanks to his adroitness in appealing to and manipulating powerful allies and foes, such as Stalin and later Nixon; furthermore, almost every aspect of his career was motivated by a preternatural thirst for personal power, rather than political vision.

Mao rejected morality at a young age and discovered in himself a love of violence – especially violence that smashed the social order. After witnessing atrocities on a tour of the Hunan countryside in the 1920’s, he said he felt "a kind of ecstasy never experienced before.” He was particularly fond of public executions, and would organize rallies making murder a spectacle to terrorize the masses into submission. In Peking alone millions of inhabitants witnessed some 30,000 execution rallies during the early 1950’s. Victims were paraded and then shot in the head so that their brains splattered out onto the bystanders. During the Cultural Revolution (another 3 million lives) he would enjoy watching films of his foes being humiliated, tortured and killed. Mass executions were common in soccer stadiums during Mao’s era. Mao’s apparatchiki even ‘invited’ grade school children to watch it, and called it an education of political science…

Those who weren’t murdered outright were sent to a vast archipelago of slave camps, the lao-gai (reform through labor – which are still widely used in today’s China), in which an estimated 27 million perished from execution, overwork, starvation and suicide (like throwing oneself into a wheat chopper) during Mao’s rule.

All this misery and death while Emperor Mao himself lounged around in his 50 private estates engaging in orgies and other debauchery. Mao was the only millionaire created in Red China.

The Connection:
How al Qaeda’s Collaboration with Saddam Hussein Has Endangered America

by Stephen F. Hayes

Weekly Standard reporter Hayes marshals a wealth of evidence that, in contrast with the tenuous connections that have so far made news, point to ties between Saddam Hussein’s regime and al-Qaeda. Most intriguingly, Hayes finds links between Iraq and the 1993 World Trade Center bombers, one of whom apparently received shelter and financial support from Iraq after the attack. Hayes also gets confirmation by Czech officials of the alleged Prague meeting between September 11 hijacker Mohammed Atta and an Iraqi intelligence agent. Elsewhere, Hayes points to Iraqi intelligence documents that mention a "good relationship" with bin Laden.

Other sources note an alleged agreement for Iraq to assist al-Qaeda in making chemical and biological weapons. Relying both on "open sources" like news articles, transcripts from the 1998 embassy bombing trials, as well as anonymous intelligence reports and informants, Hayes allows that some of these stories may prove unreliable. But he contends that the number, consistency and varied provenance of reports of high-level contacts between al-Qaeda and Iraq throughout the past decade allows one to "connect the dots" into a clear pattern of collaboration. Despite the frustrating absence of source notes and no knowledge of what cooperative efforts ever came of these contacts, most readers will conclude from this volume that the Saddam–al-Queda thread has some play left in it.

Addendum: Currently, Hayes is trying to get access to the millions of captured document stored in a warehouse in Kuwait. Filling under the Freedom of Information Act has only elicited some document titles. He has been unable to cut through the bureaucratic red tape to obtain the documents themselves. The Bush Administration has refused to help saying, they have made the case and are not interested in rehashing old information. The trouble with that argument is the information in these documents has never been released to the public in any form, and from the titles there seems to be much more to the WMD-alQaeda-Iraq story than has been told, as yet.

The Haunted Wood
Soviet Espionage in America

by Allen Weinstein, Alexander Vassiliev

Laurence Duggan was best friends with Edward R. Morrow, and whose suicide was one of the proofs used by Morrow and others to show that MacCarthy was a facist, chasing innocents by naming them Soviet spies. Duggan passed many a very sensitive document to the Soviets, but Morrow never knew the truth about his friend. There is even a recent movie staring a has-been, vastly over-rated actor who tries to keep the myth of MacCarthism alive, while hiding the KBG documented truth from the American public… fills in a valuable part of cold war history: the Soviet Union’s attempts to spy on the United States from the time of FDR’s New Deal, through the Second World War, and into the 1950s… showa that among the Americans caught in the Soviet orbit were many top government officials, including a Congressman from New York and a close advisor to President Roosevelt, as well as an American ambassador’s daughter. Most of these early spies were leftists driven by ideology…

The greatest windfall for the U.S.S.R. during this period was the acquisition of atomic secrets, with contributions from agents like Ted Hall, Klaus Fuchs, and Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. Yet there were also notable failures, many brought on by Stalin’s insatiable appetite for purges; defections by Chambers and Elizabeth Bentley also dealt several mortal blows. By the end of the 1940s, the Soviet spy ring in the United States was in serious breakdown. Weinstein and Vassiliev make use of both American sources and Soviet archives to deliver what will surely be an authoritative account for many years – or at least until more top-secret archives on both sides of the Atlantic become declassified. And don’t expect that to happen anytime soon.

This account of the “golden age” of Soviet spying, 1933-1945, draws heavily on recently declassified Russian archives, but turns those documents into a narrative history. Historian Weinstein and retired KGB agent Vassiliev offer new background for such controversial Cold War figures as Alger Hiss, Whittaker Chambers and Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. Many spies harbored the naive belief that the U.S.S.R. was an oppression-free utopia, (sort of like present-day Hollywood stars – sic) while others saw the Soviet Union as the only credible bulwark against European fascism.

Some spies even mixed ideology with emotion, such as the daughter of the U.S. ambassador to Germany who carried on a love affair with her Russian handler. Soviet espionage’s most dazzling success was the theft of atomic secrets from the Manhattan Project, a coup that enabled the U.S.S.R. to accelerate its own nuclear program (sort of like all the classified hardware which went to China in the Clinton Years). Ironically, by the 1950s, when America became obsessed with the “Red menace,” Soviet espionage had been decimated by the high-level defections of Chambers and Elizabeth Bentley. The authors write as historians, not polemicists, eschewing both cheap moralism and apologetics… it is also packed with plenty of intriguing characters and cloak-and-dagger tales of secrecy, subversion and betrayal. This is an important contribution to the history of the Cold War.

Down Range
Navy SEALs in the War on Terrorism

by Dick Couch

Down Range puts the reader in the SEAL squad file, in the action. It is the unique and personal story of the warriors who go in harm’s way in the global war on terror.

No True Glory
A Frontline Account of the Battle for Fallujah

by Bing West

The most hard-fought campaign since the invasion of Iraq by coalition forces in April 2003, the battle for Fallujah seems here to embody most every facet of the American military experience in that country – inordinate courage by the fighting men and their immediate superiors, indecision…

Just Another Soldier
A Year on the Ground in Iraq

by Jason Christopher Hartley

This is Iraq, where a soldier’s first duty is reinforcing his Humvee with sheet metal and sand bags. Or, in the absence of plumbing, burning barrels of human waste. Where any dead dog on the side of the road might be concealing an insurgent’s bomb and anyone could be…

U.S. Civil War

Cold Mountain

by Charles Frazier

The story of a very long walk. In the waning months of the Civil War, a wounded Confederate veteran named Inman gets up from his hospital bed and begins the long journey back…

The Red Badge of Courage (Tor Classics)

by Stephen Crane

This edition… provides a new twist. Crane’s Badge was originally serialized in the New York Press in 1894, a year before the story was published in novel form. This volume offers both the slightly different serial version and the finished work… A classic work of American literature… A book of many levels of interpretation: war, religion, emotion, etc.


The Politically Incorrect Guide to Science

by Tom Bethell

Tom Wolfe describes Tom Bethell as one of America’s best essayists.

Science is neutral, right?
Of course it’s reliable, based on fact, unprejudiced, and trustworthy, isn’t it? Well, guess again. A lot of what passes for science these days is pseudo-science, and a lot of scientific fact is hidden from public view because it’s not politically correct.

Science has been politicized – not by the Right, but by the Left, which sees global warming, Darwinism, stem cell research, and innumerable other issues as tools to advance its agenda (and in many cases expand the reach of government).

When liberals trot out scientists with white coats, debate is supposed to be silenced. But many of the high priests of science have something to hide – from blind intolerance of religion to jealous guarding of their federally financed research budgets.

Luckily, science journalist Tom Bethell is here with the necessary and bracing antidote: The Politically Incorrect Guide to Science.

Here’s a handy one-volume guide to some of the most contentious issues of our day, including:
Why fears of nuclear power aren’t science, but unscientific scaremongering
Why species are increasing, not disappearing
Why global warming (and other temperature changes) are not caused by humans (remember the Ice Age?)
Why embryonic stem cell research is snake oil medicine (which is why it needs government subsidies)
Why Darwinism is crumbling
Why the story line of the brave scientist Galileo versus an ignorant Church is wrong
And much, much more

The Politically Incorrect Guide to Science busts myths, reveals hidden agendas, and lets you in on some of the little-known secrets about what’s really going on in science. If you’re tired of being hoodwinked by liberals who use science to justify all sorts of misbehavior, you need The Politically Incorrect Guide to Science.

The Man Who Changed Everything
The Life of James Clerk Maxwell

by Basil Mahonr

Ever wonder what the rings of Saturn were made of and how they are stable? Maxwell made his prediction in 1859, and was completely right! The Man Who Changed Everything is an excellent book if you are interested. It details the life of James Clerk Maxwell, perhaps one of the most important scientists of the 19th century, yet almost completely unknown. Most importantly Maxwell unified the theories of electricity and magnetism; he also advanced Kinetic gas theory, took the first color photograph, developed ways to analyze stress in a structure, and even laid the foundations of cybernetics. The book’s style is easy to read but in depth both in detail and Maxwell’s theories.

Oliver Heaviside
The Life, Work, and Times of an Electrical Genius of the Victorian Age

by Paul J Nahin

Oliver Heaviside, who took the Scot James Clerk Maxwell’s 200 quaternions and, discarding all but 4, transformed them from field to vector equasions – because these were obvious mathematical "abominations," and he didn’t believe in fields, so he eliminated them – brought us all we know which lies beneath absolutely everything dealing with electromagnetic radiation of any kind – physics, chemistry, computers, radio, television, cell phones, lasers, you name it. The absolutely stunning aspect of the four equations is the processes they describe never appeared in Maxwell’s work! Along the way he had help from another Englishman – Gibbs.

"He was a man who often was incapable of conducting himself properly in the most elementary social interactions. His only continuing contacts with women were limited to his mother, nieces, and housekeepers. He was a man who knew the power of money and desired it, but refused to work for it, preferring to live off the sweat of his family and long-suffering friends, whom he often insulted even as they paid his bills."

This, then, was Oliver Heaviside, a pioneer of modern electrical theory. Born into a low social class of Victorian England and dying in poverty as a recluse, Heaviside (in between) made advances in mathematics, by introducing the operational calculus; in physics, where he formulated the modern-day expressions of Maxwell’s Laws of electromagnetism; and in electrical engineering, through his duplex equations. This acclaimed biography is the only one devoted to Oliver Heaviside. Now available in paperback with a new preface by the author, it will appeal to historians of technology and science, as well as to scientists and engineers who wish to learn more about this remarkable man.

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