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Ben Domenech is an American conservative writer, blogger, and television commentator. He is the co-founder and the publisher of The Federalist, host of The Federalist Radio Hour, and writes The Transom, a daily subscription newsletter for political insiders.
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A Farewell to Arms
The Hemingway Library Edition
Ernest Hemingway - 2004-01-01 (first published in 1929)
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Focusing on the theme of love during wartime, this book is a gripping and unforgettable story of an American ambulance driver on the Italian front and his passion for a beautiful English nurse. Set against the looming horrors of the battlefield, this semi-autobiographical work captures the harsh realities of war and the pain of lovers caught in its inexorable sweep. With all of the alternate endings included for the first time, as well as early drafts of essential passages, readers gain new insight into Hemingway's craft and creative process with this celebrated edition of one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century.
Ben Domenech
@sfm_42 That's a great example of a book you should read as a teen and an adult. The Right Stuff has a similar quality.      source
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Apollo's Arrow
The Profound and Enduring Impact of Coronavirus on the Way We Live
Nicholas A. Christakis - 2020-10-27
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"Unravel the science behind the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on our lives with this thought-provoking must-read for 2021. Apollo's Arrow presents a captivating analysis of the virus as it infiltrated American society in 2020 and the future implications of its aftermath. Author Nicholas A. Christakis expertly weaves in historical epidemics, contemporary research, and interdisciplinary insights to shed light on the collective experience of human existence during a time of plague. Discover how this pandemic has divided our society and also revealed opportunities for cooperation in a startlingly new way. With vivid examples and bold arguments, Apollo's Arrow offers a unique perspective on the intersection of science, medicine, genetics, data science, sociology, and epidemiology."
Ben Domenech
I recommend reading Christakis' Covid book, Apollo's Arrow, on my 2020 list, but not because of his opinions, which universally favor China and authoritarian responses. This thread from March appears almost verbatim in the book:      source
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Memoirs of Hadrian
Marguerite Yourcenar - 2005-05-18 (first published in 1951)
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This international acclaimed work explores the character of Emperor Hadrian and reflects on the meaning of history. Marguerite Yourcenar reimagines Hadrian's boyhood, triumphs, and his gradual reordering of a war-torn world as an emperor. Written in elegant and precise prose, this book presents the imaginative insights of a great 20th-century writer.
Ben Domenech
MEMOIRS OF HADRIAN, by Marguerite Yourcenar, is a brilliant book even almost 70 years after publication.      source
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Crime and Punishment
Fyodor Dostoevsky - 2002-12-31 (first published in 1866)
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A destitute former student commits a random murder in St. Petersburg and believes he is a great man acting beyond moral law. As he plays a dangerous game with police, his conscience grows louder and guilt tightens around his neck. Only a downtrodden prostitute can offer him redemption.
Ben Domenech
@SohrabAhmari @li88yinc @jgcrum @BlueBoxDave @InezFeltscher @JarrettStepman Maybe the best book ever written.      source
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Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of Intrigue
Ryan Holiday - 2018-02-27
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Discover the shocking true story of how one billionaire, Peter Thiel, masterminded a multi-year plot to take down Gawker Media after they outed him as gay. Author Ryan Holiday takes you on a deep dive into the conspiracy that ultimately resulted in a $140 million dollar judgment against Gawker, its bankruptcy and with Nick Denton, Gawker's CEO and founder, out of a job. Through detailed interviews with key players, Conspiracy is a brilliant study in power, strategy, and one of the most wildly ambitious--and successful--secret plots in recent memory.
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This book is required reading.      source