Quinn challenges traditional perspectives on early Mormon history. Meticulously researched. Much to think about here.
Quinn challenges traditional perspectives on early Mormon history. Meticulously researched. Much to think about here.
Brilliant. David McCullough at his best.
From Alexander von Humboldt to Charles and Anne Lindbergh, these are stories of people of great vision and daring whose achievements continue to inspire us today, brilliantly told by master historian David McCullough.
The bestselling author of Truman and John Adams, David McCullough has written profiles of exceptional men and women past and present who have not only shaped the course of history or changed how we see the world but whose stories express much that is timeless about the human condition.
Here are Alexander von Humboldt, whose epic explorations of South America surpassed the Lewis and Clark expedition; Harriet Beecher Stowe, “the little woman who made the big war”; Frederic Remington; the extraordinary Louis Agassiz of Harvard; Charles and Anne Lindbergh, and their fellow long-distance pilots Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and Beryl Markham; Harry Caudill, the Kentucky lawyer who awakened the nation to the tragedy of Appalachia; and David Plowden, a present-day photographer of vanishing America. Different as they are from each other, McCullough's subjects have in common a rare vitality and sense of purpose. These are brave companions: to each other, to David McCullough, and to the listener, for with rare storytelling ability McCullough brings us into the times they knew and their very uncommon lives.
Not quite the level of journalism I expect from the National Geographic but an interesting piece with, as usual, terrific photographs.
Orth explores the Virgin Mother's appeal, which often crosses traditional religious boundaries. Mary is, after all, mentioned more in the Koran than the Bible. Praying for Mary's intercession and being devoted to her are a global phenomenon.
You can read the entire article here: The Virgin Mary: The World's Most Powerful Woman
Excellent resource and treasure of primary source documents covering the development of LDS temple worship practice and policy. The documents include rulings by the First Presidency on changes to the ceremonies, letters to temple and stake presidents and bishops reminding them of temple policies, minutes of Quorum of the Twelve meetings, excerpts from sermons and Church publications, and commentary by apostles and temple presidents in diaries, letters, oral histories, and temple scrapbooks.
Devery Scott Anderson is co-editor of Joseph Smith’s Quorum of the Anointed, 1842-1845 and The Nauvoo Endowment Companies, 1845-1846, which together won the Mormon History Association’s 2006 Best Documentary Book Award. He has published in Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought (Best Article Award, Dialogue Foundation, 1999), the Journal of Mormon History, Southern Quarterly, and elsewhere.
Well worth reading.
I've reproduced the list here but you'll want to read Hardy's explanation of each. You can read the full article here: 50 Ways Happier, Healthier, And More Successful People Live On Their Own Terms.
1. Stop consuming caffeine
2. Pray or meditate morning, mid-day, and night
3. Read 1 book per week
4. Write in your journal 5 minutes per day
5. Marry your best friend
6. Make a bucket list and actively knock items off
7. Stop consuming refined sugar
8. Fast from all food and caloric beverages 24 hours once per week
9. Fast from the internet 24 hours once per week
10. Stop consuming the news or reading the newspaper
11. Do something everyday that terrifies you
12. Do something kind for someone else daily
13. Go to bed early and rise early
14. Get 7+ hours of sleep each night
15. Replace warm showers with cold ones
16. Say “No” to people, obligations, requests, and opportunities you’re not interested in from now on
17. Say “Thank you” every time you’re served by someone
18. Say “I love you” 3+ times a day to the most important people in your life
19. Consume 30 grams of protein within the first 30 minutes of waking up
20. Listen to audiobooks and podcasts on 2x speed, your brain will change faster
21. Decide where you’ll be in five years and get there in two
22. Remove all non-essentials from your life (start with your closet)
23. Consume a tablespoon of coconut oil once per day
24. Buy a juicer and juice a few times per week
25. Choose to have faith in something bigger than yourself, skepticism is easy
26. Stop obsessing about the outcome
27. Give at least one guilt-free hour to relaxation per day
28. Genuinely apologize to people you’ve mistreated
29. Make friends with five people who inspire you
30. Save 10 percent or more of your income
31. Tithe or give 10 percent of your income away
32. Drink 64–100 ounces of water per day
33. Buy a small place rather than rent
34. Check your email and social media at least 60–90 minutes after you wake up
35. Make a few radical changes to your life each year
36. Define what wealth and happiness mean to you
37. Change the way you think, feel, and act about money
38. Invest only in industries you are informed about
39. Create an automated income source that takes care of the fundamentals
40. Have multiple income streams (the more the better)
41. Track at least one habit/behavior you’re trying to improve
42. Have no more than 3 items on your to-do list each day
43. Make your bed first thing in the morning
44. Make one audacious request per week (what do you have to lose?)
45. Be spontaneously generous with a stranger at least once per month
46. Write and place a short, thoughtful note for someone once per day
47. Become good friends with your parents
48. Floss your teeth
49. Eat at least one meal with your family per day
50. Spend time reflecting on your blessings at least once per day
You can read other articles by Benjamin Hardy on his website at www.benjaminhardy.com.
One of the best books I have read this year. Brilliantly done.
Best piece of LDS biography that I know of. An unprecedented and fascinating window into the inner workings of the Church hierarchy during a time of unprecedented Church growth.
Clare Middlemiss served as David O. McKay's personal secretary for the better of his tenure as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and later as President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. During her service, Middlemiss compiled a massive and intimate record of McKay's work, meetings, and journals. Those records eventually found their way to the University of Utah and comprise the David O. McKay papers at the University. Gregory Prince and Robert Wright mined those records and conducted hundreds of interviews to produce this book. Very well done.
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The story of the last world war, as told by Grand Admiral Karl Doenitz himself. His memoir covers his early career with submarines in the First World War and follows both his successes and failures through the Second World War, with great detail on the way the U-boat campaign was waged, as told by the man who invented U-boat tactics.
Doenitz includes details of the U-boat campaigns during the Second World War as well as the opinions, ideas and commentary on the period. Of particular interest are the comments regarding British and American conduct during the war. An important social document, and an invaluable source for any student of the last war.
He became the last Fuhrer of Germany after Hitler's suicide in May 1945 and the book's subtitle, Ten Years and Twenty Days, is a direct reference to the time Karl Doenitz spent in Spandau Prison having been convicted of war crimes following trial at Nuremberg.
The title (". . . the Pursuit of Power") and the marketing (". . . the Mormon version of the Hatfields and the McCoys") are horrible, but the book itself is well done. Well written and researched.
Distant relatives whose ties extend back to the founding of the Mormon church, Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman Jr. became political allies as governors. Before that, their fathers were chummy. Mitt’s sister and Jon’s mom were college roommates. So when Romney was preparing his first presidential run, he assumed he had Huntsman in his corner. He was wrong. Their split in 2006 created a bitter rivalry that led to a contentious 2012 presidential showdown.
This book by Salt Lake Tribune reporters Matt Canham and Thomas Burr tells the story of these dynamic and dynastic families, who have found themselves driven together by chance, business, politics and piety. It starts with the rise of George Romney and Jon Huntsman Sr., men who escaped poverty to become wealthy and influential. Their sons responded to their powerful fathers in different ways, but they ultimately ended up in the same places — vying to run the 2002 Winter Olympics, campaigning for governor and then for the White House. While both Romney and Huntsman have fallen short of the ultimate political prize, their successes on the national stage have become a turning point for the LDS Church, which yearns for broader acceptance from the American people.
Terrific interview with Larry Fink, CEO of Blackrock, the world's largest money-management firm.
You can read the interview here: "I'm Not Talking About This to Win a Popularity Contest"
Finding and identifying a pirate ship is the hardest thing to do under the sea. But two men—John Chatterton and John Mattera—are willing to risk everything to find the Golden Fleece, the ship of the infamous pirate Joseph Bannister. At large during the Golden Age of Piracy in the seventeenth century, Bannister should have been immortalized in the lore of the sea—his exploits more notorious than Blackbeard’s, more daring than Kidd’s. But his story, and his ship, have been lost to time. If Chatterton and Mattera succeed, they will make history—it will be just the second time ever that a pirate ship has been discovered and positively identified. Soon, however, they realize that cutting-edge technology and a willingness to lose everything aren’t enough to track down Bannister’s ship. They must travel the globe in search of historic documents and accounts of the great pirate’s exploits, face down dangerous rivals, battle the tides of nations and governments and experts. But it’s only when they learn to think and act like pirates—like Bannister—that they become able to go where no pirate hunters have gone before.
Fast-paced and filled with suspense, fascinating characters, history, and adventure, Pirate Hunters is an unputdownable story that goes deep to discover truths and souls long believed lost.
Interesting concept but poorly developed.
When veteran television announcer Charlie Jones got assigned to the hinterlands of Olympic broadcasting to cover rowing, canoeing, and kayaking, he serendipitously discovered a powerful philosophy for focused living: That's Outside My Boat. He learned that Olympic rowers never let anything outside their boat prevent them from achieving their goals. Jones, with coauthor Kim Doren, realized that the world of business - and all aspects of life - could greatly benefit when this same perspective is applied.
Jones and Doren attempt to develop this concept by devoting most of their book to anecdotes by a who's who of business leaders and success stories. Bob Wright, vice chairman of General Electric; Terry Bradshaw, NFL broadcaster and TV personality; Jack Kemp, co-director of Empower America; Liz Dolan, former Nike corporate vice president; and many other business leaders apparently apply this philosophy to their own experience. The problem is that most of the anecdotes are inapt and unhelpful. You can get everything worth getting out of this book by reading the jacket.
When he was a sophomore at Brown University in 1988, Ken Dornstein lost his beloved older brother to terrorism when Pan Am Flight 103 exploded in the skies over Lockerbie, Scotland. The plane had been carrying a bomb constructed by Libyan terrorists and concealed in the luggage compartment. The tragedy marked a turning point Ken Dornstein's life. Since that tragic event, he has devoted much of his time, talent, and money to uncovering those responsible for the bombing.
Patrick Radden Keefe's The Avenger explores Dornstein's remarkable story and passion. It is a poignant story of loss, grief, and devotion.
You can read the entire article here: The Avenger
From Aatish Taseer's July 2015 review in the New York Times:
"Few books need more urgently to be written than a definitive oral history of the 1947 partition of India. The partition, even by the standards of a bloody century, was hideous; it left between one and two million people dead and displaced 15 million others; it caused the dismemberment of a syncretic society and led to the largest forced migration in the history of humanity. The generation that lived through that terrible time is on its way out, taking its unrecorded memories.
"In Midnight’s Furies, a fast-moving and highly readable account of the violence that accompanied the partition, Nisid Hajari sets himself a more modest task: How did two nations with so much in common end up such inveterate enemies so quickly?"
From the introduction:
"From 1980 to 2013 global corporate after-tax operating profits grew 30% faster than global GDP; today they stand at about 9.8% of global GDP, up from 7.6% in 1980. Corporate net income grew more than 50% faster than global GDP, from 4.4% of global GDP in 1980 to 7.6% in 2013. North American and Western European companies now capture more than half of global profits. North American firms increased their post-tax margins by 65% over the past three decades; today their after-tax profits, measured as a share of national income, are at their highest level since 1929.
"It has been a remarkable era, but it’s coming to a close. Although corporate revenues and profits will continue to rise, the overall economic environment is becoming less favorable, and new rivals are putting the Western incumbents on notice. Many of the new players are from emerging markets, but some are surprise intruders from next door, either tech companies or smaller technology-enabled enterprises. Those competitors often play by different rules and bring an agility and an aggressiveness that many larger Western companies struggle to match. In this new world, corporate performance will no longer outpace the global economy. We forecast that in the decade ahead, although operating profits will continue to grow in absolute terms, they will fall to 7.9% of global GDP—around what they were when the boom began. In other words, the stratospheric gains of the past 30 years could all but vanish in just 10.
"In the following pages we’ll explain what is changing in the global economic and competitive environment and consider how today’s leaders can be tomorrow’s as well."
You can read the entire article here: The Future and How to Survive It.
Spectacular city and spectacular coffee table book.
Great read for a road trip. Great series too, available on Netflix.
I spent my childhood in the shadow of the Oregon Trail. Sadly, like many people who live in close proximity to historical places, I took it all for granted. Beyond what I learned in fourth grade state history, the significance of the trail or its direct connection to my own family history never occurred to me. When I saw the press announcements for Rinker Buck's The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey, I immediately put it down on my list of "must reads."
When I finally got my hands on a copy, I was sorely disappointed. Despite a promising start, colorful narrative, and Buck's crisp prose and touching personal reflections, I ultimately laid it aside, unfinished. I simply could not get past nor understand Buck's strident, over-the-top, anti-Mormon bigotry. Buck's sneering, contemptuous treatment of the Mormon pioneers' and their contribution to the history of the trail and the Church's valiant (and expensive) attempts to preserve that history for future generations in and out of the Church destroys what otherwise could have been a fine piece of work.
I wish I had listened to these before my recent trip to London. Professor Buchholz is engaging, witty, and knows his subject cold. Fascinating lectures. I listened to several of them more than once.
Boyd K. Packer served in the leadership of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for over 50 years. He died earlier this year, leaving behind a tremendous body of work, in both the written and spoken word. I always appreciated his direct and plainspoken style. His love of God and His Son, Jesus Christ, were worthy of emulation.
Here in Truths Most Worth Knowing is a collection of Packer's sermons delivered in the later years of his life. They are a great source of comfort and inspiration.
Brilliant. Just brilliant. I couldn't put it down. Thanks to my in-laws for the recommendation.
Jamaica High School, in Queens, was once the largest high school in the United States. For most of its history, it occupied a majestic Georgian Revival building on Gothic Drive, designed in the nineteen-twenties by William H. Gompert, who had begun his career at McKim, Mead & White. With east and west wings, granite columns, and an elaborate bell tower, the building looked like a state capitol that had been dropped into the middle of a residential neighborhood; it sat on the crest of a hill so imposing that planners would have been guilty of pretense had it housed anything other than a public institution. Now, after a hundred and twenty-two years, Jamaica High School was closing; the class of 2014, which had just twenty-four members, would be the last.
In this well written piece, Jelani Cobb reflects on his schooling at JHS, its history, and the effects on community when time-honored institutions fade. The entire article is available here: What's Really At Stake When a School Closes?
Jelani Cobb has been contributing to The New Yorker since 2013, and became a staff writer in 2015. He writes frequently about race, politics, history, and culture. His most recent book is The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress. He’s an associate professor of history, and the director of the Africana Studies Institute, at the University of Connecticut. He won the 2015 Sidney Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism, for his columns on race, the police, and injustice.
A fine example of religious biography done well--no author snickering, sharp elbows, or rolling of the eyes; just an objective, well-researched and written book that leaves judgment to the reader.
Here are two thousand years of London’s history and folklore, its chroniclers and criminals and plain citizens, its food and drink and countless pleasures. Blackfriar’s and Charing Cross, Paddington and Bedlam. Westminster Abbey and St. Martin in the Fields. Cockneys and vagrants. Immigrants, peasants, and punks. The Plague, the Great Fire, the Blitz. London at all times of day and night, and in all kinds of weather. In well-chosen anecdotes, keen observations, and the words of hundreds of its citizens and visitors, Ackroyd reveals the ingenuity and grit and vitality of London.
Long hours, 24/7 connectedness, and appearing busy have somehow and sadly become badges of honor for most Americans in the workplace, especially well-educated professionals. The result: stress, burnout, disillusion, etc. What happened? Tim Wu of Columbia Law School discusses.
"Recently, the New York Times ran a front-page story about the conditions for white-collar workers at Amazon. It revealed a workplace where abrupt firings are common, grown men and women cry at their desks, and people are scolded for not responding to e-mails after midnight. The story made clear how much things have changed in the American workforce. Once upon a time, it was taken for granted that the wealthier classes enjoyed a life of leisure on the backs of the proletariat. Today it is people in skilled trades who can most find reasonable hours coupled with good pay; the American professional is among those subject to humiliation and driven like a beast of burden.
"No one thought things would be this way. Keynes famously forecast a three-hour workday, and in 1964 Life magazine devoted a two-part series to what it considered a 'real threat' facing American society: the coming epidemic of too much leisure time. In The Emptiness of Too Much Leisure, it asserted that 'some of the middle-of-the-road prophets of what automation is doing to our economy think that we are on the verge of a 30-hour week.' The follow-up was entitled The Task Ahead: How to Take Life Easy."
Wu's entire article is available here: You Really Don't Need to Work So Much
Beautiful coffee table book. Terrific photography.
Dating back to the beginning of the first millennium, some of Rome’s most famous architectural sites are among the most ancient in the world. They survive in an enchanting urban tableau of classicism and modern Italian culture. Here are all of Rome’s most famous tourist attractions — the Coliseum, St. Peter’s Square, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps — represented in dozens of photographs, old and new, that bring the great city to life.
Reread and finished just in time for a recent trip to Normandy to visit Caen and the landing beaches at Utah, Pointe du Hoc, Omaha, Sword, Juno, and Gold. Originally published in 1994 for the 50th Anniversary of D-Day, Ambrose's D-Day June 6, 1944 is, in my opinion, still the best account of what has to be one of the proudest moments in our nation's history.
A little slow at times, but otherwise a decent read.
The name Genghis Khan often conjures the image of a relentless, bloodthirsty barbarian on horseback leading a ruthless band of nomadic warriors in the looting of the civilized world. But the surprising truth is that Genghis Khan was a visionary leader whose conquests joined backward Europe with the flourishing cultures of Asia to trigger a global awakening, an unprecedented explosion of technologies, trade, and ideas. In Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World, Jack Weatherford, the only Western scholar ever to be allowed into the Mongols’ “Great Taboo”—Genghis Khan’s homeland and forbidden burial site—tracks the astonishing story of Genghis Khan and his descendants, and their conquest and transformation of the world.
Fighting his way to power on the remote steppes of Mongolia, Genghis Khan developed revolutionary military strategies and weaponry that emphasized rapid attack and siege warfare, which he then brilliantly used to overwhelm opposing armies in Asia, break the back of the Islamic world, and render the armored knights of Europe obsolete. Under Genghis Khan, the Mongol army never numbered more than 100,000 warriors, yet it subjugated more lands and people in twenty-five years than the Romans conquered in four hundred. With an empire that stretched from Siberia to India, from Vietnam to Hungary, and from Korea to the Balkans, the Mongols dramatically redrew the map of the globe, connecting disparate kingdoms into a new world order.
But contrary to popular wisdom, Weatherford reveals that the Mongols were not just masters of conquest, but possessed a genius for progressive and benevolent rule. On every level and from any perspective, the scale and scope of Genghis Khan’s accomplishments challenge the limits of imagination. Genghis Khan was an innovative leader, the first ruler in many conquered countries to put the power of law above his own power, encourage religious freedom, create public schools, grant diplomatic immunity, abolish torture, and institute free trade. The trade routes he created became lucrative pathways for commerce, but also for ideas, technologies, and expertise that transformed the way people lived. The Mongols introduced the first international paper currency and postal system and developed and spread revolutionary technologies like printing, the cannon, compass, and abacus. They took local foods and products like lemons, carrots, noodles, tea, rugs, playing cards, and pants and turned them into staples of life around the world. The Mongols were the architects of a new way of life at a pivotal time in history.
Timely article. Terrific photographs, as one would expect from National Geographic.
As Pope Francis prepares to make his first U.S. visit, his emphasis on serving the poor over enforcing doctrine has inspired joy and anxiety in Roman Catholics.
Available here: Will the Pope Change the Vatican?
Thoughtful. Sanneh examines the state of free speech in America and the increasing finger pointing at the Left for the rise in "soft censorship."
Available here: The Hell You Say
I thought Bergreen's Over the Edge of the World was much better. Marco Polo is much too slow (no pun intended).
A mildly interesting collection of fifty accounts of famous people who made it big in some field of excellence while holding down some other, more mundane job. Profiled here are the day and night jobs of Socrates, Isaac Newton, John Keats, Walt Whitman, Bram Stoker, C.S. Lewis, Julia Child, and others.
When we grow weary of defining ourselves in terms of our occupations, we can turn to historical examples of people who have managed to find fulfillment in two distinct worlds.
Who doesn't love a good legal biopic, drama, or thriller?
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the ABA Journal, and for their annual pop culture issue the staff looked for the best legal movies released in each decade since 1915.
As Thane Rosenbaum explains:
"Football is America’s game, but movies are its favorite form of entertainment. And movies about the law are as essential to Hollywood history as cowboy Westerns or romantic comedies. Heroism that acquits the falsely accused will hold its own against any nonstop action flick.
"When the American Film Institute published its list “100 Years … 100 Heroes & Villains,” defense attorney Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird topped the list, beating out Indiana Jones and James Bond. Finch, however, didn’t need a whip or gadgets from Q to earn the title or thrill moviegoers worldwide.
"And Finch was no legal fluke, no flash in the pantheon of movie royalty. Other righteous defenders of the innocent made the list: Mahatma Gandhi in Gandhi comes in at 21, Juror No. 8 from 12 Angry Men holds spot 28, and Andrew Beckett—the corporate lawyer succumbing to both AIDS and its social prejudices in Philadelphia—made the cut at 49.
"From Sophocles to Shakespeare, Dostoyevsky to Dickens, John Grisham to Scott Turow, the world’s great poets and dramatists, novelists and film directors have been enamored of the legal system for its plotlines and morality tales. Artists, in fact, are equal opportunity borrowers of justice both delivered and denied. Injustice can ruin a happy ending, but it can also open up possibilities for personal redemption. The literature of law values the object lesson over the cheap thrill. Audiences crave universal truths, and by the time the closing credits roll, movies about the law have left behind wisdom to live by."
Available here: Why the Movies Love Lawyers
Thoughtful piece exploring Gandhi's legacy in modern India. O'Neill and Effendi trace the route taken by Gandhi in 1930 on his famous march to the sea to collect salt, in defiance of British colonial law.
This from the introduction:
"Prophet or holy fool? Hero or villain? Right path or dead end? No one questions Gandhi’s incandescent influence on the world stage; his philosophy of nonviolent resistance inspired Martin Luther King, Jr., Nelson Mandela, and the Dalai Lama. On home soil the Gandhi effect is hazier. Gandhi is everywhere and nowhere. His bespectacled face looks out from the rupee note. There are Mahatma Gandhi streets in many cities, statues too. Politicians invoke his name like an endorsement. But the absence of Gandhi is just as evident. Gandhi envisioned an India of self-sufficient villages. Caste and religion would grow faint as identity markers. Governance would stress equality and nonviolence. Try finding that today. The huge, chaotic cities (Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata), the materialist fever of swelling middle and upper classes, the election of Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi to lead the country, an arsenal of nuclear weapons, and endemic violence against women suggest a very different national identity."
Available in full here: In the Footsteps of Gandhi
In this insightful essay, Dobbins and Malkasian discuss the renewed prospects for peace in fragile Afghanistan.
Available here: Foreign Affairs
A good journalist does not a good historian necessarily make. Tiresome hatchet job.
One would expect from the title American Crucifixion at least an attempt at an objective treatment of Joseph Smith's murder at the hands of a mob in Carthage, Illinois in June 1844. But despite the veneer, protestations even, of impartiality, Beam's unstated thesis and sneering comes loudly and clearly: Joseph Smith the "prophet" of Mormonism got exactly what he deserved. Given the author's prior treatment of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, one should not be surprised.
Informative but pretty dry.
For dog lovers and Royal watchers. Fascinating read.
Michael Joseph Gross reveals the private history of Her Majesty’s kennels and the essential role the pups have played in her reign.
Available here: Queen Elizabeth and Her Corgis: A Love Story
Recommended by a friend, and well worth the time. Biography, adventure, and travelogue. Did you know Magellan died halfway through his circumnavigation of the globe, the odyssey for which he is most famous? They left that part out in grade school. What a story.
Exceptional and heartbreaking story; terrific journalism.
Lawrence Wright tells the story of James Foley, Theo Padnos, Steven Sotloff, Peter Kassig, and Kayla Mueller, all captives at one time of ISIS, and their families' valiant and in most cases sadly futile efforts to bring them home, thanks in part to the grievous lack of help from the U.S. government.
Available here: Five Hostages
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Food for thought for my attorney and would-be attorney friends. Available here.
Barnes argues that going in-house is not always a career saver that makes people happy. Most often, going in-house is a career killer.
Really, really good.
I was just a wee little lad when John Wooden stopped coaching and never appreciated or understood the extent of his success until reading Davis' Wooden. No college basketball coach has ever dominated the sport like Wooden. His UCLA teams reached unprecedented heights in the 1960s and '70s capped by a run of ten NCAA championships in twelve seasons and an eighty-eight-game winning streak, records that stand to this day. Wooden also became a renowned motivational speaker and writer, revered for his "Pyramid of Success." He was, to say the least, a master teacher. He lived just shy of 100 years and, from what I can tell, really lived a life worth admiring and emulating.
Davis' writing is crisp and engaging.
Denver C. Snuffer was excommunicated from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in 2013 for apostasy, in part for refusing to cease publication of this book, Passing the Heavenly Gift. The Church defines apostasy as, among other things, publicly contravening cardinal Church teachings in a manner designed to lead other Church members out of the Church.
Snuffer claims that Joseph Smith was an inspired prophet, but Joseph’s commands and revelations were not heeded adequately. As a result, Joseph was betrayed by Church members and murdered prior to the completion of the Nauvoo Temple (104). This made it impossible, in Snuffer’s view, for Joseph to pass on all the necessary ordinances and doctrines prior to his death (105–110). Brigham Young, the leaders of the Church, and their ecclesiastical heirs did not, therefore, perpetuate the fullness of Joseph’s mission (87–89, 268, 272–276, 283). Some of their acts, and the changes that Snuffer believes they have made to Church doctrine, practice, or administration, were not sanctioned by God, and constitute the “passing of the heavenly gift” (287, 400). This loss was, in Snuffer’s telling, predicted by Joseph Smith, and the time is now ripe for members of the Church to reclaim these blessings (315–317, 400–402, 447–499).
This blog is not the forum to discuss Snuffer's claims in detail. Others have already done so, and done so admirably. But beware. Snuffer is quite beguiling. He mixes truth and error. Read him critically, check his sources, question his interpretations, and hold him to the same standards that he holds others. Then, decide for yourself.
Execution by lethal injection is supposed to be clinical and painless. As Jeffrey Stern writes in The Execution of Clayton Lockett, it might not be turning out that way. Terrific and thought provoking article.
Regardless of your views on the definition and scope of marriage, the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Obergefell Et Al. v. Hodges, Director, Ohio Department of Health is well worth reading--both the majority's opinion and the dissents. It immediately takes its place among the Court's most significant decisions of all time. Don't rely on the media to tell you what the Court said and whether the majority (or the dissents) got it right or wrong; read and decide for yourself.
Terrific article. Well worth reading. You can access it here.
My favorite lines:
"Some people think of opportunity the way it's defined in the dictionary--as a set of circumstances that make something possible--and they talk about it as if it just arrives organically. You 'spot opportunity' or wait around for 'opportunity to knock.' I look at it differently. I believe that you have to be the architect of the circumstances--that opportunity is something you manufacture, not something you wait for."
Even better the second time around. A truly remarkable story. Somebody needs to make a movie out of this book.
It's by David McCullough, so why wouldn't you read it? Another McCullough home run.