Anti-Woke Books - Real History and Science.

Devyn

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I love Finkelstein.
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Any good historical books? I want to read up on colonial Africa
Here's an interesting one I came across not so long ago: Bantu Bureaucracy
It's a sociological study done right at the tail end of British colonialism in Uganda. As such it's not really a polemical or historical work, but a description of what the society of the Bantus was like before the British arrived, and what progress had been made in establishing a modern administrative state in the region. Particularly in the areas of village governance and court proceedings you could see the interplay of the old and new ways.
There was a recognition at the time (1956) that colonialism had to end, and the goal had become to let Uganda eventually emerge from British "tutelage" as an independent, functioning state. Since then, the record on that front has been mixed.
 

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I recently finished ‘The Gun’ by C.J. Chivers. It billed itself as an examination of the genesis and impact of the Avtomat Kalashnikov, but actually turned out to be a sprawling, epic study of the effect of automatic weaponry on warfare as it miniaturised down from Gatling guns to the AK and Armalite.
Brilliantly written, thoroughly researched and absolutely unbiased in its examination of the immediate success of the AK platform as opposed to the absolute clusterfuck that marred the US’ transit to the M16.

The ‘Flashman Papers’ by George MacDonald Fraser are unapologetically colonialist, sexist, misogynistic, racist, and all the rest, but are excellently researched and enormously entertaining. Get them before they’re banned for glorifying the Victorian age of colonialism.

Our American friends may be especially interested in ‘Flashman and the Angel of the Lord’ (Flashman, John Brown, and the attack on Harper’s Ferry), ‘Flashman and the Redskins’ (Flashman gets tangled up with the Mimbreno Apaches when he marries an Apache princess) or ’Flash for Freedom’ (Flashman gets caught up with the Underground Railroad).

Flashy is a brilliant antihero and has gone on to inspire many copycats, but you should always go to the source.
 

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Here's one I just finished that's worth reading:
Lysenko and the Tragedy of Soviet Science
Written by a Russian scientist who lived and worked in the Lysenko era, and met the man a number of times. Everyone probably has a passing familiarity with "that famous Soviet charlatan who believed in Lamarckism", but the full story of Trofim Lysenko's decades-long career - which at one point even had him technically outranking Stalin - is a shocking look at how ideology, identity politics, unchecked fraud, and sheer meanspiritedness ran roughshod over science. The human cost was incalculable.
 

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Alice Dreger's Galileo's Middle Finger is an excellent primer and written by an academic with a uniquely insightful perspective/

She exposed fundamental problems with medical treatment of intersex people, and was later caught in the crosshairs of some of the most esteemed Troon activists after they got a sex researcher canceled for writing about AGP. If you have to read one book on the issue as a primer I'd suggest this one. It particularly shows how exceptionally scorched earth and psychopathic the TRA movement is, from a relatively neutral perspective.
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Rogue Heroes:
Britain’s Special Air Service—or SAS—was the brainchild of David Stirling, a young, gadabout aristocrat whose aimlessness in early life belied a remarkable strategic mind. Where most of his colleagues looked at a battlefield map of World War II’s African theater and saw a protracted struggle with Rommel’s desert forces, Stirling saw an opportunity: given a small number of elite, well-trained men, he could parachute behind enemy lines and sabotage their airplanes and war material. Paired with his constitutional opposite, the disciplined martinet Jock Lewes, Stirling assembled a revolutionary fighting force that would upend not just the balance of the war, but the nature of combat itself. He faced no little resistance from those who found his tactics ungentlemanly or beyond the pale, but in the SAS’s remarkable exploits facing the Nazis in the Africa and then on the Continent can be found the seeds of nearly all special forces units that would follow.

Bringing his keen eye for psychological detail to a riveting wartime narrative, Ben Macintyre uses his unprecedented access to SAS archives to shine a light inside a legendary unit long shrouded in secrecy. The result is not just a tremendous war story, but a fascinating group portrait of men of whom history and country asked the most.


honest and well written historical account, was informative and enjoyable to read.

Gravity's Rainbow:
Winner of the 1973 National Book Award, Gravity's Rainbow is a postmodern epic, a work as exhaustively significant to the second half of the twentieth century as Joyce's Ulysses was to the first. Its sprawling, encyclopedic narrative and penetrating analysis of the impact of technology on society make it an intellectual tour de force.

Temple of the Golden Pavilion:
Because of the boyhood trauma of seeing his mother make love to another man in the presence of his dying father, Mizoguchi becomes a hopeless stutterer. Taunted by his schoolmates, he feels utterly alone until he becomes an acolyte at a famous temple in Kyoto. He quickly becomes obsessed with the beauty of the temple. Even when tempted by a friend into exploring the geisha district, he cannot escape its image. In the novel's soaring climax, he tries desperately to free himself from his fixation.

Blood Meridian:
An epic novel of the violence and depravity that attended America's westward expansion, Blood Meridian brilliantly subverts the conventions of the Western novel and the mythology of the "wild west."

Based on historical events that took place on the Texas-Mexico border in the 1850s, it traces the fortunes of the Kid, a fourteen-year-old Tennesseean who stumbles into the nightmarish world where Indians are being murdered and the market for their scalps is thriving.
 

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The Chief Culprit : Stalin's Grand Design to Start World War II

This book argues that Stalin was likely planning to betray Hitler and invade Europe. He looks at tank designs, doctrine, plans, communist theory and alot of other things. Its also a great explanation of how the Soviets prepared for ww2.

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His writing style is very charming and youtubers despise him.
 

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I highly recommend nearly anything by Christopher Lasch or Carl Schmitt. Their writings on political and cultural theory and their predictions for the future were decades ahead of their time. Ironically the two had vastly different backgrounds, Lasch being from a family that was highly on the American left, Lasch defended the middle class and nuclear family from a Socialistic perspective and was extremely poignant. Whereas Schmitt was the legal architect of the German constitution and Hitler's emergency powers following the Reichstag fire. His writings are a scathing critique established systems of liberal societies and democracies, and surprise surprise, embraced heavy handedly by China who uses them to great effect around the world.

They are both highly underrated and have been quietly shunned into a corner by most modern 'intellectuals' and higher academia due to their intellectual butchering of every foundation that the Wokeified Western nations now stand on.

Start with the Lasch's Culture of Narcissism, it's his most famous work. Then move onto Schmitt's Political Theology (also his most famous work). They do a great job of properly defining the so called woke ideologies and political movements we see today as nothing but cultish, god shaped hole, puritan faiths for... you guessed it, Narcissists.
 

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Higher Superstition: The Academic Left and its Quarrels with Science
A 1994 vignette from the "science wars" - when postmodernists metastatized out of American English departments and started attacking the sciences despite their rather flimsy understanding.

In a similar vein, Alan Sokal's 1999 Fashionable Nonsense which examines a number of contemporary postmodern abuses of scientific reasoning.

Most of the best literature on wokeism and proto-wokeism comes from the previous iteration of this culture war, in the 90s. Back then we still had intellectuals trained in the liberal tradition who were willing and able to push back.
 

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I love The Fountainhead. Howard Roark is like my ideal hero - he doesn't compromise his craft and conform to what society deems is best willing to labour unrecognized than be successful by compromising himself. The villain is a socialist who uses his power in the media to push his views and keep Roark and people like him down. Its very applicable to the modern political climate.

Ayn Rand in general is against victim mentality which is the foundation of wokeness. In the Fountainhead, Roark never enters such a mentality despite all the setbacks he suffers. We need more media celebrating strength like that instead of what we have now.
 

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Just wanted to say that I read The Pink Triangle based on recommendations here, and I second the recommendation. The Nazi persecution of homosexuals is a part of history being actively colonized and appropriated at present - reading genuine accounts of it is a needed corrective.
Despite the cover photo (and title), most of this book is not about what went on in the concentration camps - the author himself escaped Germany in time to avoid them. If that specifically is your interest, you may want another book.
 

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Judgement in Moscow by Valdimir Bukovsky is really quite a good book for the first few chapters alone
Edit: The rest of the book drags a bit; its not bad but he's too close to the subject at hand for a real analysis of the source documents, which is completely understandable given his history.

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