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It has been some time since I recommended books to my readers. Since
many will begin Christmas shopping soon (or have already) I thought I
would respond today with some recommendations - two books I did not
enjoy and two that I think offer good rebuttals.

"Freak-o-nomics," by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dupner.

This book has raised quite a stink with its assertion that legalizing
abortion in the 1970s greatly reduced crime on the 1990s. The book
also makes claims about the effects of right-to-carry laws on crime
rates, which are contrary to what I have been saying in speeches on
college campuses including Ohio University and, more recently,
Bucknell University. Nonetheless, I always encourage my readers to
seek contrary opinions.

"Freedom-nomics" by John R. Lott, Jr.

In this enjoyable book, Lott offers an intriguing argument about the
true effects the 1973 "Roe" decision has had on crime. This argument
alone makes the book well worth the purchase price. But Lott also
offers a strong rebuttal to the assertion that right-to-carry laws
have not reduced crime. Levitt and Dupner suggest that Lott may have
fabricated data and that there has been a widespread inability of
others to replicate his results. But, why then, are there more
refereed studies (fifteen) showing that CCWs reduce homicide rates
than refereed studies (ten) showing no effect? And why are there no
(exactly zero) refereed studies showing the CCWs are increasing
homicide rates? Was that not the principal argument against
right-to-carry laws in the first place?

Lott also makes a strong case for the deterrent effect of the death
penalty, which is causing this lifelong abolitionist to reconsider his
position.

"Letter to a Christian Nation," by Sam Harris.

There are two types of opponents to Christianity - those who
misunderstand Christianity and those who understand but mis-represent
Christianity. 

Sam Harris is in the latter group.

Harris intentionally lumps "old world" creationism with "new world"
creationism in an attempt to falsely portray Christians as opponents
of science. He also lumps adult stem cell research (responsible for
curing 73 diseases) with embryonic stem cell research (responsible for
curing zero diseases) in an effort to make Christians appear to be
sadistic in their supposed opposition to science.

I want everyone to read Harris' book to get a good glimpse at the
depth of his intellectual dishonesty and his anti-religious bigotry.

"What's So Great About Christianity," by Dinesh D'Souza.

Dinesh offers a brilliant rebuttal to the likes of Harris (and
Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins). If you did not see D'Souza
destroy Hitchens in a recent CSPAN debate, please take the time to
read this great book. It is one of the finest Christian apologetics
since "Mere Christianity," by C.S. Lewis.

And, finally, log on to www.DrAdams.org to purchase signed copies of
my first book before it becomes unavailable in January, which is when
I start to take pre-orders for my second book "Feminists Say the
Darnedest Things."

Happy Turkey Day,

Mike S. Adams


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