Readers’ Recommendations of the Week:


Child of War Son of Angels by Curtis Whitfield Tong was recommended by SurvivalBlog reader M.G. It’s a child’s memoir of horror and reconciliation while imprisoned in World War II-torn Philippines.

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SurvivalBlog reader P.B. recommended both In the Absence of God and Bridging the Abyss. Both works deal with different people approaching crises from different world view perspectives. Moderns and Post-moderns find themselves without any objective basis for forming moral judgments or hope of justice.

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Reader E.L. writes in:
Taylor Caldwell’s The Devil’s Advocate, a novel first published in 1952 is distopian fiction right up there with “1984” and “Brave New World.” She predicts a United States that has turned completely “progressive” (e.g., communist), a collectivist totalitarian entity called “The Democracy,” ruled by the military. It’s a Leftist nightmare world, one that seems to be encroaching upon American reality more and more each day. Many of the things Caldwell writes about in this novel mirror what is going on today. Unfortunately, “The Devil’s Advocate” is out of print, and the copies available on Amazon are pretty expensive. I paid $36 for a used paperback copy.

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R.B. recommended two books: A Guide for the Perplexed by E.F. Schumacher and Whatever Happened to Penny Candy by R.J. Maybury. He has given each of these books to his six children because they are the backbone of a sound understanding of what life is all about (the Guide) and what’s going on in our economy (Penny Candy).

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Reader P.W. suggested the movies Defiance and The Pianist. She rarely watches movies a second time, but she watched Defiance three times in one day. She asks that you pay attention to the shoes in Defiance and the use of color (or lack thereof) in The Pianist.

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