The Bookmonger with John J. Miller
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Hosted by John J. Miller of National Review, The Bookmonger features 10-minute interviews with today's top authors on current events, politics, history, and more.
||CleanEp. 186: Blood Letters: The Untold Story of Lin Zhao, a Martyr in Mao’s China||She was the great dissident of Communist China, and Lian Xi tells her tale in "Blood Letters: The...||3/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 185: 30 Days a Black Man: The Forgotten Story that Exposed the Jim Crow South||Ray Sprigle embarked on an undercover mission of journalism in 1948, and Bill Steigerwald describes ...||3/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 184: The Terminal List||Former Navy SEAL sniper Jack Carr delivers his debut thriller: "The Terminal List." In a 10-minute c...||3/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 183: Leading a Worthy Life: Finding Meaning in Modern Times||Love, family, and friendship are the ingredients for a worthy life, but these days they're under ass...||2/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 182: 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos||"Set you house in perfect order before you criticize the world." That's Rule #6 in Jordan B. Peterso...||2/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 181: Crisis of Responsibility: Our Cultural Addiction to Blame and How You Can Cure It||Both liberals and conservatives are wrong about the ultimate source of the 2008 financial meltdown, ...||2/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 180: The Case Against Education: Why the Education System Is a Waste of Time and Money||Bryan Caplan says that everything you think you know about education is wrong in his new book, "Th...||2/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 179: The Tyranny of Metrics||Do we let metrics run our lives? That's the worry of Jerry Z. Muller, author of The Tyranny of Metri...||1/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 178: The Wizard and the Prophet: Two Remarkable Scientists and Their Dueling Visions to Shape Tomorrow’s World||A struggle between innovation and conservation will define the 21st century, says Charles C. Mann ...||1/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 177: The Administrative Threat||Philip Hamburger describes what he calls the most pressing civil-liberties issue of our time in The ...||1/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 176: Fools and Mortals||Novelist Bernard Cornwell writes about Shakespeare and his mysterious brother, Richard, in . In a 10...||1/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 175: Why Liberalism Failed||Patrick Deneen isn't talking about merely Democrats and progressives in his new book with a bracin...||1/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 174: Courage To Grow: How Acton Academy Turns Learning Upside Down||Laura A. Sandefer describes a radical new form of K-12 education in Courage To Grow: How Acton Aca...||12/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 173: President McKinley: Architect of the American Century||He was the first modern Republican, says Robert W. Merry in his new biography, President McKinley:...||12/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 172: Mad Jones, Heretic||Thesis #12: "God is a Jerk." That's a provocative line from Quin Hillyer';s satiric novel, Mad Jone...||12/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 171: 1917: Lenin, Wilson, and the Birth of the New World Disorder||We're still feeling a fateful year's repercussions a century later, writes Arthur Herman in 1917: ...||12/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 170: From Oligarchy to Republicanism: The Great Task of Reconstruction.||Americans who fly the Confederate flag don't understand the nature of tyranny in the antebellum Sout...||11/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 169: Arthur Vandenberg: The Man in the Middle of the American Century||Hendrik "Hank" Meijer writes about a forgotten giant of the Senate in Arthur Vandenberg: The Man in ...||11/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 168: The Quantum Spy||A 21st-century Manhattan Project lies at the heart of The Quantum Spy, the new espionage novel by Da...||11/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 167: The Great Halifax Explosion: A World War I Story of Treachery, Tragedy, and Extraordinary Heroism||The explosion was so enormous, it killed 2,000 people and erupted into a mushroom cloud long before ...||11/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 166: The New Annotated Frankenstein||Happy Halloween! This episode of The Bookmonger features a 10-minute conversation with Leslie S. Kl...||10/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 165: Scalia Speaks: Reflections on Law, Faith, and Life Well Lived||Antonin Scalia was not merely a great legal mind, he was also a great writer-as Christopher J. Sc...||10/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 164: The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict Was Fought and Won||World War II was in fact many wars, writes Victor Davis Hanson in The Second World Wars: How the F...||10/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 163: Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine||Understanding Ukraine today is impossible without also understanding what the Soviet Union did to it...||10/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 162: Art and Myth of the Ancient Maya||Who were the Maya and what did they believe? Oswaldo Chinchilla Mazariegos explains in Art and Myt...||10/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
The Bookmonger gives a ten minute review of new books on the market mostly from the center-right perspective. These interveiws feel longer and more indepth than ten minutes would allow John Miller is that good at giving an interview. I have many books on my reading list thanks to this podcast. It is well worth your time to listen to each episodes and discover a brand new and wonderful book to check out!
The Bookmonger - get it!
I like to read but I don't have the time to read everything. The Bookmonger podcast quickly focuses my selections. Politics, history, sports, biography, auto-biography - John J. Miller covers them all. The podcast is a quick burst of info that's short enough to be listened to on a break and long enough to cover the subject in some depth. Highly recommended.
Fast food for the mind (good fast food!)
My title — "Fast food for the mind" — is meant as a simple description and as a compliment. Bookmonger host John J. Miller, author and journalist, has a gift for introducing a large topic quickly by asking his guest simple questions (for example, "Who is H.L. Mencken? When did he live? Why is he important?"); but after establishing the outlines of the topic he is always able to penetrate a little deeper. I've listened to a lot of these (mostly on the web) and today I realized I ought to listen to them more often. I recommend the podcast.