Official Review: Killing History by L.K. Samuels

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Official Review: Killing History by L.K. Samuels

Post by mmm17 » 12 Aug 2019, 08:08

[Following is an official review of "Killing History" by L.K. Samuels.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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“Even as a kid, I was annoyed by people who wanted to tell everyone how to live.” I believe many of us understand what Clint Eastwood meant when he said these words, cited by author L.K. Samuels in Killing History. In this scholarly tome, L.K. Samuels thoroughly examines the origins and evolution of contemporary political narratives; most importantly, he aims to document how these narratives got distorted.

Starting with the French Revolution, when the insurgent middle class “sat on the left side of the aisle in opposition to the authoritarians,” the author fosters an in-depth discussion of the frailties of left and right-wing political affiliations. Samuels tackles several concepts and dichotomies such as socialism, capitalism, collectivism, individualism, liberals, conservatives, pro-market, and pro-business. He dives deep into Marxism, Italian Fascism, and Nazi Germany’s National Socialism. Samuels argues that they are similar and quotes Churchill: “Fascism was the shadow or ugly child of communism... As Fascism sprang from Communism, so Nazism developed from Fascism.”

This book is a tour de force in political science. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed it, although I do not agree with all of the author’s ideas. Moreover, I was positively impressed by how well-researched the book is, using numerous references and citations to substantiate claims. Due to the depth in which Samuels examines the subject, I thought Killing History resembles a doctoral dissertation. Kudos to the author for coming across as such a knowledgeable man. He is the kind of person I would like to listen to at a conference.

Above all, I must say this was an informative and thought-provoking read. For example, I was astonished to learn that after the 1936 World Olympic Games in Hitler’s Germany, US President FDR invited every white US Olympian to a special gathering in the White House, but not African-American Jesse Owens, the most successful athlete at the games.

Lastly, I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. Apart from a couple of minor errors, it was very well written and professionally edited, with extensive notes and bibliography. I found the book to be both engaging and educational, with no noteworthy negatives to mention. I got hooked by the way the author masterfully interprets and interconnects historical events and political theories. I believe it will appeal to open-minded readers interested in a fresh perspective on politics. Readers who aren’t fond of in-depth scholarly analyses and those with more orthodox political views might not appreciate the book.

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Post by OuKoyoo » 15 Aug 2019, 15:10

What a thought-provoking read. Just learnt something; the US president met all the US Olympians except African-American Jesse Owens the most successful athlete at the games. I would love to read the book. Thank you for the review.

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Post by esp1975 » 15 Aug 2019, 17:35

As someone with a degree in history (though I don't really use the history part of it), this sounds like a really fascinating read. I will have to look for it.

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Post by kandscreeley » 15 Aug 2019, 19:38

I'm glad that this was so well-researched, but I think it would be too much thinking for me. History isn't one of my favorite subjects. Thanks for your thoughts, though.
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Post by Chrystal Oaks » 15 Aug 2019, 22:35

I have an interest in history and politics among many other subjects, so this book (dissertation) sounds very interesting. I learned something new about FDR that is disappointing, but it is new information. Thank you for the informative review; I enjoyed reading it.
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Post by InStoree » 16 Aug 2019, 02:18

mmm17 wrote:
12 Aug 2019, 08:08
This book is a tour de force in political science.
I'm not into political much, but this book seems a treasure for history, and I love history. It will be a challenging read for me which I'm ready to accept it. Your review really brought to light some interesting and provoking aspects. Thank you!
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Post by Nizar Ali Shah » 16 Aug 2019, 09:00

Killing History by L.K.Samuels is a great researched work.Samuels as an expert of this field examines the origin and evolution of contemporary narratives.The is right in his contention that how historical narratives were distorted and he is concerned how to get it corrected.Starting from the French Revolution, Samuels then does the comparative analysis of communism, Fascism, Nazism, individualism, collectivism, as well as liberals and conservatives.The author agrees with Churchill while explaining these political narratives. Samuels has also drawn a beautiful connection between historical events and political theories.He tactfully mentions the US President when he called and met all the US Olympians except African -American Jesse Owens the most successful athlete at the games.This action of the US president increases the curiosity of the readers. I compliment the author for writing such a well researched scholarly work which is of great value for those who are interested in politics and for those readers of political science it is of even greater significance

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Post by vivekshankar » 16 Aug 2019, 09:29

Mystery demystified!
The more you read the more you get to know on the unsaid story.
In depth analysis of Nazism, individualism, collectivism,communism, Fascism, liberals & conservatives.
Scholarly work for the lovers of political science!

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