Archive: Carolina Critic

  • ‘Inception’: Mindblowing Thriller With Subtle Payload

    Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) opens Christopher Nolan’s "Inception" with a surprisingly deep discourse on the power of ideas. Yet this action thriller will not disappoint, with pulse-raising suspense and effects-driven thrills to delight the most jaded of theatergoers. Its complex plot, futuristic premise, and incredible visuals will please many looking…

  • Karl Rove Aims to Set Record Straight on Bush Years

    The memoir’s dual themes are: correcting Rove’s own public record and justifying and enhancing President Bush’s. Rove explains his own politics and defends his tactics in campaigns and in the White House. The criticisms of those tactics hit home. Rove had not been in position to respond, so he was…

  • Sowell Exposes Elite Pretensions

    Intellectuals and Society serves as a handbook for understanding current events. Using mainstream media and top-shelf journals, Sowell cites examples showing how biased mind-sets can pollute research and poison public discussion.

  • Goyette: Pro-Regulation Arguments Luring Economy to the Rocks

    If you want a good, easy-to-read explanation of gold, fractional-reserve banking, the Federal Reserve and the nasty side-effects of the politicization of money, this book is excellent. And if you already understand all of that and desire good advice on how to protect your wealth when the government means to…

  • ‘Rise and Rise Again’: A Philosophical Robin Hood

    In this unusual prequel to the classic legend, Ridley Scott and Russell Crowe present a tale of trust blighted and held, words given and broken, with a surprising dissertation on the social contract and the nature of authority — and manage to have a legendarily good time doing it. ...Despite…

  • The Battle Short But Informative

    Arthur C. Brooks’ The Battle is the best of three recent books I have read in an attempt to understand the Wall Street crash. ...At just 128 pages, not including the notes or index, the book is a short, easy read, and the reader will not get lost in a…

  • No Crime a Harrowing Tale of Governmental Abuse

    No Crime But Prejudice is the only revenge that businessman Henry Fischer and his employees will get for the thuggish treatment they endured at the hands of federal authorities who targeted his homebuilding company for its alleged violations of the federal law against employing “undocumented workers.” Against long odds and…

  • End Appeals to Noneconomists

    His book is both historical and geographical. Historically, Bremmer offers a history of free-market capitalism, tracing its evolution from the 17th century to today. Bremmer presents a multitude of facts about the use of free market principles in communist countries, including China. Geographically, he looks at various countries, addressing their…

  • Mattera Looks at Youth’s Infatuation With Obama

    After finishing Obama Zombies, you cannot help but note some irony. First, Obama’s “digital domination” didn’t come cheap. There was a specific reason he opted out of public campaign financing. But liberals supposedly deplore the role of money in politics, don’t they? The second irony is that the tools of…

  • Book Navigates Wall Street Maze

    Lowenstein’s book is not an easy read, but it provides in-depth information allowing the reader to understand the events and the cast of characters that led to the Wall Street collapse of 2008.