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The Closing of the Muslim Mind: How Intellectual Suicide Created the Modern Islamist Crisis
Robert R. Reilly

Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2011

The book you must read to understand the Islamist crisis—and the threat to us all   Robert R. Reilly’s eye-opening book masterfully explains the frightening behavior coming out of the Islamic world. Terrorism, he shows, is only one manifestation of the spiritual pathology of Islamism.   Reilly uncovers the root of our contemporary crisis: a pivotal struggle waged within the Muslim world nearly a millennium ago. In a heated battle over ...


Ten Ways to Destroy the Imagination of Your Child
Mr. Anthony Esolen

Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2013

“Esolen signals with this book his presence in the top rank of authors of cultural criticism.” — American Spectator Play dates, soccer practice, day care, political correctness, drudgery without facts, television, video games, constant supervision, endless distractions: these and other insidious trends in child rearing and education are now the hallmarks of childhood. As author Anthony Esolen demonstrates in this elegantly written, ...


Roots Of American Order
Russell Kirk

Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2003

In this now classic work, Russell Kirk describes the beliefs and institutions that have nurtured the American soul and commonwealth of the United States. Advertising.


Conscience and Its Enemies: Confronting the Dogmas of Liberal Secularism (American Ideals & Institutions)
Robert P George

Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2013

“Many in elite circles yield to the temptation to believe that anyone who disagrees with them is a bigot or a religious fundamentalist. Reason and science, they confidently believe, are on their side. With this book, I aim to expose the emptiness of that belief.” —From the introduction Assaults on religious liberty and traditional morality are growing fiercer. Here, at last, is the counterattack. Showcasing the talents that have made ...


Did Muhammad Exist?: An Inquiry into Islam's Obscure Origins
Robert Spencer

Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2014

Everything you thought you knew about Islam is about to change   This stunning book uncovers provocative evidence that forces us to ask: Did Muhammad, Islam’s founding prophet, even exist?   It is a question that few have thought—or dared—to ask. But the widely accepted story of Islam’s origins begins to crumble on close examination.   In Did Muhammad Exist? bestselling author Robert Spencer brings to ...


The Great Tradition: Classic Readings on What It Means to Be an Educated Human Being

Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2009

Frustrated with the continuing educational crisis of our time, concerned parents, teachers, and students sense that true reform requires more than innovative classroom technology, standardized tests, or skills training. An older tradition—the Great Tradition—of education in the West is waiting to be heard. Since antiquity, the Great Tradition has defined education first and foremost as the hard work of rightly ordering the human soul, ...


Everyday Graces: A Child's Book of Good Manners
Karen Santorum

Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2003

The regrettable fact is that the subject of manners is not much discussed anymore, and good manners seem practiced even less. But good manners are a prerequisite for the growth of moral character; they are the habits of conduct and behavior by which we express in the most ordinary circumstances our fundamental respect for others, whether parents, friends, colleagues, or strangers. Fortunately, Karen Santorum has produced for parents and ...


American Cicero: The Life of Charles Carroll (Lives of the Founders)
Bradley J. Birzer

Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2010

Aristocrat. Catholic. Patriot. Founder. Before his death in 1832, Charles Carroll of Carrollton - the last living signer of the Declaration of Independence - was widely regarded as one of the most important founders. Today, Carroll's signal contributions to the American founding are overlooked, but in the fascinating new biography American Cicero, historian Bradley J. Birzer rescues Carroll from this unjust neglect. Born a bastard, Carroll ...


Choosing the Right College 2014-15: The Inside Scoop on Elite Schools and Outstanding Lesser-Known ...
John Zmirak

Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2013

“By far the best college guide in America” —Thomas Sowell “Easily the best of the college guides” — American Spectator “Indispensable” — First Things “An essential reference” — Homeschool Magazine “A godsend” — National Catholic Register Over the past decade, Choosing the Right College has established itself as the indispensable resource for students—and parents—who want the unvarnished truth about ...


How the West Won: The Neglected Story of the Triumph of Modernity
Rodney Stark

Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2014

Finally the Truth about the Rise of the West Modernity developed only in the West—in Europe and North America. Nowhere else did science and democracy arise; nowhere else was slavery outlawed. Only Westerners invented chimneys, musical scores, telescopes, eyeglasses, pianos, electric lights, aspirin, and soap. The question is, Why? Unfortunately, that question has become so politically incorrect that most scholars ...


The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise: Muslims, Christians, and Jews under Islamic Rule in Medieval Spain
Darío Fernández-Morera

Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2014

THE MYTH OF THE ANDALUSIAN PARADISE      Muslims, Christians, and Jews under Islamic Rule in Medieval Spain DARÍO FERNÁNDEZ-MORERA Debunking a Politically Potent Myth   Historians, journalists, and even politicians uphold the Muslim kingdom in medieval Spain—"al-Andalus"—as a multicultural paradise, a place where Muslims, Christians, and Jews lived in harmony. There ...


Office Of Assertion: An Art Of Rhetoric For Academic Essay
Scott F. Crider

Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2005

Scott F. Crider addresses the intelligent university student with respect and humor. A short but serious book of rhetoric, it is informed by both the ancient rhetorical tradition and recent discoveries concerning the writing process. Though practical, it is not simply a how-to manual; though philosophical, it never loses sight of writing itself. Crider combines practical guidance about how to improve an academic essay with reflection on the ...


Dupes: How America's Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century
Paul Kengor

Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2010

Historian Kengor shines a light on a deeply troubling aspect of American history: the prominent role of the dupe. Packed with stunning revelations, "Dupes" shows in frightening detail the extent to which U.S. adversaries exploit the American homefront.


The Solzhenitsyn Reader: New and Essential Writings, 1947-2005
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2009

This reader, compiled by renowned Solzhenitsyn scholars Edward E. Ericson, Jr., and Daniel J. Mahoney in collaboration with the Solzhenitsyn family, provides in one volume a rich and representative selection of Solzhenitsyn's voluminous works. Reproduced in their entirety are early poems, early and late short stories, early and late "miniatures" (or prose poems), and many of Solzhenitsyn’s famous—and not-so-famous—essays and speeches. ...


What So Proudly We Hail: The American Soul in Story, Speech, and Song

Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2011

A book for educating citizens   This wonderfully rich anthology uses the soul-shaping power of story, speech, and song to help Americans realize more deeply—and appreciate more fully—who they are as citizens of the United States.   At once inspiring and thought-provoking, What So Proudly We Hail features dozens of selections on American identity, character, and civic life by our country’s greatest writers and leaders—from ...


Great Contemporaries: Churchill Reflects on FDR, Hitler, Kipling, Chaplin, Balfour, and Other Giants of His ...
Winston Churchill

Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2012

Churchill Sizes Up the Giants of His Age, Offers Wisdom for Our Own Winston Churchill was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature on the strength of “his mastery of historical and biographical description.” Nowhere is that mastery more evident than in Great Contemporaries (1937), which features Churchill’s brief lives of those he called “Great Men of our age.”   ISI Books is proud to publish a brand-new, illustrated edition of ...


Family and Civilization (Background: Essential Texts for the Conservative Mind)
Prof. Carle C. Zimmerman

Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2008

Family and Civilization is the magnum opus of Carle Zimmerman, a distinguished sociologist who taught for many years at Harvard University. In this unjustly forgotten work Zimmerman demonstrates the close and causal connections between the rise and fall of different types of families and the rise and fall of civilizations, particularly ancient Greece and Rome, medieval and modern Europe, and the United States. Zimmerman traces the evolution of ...


The Life of the Mind: On the Joys and Travails of Thinking
James V. Schall

Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2008

In "The Life of the Mind," Georgetown University's James V. Schall takes up the task of reminding us that, as human beings, we naturally take a special delight and pleasure in simply knowing. Because we have not only bodies but also minds, we are built to know what is. In this volume, Schall, author of "On the Unseriousness of Human Affairs "(ISI Books),"" among many other volumes of philosophical and political reflection, discusses the various ...


The Quest for Community: A Study in the Ethics of Order and Freedom (Background: Essential Texts for the ...
Robert Nisbet

Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2010

One of the leading thinkers to emerge in the postwar conservative intellectual revival was the sociologist Robert Nisbet. His book The Quest for Community , published in 1953, stands as one of the most persuasive accounts of the dilemmas confronting modern society.   Nearly a half century before Robert Putnam documented the atomization of society in Bowling Alone , Nisbet argued that the rise of the powerful modern state had eroded the ...


On the Meaning of Sex
Ph.D. J. Budziszewski Ph.D

Intercollegiate Studies Institute, 2014

What is the meaning of sex? Everyone in every time and place is interested in sex. Our own time is obsessed by it. One would think that a society obsessed by sex would understand it very well. But the truth is that obsession drives out understanding. We no longer understand even the common sense of sexuality, the things that were common knowledge in supposedly less enlightened times. Acclaimed philosopher J. Budziszewski remedies this ...



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