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Jon Gabriel is an editor-in-chief at Ricochet and columnist covering diverse subjects including policy, politics, and pop culture. Published in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the New York Post, the Arizona Republic, and other publications.
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Don Quixote
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra - 2003-02-25 (first published in 1605)
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This classic novel follows the adventures of Don Quixote, an aging man who becomes entranced by romances of chivalry and sets out to become a knight errant. Alongside his clever squire, Sancho Panza, Quixote embarks on a journey full of wild and fantastical twists, including tilting at windmills, battling friars, and distorting the Spanish landscape. Often hailed as the first modern novel, Don Quixote is a brilliant satire of popular literature and a fascinating exploration of the relationship between two men.
Jon Gabriel
@jlockett02 @shermanranch1 By reading this book, though, I retrospectively find "Don Quixote" even more brilliant. (And it was already one of my faves)      source
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A Novel in Three Parts (Vintage Classics)
Fyodor Dostoevsky - 1995-08-01 (first published in 1872)
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"Demons" by Fyodor Dostoevsky is a dark and humorous novel that delves into the effects of materialist ideology on Russia in the late 1800s. Inspired by a true story, the plot escalates quickly with conspiracy and assassination, and the book is a riot of literary voices. This new English version captures the profusion, energy, and variety of the original novel.
Jon Gabriel
@jamespoulos That book is amazing. And prescient.      source
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On the Incarnation
Saint Athanasius (Popular Patristics)
Saint Athanasius - 1977-06-28 (first published in 318)
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Experience the genius of one of the most revered theological-philosophical thinkers of the early church in this easy-to-read treatise on the incarnation of Christ. Written by Saint Athanasius in the 4th AD, this text is just as relevant today as it was then, as it delves into the doctrine of Christ's incarnation and how it has been under attack throughout history. Discover age-old heresies and the insightful arguments for combating them in this classic work, part of The Fig Classic Series on Early Church Theology.
Jon Gabriel
@megbasham @richbarcellos @SteveMeisterVDM That book is so, so good.      source
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Frozen Hell
The Russo-Finnish Winter War of 1939-1940
William Trotter - 2000-01-01
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Witness epic heroism and guerrilla tactics as tiny Finland fights a legendary war against the mighty Soviet Union in 1939. Experience the unfathomable endurance and charismatic leadership of true military genius that led to their historic victory. Journey through the unforgettable story of this incredible battle, where heroic single-handed attacks on tanks and skiers on a mission witnessed tales that have remained largely untold till today.
Jon Gabriel
@BearOfGrump @GrayConnolly Best book on the subject.      source
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How the Irish Saved Civilization
The Untold Story of Ireland's Heroic Role From the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe (The Hinges of History)
Thomas Cahill - 1996-02-01 (first published in 1995)
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Discover how the Irish monks and scholars saved Western civilization during the "dark ages" in this illuminating book. Author Thomas Cahill takes readers to the "island of saints and scholars," where holy men and women preserved the written treasures of Greek and Roman classics, Jewish and Christian works, and more. Without their efforts, our civilization would have lost its great heritage. Delight in this little-known "hinge" of history and learn how the Irish not only conserved civilization, but also became shapers of the medieval mind.
Jon Gabriel
@StudiosShelly Great book! And totally agree. Was just reading up on the Byzantines; toward the end they started getting super autocratic.      source
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Dressing the Man
Mastering the Art of Permanent Fashion
Alan Flusser - 2002-10-01
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This guide is a must-read for any man looking to dress well and stylishly without falling victim to fashion trends. With his encyclopedic knowledge of men's clothes and signature wit, Flusser addresses the paradox of modern men's fashion - with more money being spent on clothes than ever before, why are there fewer well-dressed men? Flusser believes that "permanent fashionability" is achievable by being accountable to a personal set of physical trademarks and adapting the fundamentals of permanent fashion to your physique and complexion. The guide takes you through each major clothing classification, helping you apply your own specifics to dressing options. Featuring vintage photographs of stylishly mantled men from the era of Cary Grant, Tyrone Power and Fred Astaire, this book is the quickest route to sartorial fulfillment for any man.
Jon Gabriel
All you young lads should get this book if you want to dress like a grown-up.      source
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The Voyage of the 'Dawn Treader'
C. S. Lewis - 2006-09-01 (first published in 1952)
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Embark on an unforgettable adventure to the magical world of Narnia, where dragons and spells reign supreme, and where the impossible becomes reality. Follow Edmund, Lucy, and their cousin Eustace aboard the first ship Narnia has seen in centuries, the Dawn Treader, which was built by King Caspian in search of seven good lords banished by his evil uncle. Join the trio on their perilous journey to the Eastern Islands, beyond the Silver Sea, toward Aslan's country at the End of the World.
Jon Gabriel
@NathanWurtzel My favorite book of the series. Never saw the movie, tho.      source
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A Confederacy of Dunces
John Kennedy Toole - 1994-01-01 (first published in 1980)
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Follow the hilarious and tragic misadventures of 30-year-old Ignatius J. Reilly, a medievalist who lives with his mother in New Orleans. Ignatius is forced to enter the working world after a car accident, spawning a series of subplots involving eccentric characters such as a stripper with a talented cockatoo and a gay blade. A Confederacy of Dunces ties together the complicated subplots in the end, with Ignatius carrying the story as a modern-day Quixote. The novel is both comedic and melancholic, revealing the fragility beneath the humor. This novel is a fitting memorial to the talented and tormented life of John Kennedy Toole, who never saw the publication of his work.
Jon Gabriel
@MZHemingway Just read it a couple of months ago. BRILLIANT.      source
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G. K. Chesterton - 2007-01-10 (first published in 1908)
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Discover a witty and engaging defense of the Christian faith that appeals to both the heart and the mind. Anticipating modern theology, this book argues that a belief system must resonate with personal experience in order to be credible. Written by a renowned Christian apologist, this timeless classic delves into the philosophy of belief in a set of mental pictures rather than a series of deductions. With an illuminating introduction and brief notes, this edition is a must-read for anyone seeking to explore the essence of Christianity.
Jon Gabriel
@JonahNRO Was thinking of adding a great quote but the whole book is a great quote.      source
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