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Lawrence W. Reed, a resident of Newnan, is president emeritus of the Foundation for Economic Education. His most recent book is “Was Jesus a Socialist?” He can be reached at [email protected]
The Great Library of Alexandria in Egypt boasted the largest collection of texts (scrolls, actually) in the ancient world. Some estimates put the number as high as 400,000.

But that’s tiny compared to the 170 million items in the world’s largest book collection of our time, the Library of Congress in Washington.

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With winter just around the bend, it’s time to think about what we’re going to read by the fireplace or, in my case, in the recliner in my bedroom. I’d like to recommend some exceptional books and then, at the bottom of this column, announce an upcoming event here in town.
The Devil and Karl Marx: Communism’s Long March of Death, Deception and Infiltration by Paul Kengor. With Marxism undergoing a resurgence in the world, this book is a must-read.
How Christianity Changed the World by Alvin J. Schmidt. Every page is a treasure. You will be stunned at the impact of Christianity on almost every corner of life, from science to the arts.
The Charisma Myth: How Anyone Can Master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism by Olivia Cabane. Of the endless self-improvement books on the market, this is one of the very best.
Red, White and Black: Rescuing American History from Revisionists and Race Hustlers, edited by Robert L. Woodson Sr. A very good antidote to the poison of today’s political correctness. Stacey Abrams should read this but won’t.
The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty, intro by Ann Patchett. The writing of the beloved author from Mississippi, who died 20 years ago this past July, is on full display here.
False Alarm: How Climate Change Panic Cost Us Trillions, Hurts the Poor, and
Fails to Fix the Planet by Bjorn Lomborg. After you read this, talk to your sons and daughters in high school and college and find out what they were never told.
Will Rogers—A Biography by Ben Yagoda. The life of an American national treasure — entertaining as well as informative.
Paul Harvey’s America: The Life, Art, and Faith of a Man Who Transformed Radio and Inspired a Nation by Stephen Mansfield and David Holland. For decades, Harvey’s radio commentaries mesmerized the country. Here’s the rest of his story.
The War on History: The Conspiracy to Rewrite America’s Past by Jarrett Stepman. The best and most balanced defense of Columbus, Jefferson, Jackson and other well-known heroes.
Debunking Howard Zinn: Exposing the Fake History that Turned a Generation Against America by Mary Grabar. A real historian exposes a fake but influential one.
San Fransicko: Why Progressives Ruin Cities by Michael Shellenberger. The title says it all.
On the topic of libraries and books, the Newnan Carnegie Library Foundation will sponsor its next “Lunch & Learn” on Friday, Dec. 3, at noon. The speaker will be Maestro Richard Prior, conductor of the Lagrange Symphony Orchestra. With an ensemble in tow, Maestro Prior will provide a program both musical and educational entitled “Magical Moments of Music.” For more info and to register, visit newnancarnegie.com/nclf-events.
Lawrence W. Reed, a resident of Newnan, is president emeritus of the Foundation for Economic Education. His most recent book is “Was Jesus a Socialist?” He can be reached at [email protected].
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