040222 • Thrift Store Finds

Brad Thor: Black Ice • I’m eleven books in on my Vince Flynn/Kyle Mills/Brad Thor read-a-thon, and this was the final book that I didn’t think I’d find this soon as it was published last year! In my little reading project, it will be the final book I read, unless it takes longer than I think to accomplish and another Brad Thor book is released before I’m done!

040922 • Same thing with this book, found a week later! The latest and only one I needed to be up-to-date! Amazing. Finding books this new at a thrift isn’t something that happens to me very often.

The Lost Tomb • The thought of finding something this old is incredibly interesting. And sad, that so much of history is lost forever… we barely know anything about most of human history.

Persuasive Images • I have a few books like this; as someone who is always looking at things for their message and how it has been presented, this is a really good book. So much of it applies to today as nothing but refinement to these techniques has gone on since the images in the book were originally implemented.

Rommel • Oh no, this looks like part of a set! I can’t find this set anywhere, though. I don’t know that much about Rommel.

Spitfire Summer • Nobody really understands how important, and how close the world was to a very different conclusion… Churchill wasn’t exaggerating about so many owing so much to so few.

Witness: Voices from the Holocaust • Self-explanitory, and the kind of first-hand account book I really like to read.

The Best of Signal • I have a collection of these already, and it is interesting in that it is all German propaganda. An excerpt for example: “When, after his work is completed, the Führer gives free rein to his thoughts and talks, these are the most beautiful hours for his closest collaborators. Drawing upon his limitless store of recollections, he tells the merriest anecdotes and the most delightful stories. Whenever he touches on a subject, which seems to him worth dwelling upon, he sketches his ideas in a lively manner, delves deeply into the past and develops his creative and far-reaching ideas for the future.”

From what I’ve read, the guy would go on endless diatribes and everyone would have to listen like good little subordinates.

Survivor of Buchenwald

I got through this book quickly, it was an actual page-turner. It should be required reading, especially these days as we all take everything for granted. Unbelievable that people can treat other people so horribly, it really sheds light on how ignorant I am, and we all are, as to how evil people can actually be. I read a book a few years ago called Hitler’s Willing Executioners: Ordinary Germans and the Holocaust by Daniel Jonah Goldhagen, which goes a long way to explain how this can occur; one of the points mentioned was that it isn’t simply a German trait to go down this road. It can happen anywhere. This is where our school systems have failed horribly as this topic has been relegated to a hobby instead of being common knowledge.

Applicable

Survivors of Buchenwald • page 143

“lf you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy ef the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

– Joseph Goebbels

Nazi Germany Propaganda Minister