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Several years ago I published a hardcover collection of my more substantial articles, entitled The Myth of American Meritocracy and Other Essays.

More recently, various people had suggested that I produce a similar collection of my American Pravda articles, so I’ve now done so in an eBook format. The full title is Our American Pravda and Other Essays in a Historical Counter-Narrative of the Last One Hundred Years.

I also decided to produce an eBook version of my previous Meritocracy collection, now updated to include my more recent articles that fell outside the American Pravda category.

Given the very low Amazon royalties for eBooks, I’ve decided to make both these books freely available for downloading in both the Mobi/Kindle and standard ePub formats. Just click on the appropriate links below:

Meritocracy Collection (Mobi, ePub) and American Pravda (Mobi, ePub)


Each of these books runs well over 300,000 words, and they together contain nearly 200 of my articles from The Unz Review and a wide variety of other publications.

These eBook versions are convenient for reading without use of the Internet, sometimes an important issue in these troubled times, and feel free to redistribute the copies to whomever might find the information of interest. If you consider the material valuable, then donate whatever you consider fair via PayPal or other systems.

I’m providing below a listing of the total contents of each volume, preceded by some of the very generous cover quotes that my Meritocracy collection had attracted back in 2016.

Meritocracy Collection Cover Quotes

With high intelligence, common sense, and advanced statistical skills, presented transparently and accessibly, Ron Unz has for decades been addressing key issues in a rapidly changing America, enlightening us on the implications and effects of bilingual programs in American schools, clarifying the issues around crime and immigration so often distorted in political and popular discussion, placing the question of an increased minimum wage effectively on the national agenda, and addressing most provocatively the issue of affirmative action and admission to selective colleges and universities, revealing some aspects of this ever disputed question that have never been noted or discussed publicly before. He is one of our most valuable discussants and analysts of public issues.—Nathan Glazer, Professor Emeritus of Education and Sociology, Harvard University, and author of Beyond the Melting Pot.

Few people on the planet are smarter than Ron Unz or have more intellectual curiosity. This fascinating and provocative collection of essays explores a remarkable range of topics, many of them high profile, some of them arcane. Unz’s analysis is always serious and invariably challenges prevailing wisdoms, which is to say there are a lot of controversial arguments in this book. No one is likely to agree with every one of his conclusions, but we would be better off if there were more people like Ron Unz among us. —John J. Mearsheimer, the R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago, and author of The Israel Lobby.

Ron Unz is a brilliant essayist. His interests run from ancient history and black holes to contemporary issues like racial quotas and the minimum wage. He moves swiftly to the heart of a subject with cogent analysis and limpid argument. This collection of essays sparkles with unexpected gems ranging from critiques of the mainstream press to appreciation of dissenters from common wisdom such as General Bill Odom and Alexander Cockburn. In every paragraph of these essays the reader enjoys a penetrating intelligence at work. —Nicholas Wade, former writer and editor for The New York Times, and author of Before the Dawn, The Faith Instinct, and A Troublesome Inheritance.

Over the past two decades as an original thinker and writer Ron Unz has tackled complex and significant subjects such as immigration, education, economics, race, and the press, pushing aside common assumptions. This book brings together in one volume these pieces from a variety of publications. Unlike other essayists on culture and politics, Unz shreds ideology and relies on statistical data to support his often groundbreaking ideas, such as his 2010 essay on “The Myth of Hispanic Crime.” And his 2014 efforts to put a $12 an hour minimum wage bill before California voters is an example of how the action of an individual can draw public attention to an issue he believes is necessary for the economic health of the Republic. Anyone reading this book will learn a great deal about America from an incisive writer and scholar who has peeled back layers of conventional wisdom to expose the truth on issues of prime importance today. —Sydney Schanberg, Pulitzer-Prize winning former reporter and editor for The New York Times, whose story inspired the 1984 film The Killing Fields.

Provocative and fearless, sometimes infuriating, and quite often, persuasive. And when American’s low-wage workers get their coming big raise, the apostate conservative Ron Unz will deserve a decent share of the credit. —Prof. James K. Galbraith, author of The End of Normal and Welcome to the Poisoned Chalice: The Destruction of Greece and the Future of Europe.

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Meritocracy Collection

Cover Quotes
Preface to 2016 Edition

RACE, ETHNICITY, AND SOCIAL POLICY

America’s Decline
Commentary (Letters) • August 1992 • 600 Words
How to Grab the Immigration Issue
The Wall Street Journal • May 24, 1994 • 1,100 Words
Immigration or the Welfare State
Policy Review • September 1994 • 4,100 Words
Against Prop. 187
The Los Angeles Times • October 3, 1994 • 900 Words
Sinking Our State
Reason • November 1994 • 1,500 Words
Why National Review Is Wrong About Immigration
National Review • November 7, 1994 • 1,900 Words
CCRI vs. Prop. 187
The Los Angeles Times • March 12, 1995 • 900 Words
Immigrants and Family Values
The Rockford Institute Family in America • May 1995 • 800 Words
Immigration Mockery
The Los Angeles Times • May 21, 1995 • 600 Words
Big Brother, Meet Big Sister
The Los Angeles Times • June 12, 1995 • 800 Words
Bilingualism vs. Bilingual Education
The Los Angeles Times • October 19, 1997 • 1,000 Words
Alpert-Firestone: Recipe for Chaos
The Los Angeles Times • February 26, 1998 • 700 Words
Some Minorities Are More Minor Than Others
The Wall Street Journal • November 16, 1998 • 800 Words
New Yorkers Hate Bilingual Ed
City Journal • Winter 1999 • 400 Words
The Right Kind of Outreach for the GOP
The Weekly Standard • March 1, 1999 • 2,600 Words
California and the End of White America
Commentary • October 1999 • 8,600 Words
How to Speak the GOP’s Language
The Wall Street Journal • February 24, 2000 • 800 Words
The Right Way for Republicans to Handle Ethnicity in Politics
The American Enterprise • April 2000 • 3,200 Words
Losing the Peace on English in the Schools
National Review • June 13, 2000 • 1,400 Words
How the Republicans Lost California
The Wall Street Journal • August 28, 2000 • 1,300 Words
The Gift of English
City Journal • Autumn 2000 • 400 Words
Above the Law in Arizona?
National Review • January 12, 2001 • 700 Words
Bilingual Education Lives On
The New York Times • March 2, 2001 • 700 Words
Trimming the Emperor’s New Clothes
National Review • May 22, 2001 • 800 Words
The Bilingual Burden of Republican Guilt
The Wall Street Journal • May 24, 2001 • 1,400 Words
Rocks Falling Upward at Harvard University
National Review • October 26, 2001 • 800 Words
Will Riordan Run on “English”?
The Sacramento Bee • December 23, 2001 • 1,000 Words
Habla Usted Ingles?
The Wall Street Journal • October 31, 2002 • 500 Words

The Myth of Hispanic Crime
The American Conservative • January 26, 2010 • 5,500 Words
Immigration, Republicans, and the End of White America
The American Conservative • September 19, 2011 • 12,200 Words
Race, IQ, and Wealth
The American Conservative • July 18, 2012 • 7,500 Words
The East Asian Exception to Socio-Economic IQ Influences
The American Conservative • July 18, 2012 • 1,100 Words
No Quotas, No Elite Public High School
The American Conservative • October 30, 2012 • 1,200 Words
The Myth of American Meritocracy
The American Conservative • November 28, 2012 • 26,200 Words
Statistics Indicate an Ivy League Asian Quota
The New York Times • December 19, 2012 • 700 Words
Racial Quotas, Harvard, and the Legacy of Bakke
National Review • February 18, 2013 • 800 Words
How Social Darwinism Made Modern China
The American Conservative • March 11, 2013 • 8,300 Words
Race/IQ: The Jason Richwine Affair
The American Conservative • May 13, 2013 • 2,400 Words
Race and Crime in America
The Unz Review • July 20, 2013 • 7,300 Words
California Republicans Vote to Restore “Bilingual Education”
The Unz Review • May 7, 2014 • 1,400 Words
English and Meritocracy: the Gullibility of Our Political and Media Elites
The Unz Review • May 15, 2014 • 1,800 Words
Does Race Exist? Do Hills Exist?
The Unz Review • May 22, 2014 • 2,300 Words
Asian Quotas in the Ivy League? “We See Nothing! Nothing!”
The Unz Review • May 27, 2014 • 1,500 Words
Meritocracy: Will Harvard Become Free and Fair?
The Unz Review • January 19, 2016 • 1,100 Words
Bilingual Education Programs Fail Our Students
The San Diego Union-Tribune • August 5, 2016 • 800 Words
Bilingualism vs. “Bilingual Education”
The Unz Review • September 12, 2016 • 2,600 Words
A “Grand Bargain” on Immigration Reform?
The Unz Review • October 3, 2016 • 4,700 Words
American Pravda: Racial Discrimination at Harvard
The Unz Review • October 22, 2018 • 10,300 Words
Racial Politics in America and in California
The Unz Review • November 12, 2018 • 7,400 Words
An Open Letter to the “Alt-Right” and Others
The Unz Review • December 24, 2018 • 2,000 Words
Immigration, Building a Wall, and Hispanic Crime
The Unz Review • January 14, 2019 • 5,800 Words
The Political Bankruptcy of American White Nationalism
The Unz Review • July 27, 2020 • 3,400 Words
Will California Restore Affirmative Action?
The Unz Review • September 18, 2020 • 1,400 Words
White Racialism in America, Then and Now
The Unz Review • October 5, 2020 • 24,900 Words

ECONOMICS AND FINANCE

Trade Disaster Deferred
The Sacramento Bee • July 9, 1995 • 900 Words
Taking Stock
The Los Angeles Times • August 25, 2002 • 900 Words
China’s Rise, America’s Fall
The American Conservative • April 17, 2012 • 6,600 Words
Raising American Wages…By Raising American Wages
The New America Foundation • November 15, 2012 • 3,900 Words
Paying Tuition to a Giant Hedge Fund
The American Conservative • December 4, 2012 • 1,300 Words
No Immigration Amnesty Without a Minimum Wage Hike
Salon • May 18, 2013 • 700 Words
NR on TNR on Unz on Minimum Wage/Immigration
The Unz Review • July 1, 2013 • 1,700 Words
Open Borders, American Elites, and the Minimum Wage
The Unz Review • November 11, 2013 • 1,700 Words
A $12 Minimum Wage: Transforming Policy Idea into Political Reality
The Unz Review • December 4, 2013 • 2,500 Words
Raise the Minimum Wage to $12 an Hour
The New York Times • December 5, 2013 • 600 Words
Conservatives for More Welfare
The Unz Review • December 30, 2013 • 1,000 Words
How California Can Raise All Boats
The Los Angeles Times • January 5, 2014 • 900 Words
Rightwingers for Higher Wages
The Unz Review • January 9, 2014 • 1,800 Words
The Minimum Wage and Illegal Immigration
The Unz Review • January 22, 2014 • 1,600 Words
Higher Minimum Wage Would Help Immigrants, Taxpayers
The San Jose Mercury News • February 2, 2014 • 600 Words
Raising the Minimum Wage Isn’t an “Anti-Immigrant” Idea
The Unz Review • February 2, 2014 • 1,600 Words
The Conservative Case for a Higher Minimum Wage
Fox & Hounds Daily • February 3, 2014 • 1,200 Words
What’s Good for America Is Good for Wal-Mart, and Vice-Versa
Forbes • February 11, 2014 • 1,100 Words
Should We Cut the Minimum Wage?
The Unz Review • February 18, 2014 • 1,400 Words
Walmart, Peter Thiel, the Weekly Standard, and Other Dog-Biters
The Unz Review • February 26, 2014 • 1,300 Words
Understanding the CBO Analysis of a Minimum Wage Hike
The Unz Review • March 10, 2014 • 1,700 Words
The Huge Economic Productivity of Divine Monarchs
The Unz Review • April 15, 2014 • 1,600 Words
Our Elite Colleges Should Abolish Tuition
The New York Times • March 30, 2015 • 500 Words
Meritocracy: How Harvard Currently Soaks the Rich…Such as NYC Public Schoolteachers
The Unz Review • February 4, 2016 • 2,300 Words
Meritocracy: Harvard PR vs. Factual Reality
The Unz Review • February 15, 2016 • 1,200
Solving Silicon Valley’s Immigration Problem
The San Jose Mercury News • May 12, 2016 • 600 Words

MEDIA AND REALITY

Far East
The Economist (Letters) • May 3, 1986 • 500 Words
Why Books Matter
Unpublished • June 1, 2000 • 800 Words
The Life and Legacy of Lt. Gen. William Odom
The American Conservative • September 8, 2008 • 2,500 Words
Was Rambo Right?
The American Conservative • May 25, 2010 • 1,300 Words
Chinese Melamine and American Vioxx: A Comparison
The American Conservative • April 17, 2012 • 1,800 Words
The Long Decline of the London Economist
The American Conservative • April 27, 2012 • 1,900 Words
Buckley’s Unlikely Heir
The American Conservative • August 23, 2012 • 1,100 Words
Two Cheers for Heresy on Global Warming
The American Conservative • September 24, 2012 • 1,200 Words
Our American Pravda
The American Conservative • April 29, 2013 • 4,500 Words
John McCain: When “Tokyo Rose” Ran for President
The Unz Review • March 9, 2015 • 4,200 Words
Why The American Conservative Purged Its Own Publisher
The Unz Review • May 29, 2018 • 5,800 Words
What Google and Facebook Are Hiding
The Unz Review • May 24, 2020 • 3,400 Words
Ideological Purges and the Lord Voldemort Effect
The Unz Review • July 14, 2020 • 3,800 Words
Google and the John McCain Cover-Up
The Unz Review • August 6, 2020 • 1,800 Words
Half a Pulitzer Prize to the Wall Street Journal
The Unz Review • August 23, 2020 • 1,800 Words
31,000 Words Missing from The Atlantic and The New York Times Sunday Magazine
The Unz Review • September 9, 2020 • 2,900 Words
Glenn Greenwald Escapes His $100 Million Webzine
The Unz Review • November 1, 2020 • 2,700 Words

IDEOLOGY AND POLITICS

The Goldwater Papers
The California Political Review • May 1993 • 1,400 Words
The Horcher Affair
Unpublished • December 1994 • 800 Words
Educational Nonsense and Vouchers
The Sacramento Bee • January 3, 1999 • 1,700 Words
Voucher Veto
The Nation • May 3, 1999 • 1,100 Words
Federalism vs. Roe vs. Wade
The Wall Street Journal • June 16, 1999 • 800 Words
California Republicans as the Party of the Poor
The Sacramento Bee • August 22, 1999 • 1,000 Words
Politics Is Up for Sale in California
The Los Angeles Times • August 26, 1999 • 800 Words
Too Many Guns and Too Many Gun Laws
Unpublished • September 1, 1999 • 800 Words
Gay Marriages Today, Polygamy Tomorrow?
The San Francisco Chronicle • October 8, 1999 • 800 Words
McCain-Feingold Loses; There is an Alternative
The Wall Street Journal • October 20, 1999 • 800 Words
Democrats’ Double Standard on Campaign Reform
The New York Times • March 10, 2000 • 600 Words
High Noon for Vouchers
National Review • June 20, 2000 • 1,600 Words
Dishonest Campaign Reform Is Worse Than None
The Los Angeles Times • October 1, 2000 • 800 Words
Darwinian Evolution
The American Spectator (Letters) • February 2001 • 300 Words
Ballots for Dollars
National Review • February 27, 2001 • 600 Words
The Conservative Monkey Wars Revisited
Unpublished • March 1, 2001 • 1,200 Words
How I Made Mitt
The American Conservative • June 26, 2012 • 1,000 Words
The Government Employee Who May Have Saved a Million American Lives
The Unz Review • March 30, 2020 • 1,800 Words
American Pravda: Our Disputed Election
The Unz Review • January 14, 2021 • 1,900 Words

FOREIGN POLICY AND NATIONAL SECURITY

Avoiding a New Cold War with China
AsianWeek • June 24, 1999 • 700 Words
Patriotism and Idiocy
The New Republic (Letters) • November 26, 2001 • 300 Words
Rounding Up Arabs, Blacks, and Jews
Salon • December 6, 2001 • 1,100 Words
Israel’s Future: Kachism or Nothing
Commentary Magazine (Letters) • January 2002 • 600 Words
Sharonism vs. Building a Wall
The Sacramento Bee • April 28, 2002 • 1,600 Words
30,000 American Dead in Iraq….Noooo Problem!!!
LewRockwell • April 13, 2004 • 500 Words
The Torricelli Precedent
LewRockwell • April 15, 2004 • 600 Words
Bananas and Republics
LewRockwell • May 14, 2004 • 400 Words
If You Can’t Trust Chalabi-the-Thief, Whom Can You Trust?
LewRockwell • May 24, 2004 • 700 Words
Averting World Conflict with China
The Unz Review • December 13, 2018 • 1,800 Words

CLASSICAL HISTORY

The Surplus of the Athenian Phoros
Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies • Spring 1985 • 10,400 Words
Alexander’s Brothers?
The Journal of Hellenic Studies • November 1985 • 2,700 Words
The Chronology of the Elean War
Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies • Spring 1986 • 6,200 Words
The Chronology of the Pentekontaetia
Classical Quarterly • May 1986 • 10,800 Words

THEORETICAL PHYSICS

Unorthodox Curvature Interactions, Black Holes, and Inflation
Physical Review D • December 15, 1984 • 5,800 Words

MERITOCRACY QUANTITATIVE APPENDICES

The American Conservative • November 21, 2012 • 6,400 Words
Appendix A: Estimates of American Jewish Population
Appendix B: Distribution of American Racial/Ethnic Groups
Appendix C: Racial/Ethnic Enrollments at Elite Universities
Appendix D: Jewish Enrollments at Elite Universities
Appendix E: Estimated Distribution of NMS Semifinalists
Appendix F: Winners of Leading Academic Competitions
Appendix G: Harvard College Phi Beta Kappa Inductees
Appendix H: Relative Enrollments at Elite Universities

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American Pravda Series Preface

In April 2013 I published Our American Pravda, a major article highlighting some of the most disturbing omissions of our national media in issues of the greatest national importance. The considerable attention it attracted from The Atlantic, Forbes, and a New York Times economics columnist demonstrated that the mainstream journalists themselves were often all too aware of these problems, but perhaps found them difficult to address within the confining structure of large media organizations. This reinforced my belief in the reality of the serious condition I had diagnosed.

As I wrote at the time:

The realization that the world is often quite different from what is presented in our leading newspapers and magazines is not an easy conclusion for most educated Americans to accept, or at least that was true in my own case. For decades, I have closely read the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and one or two other major newspapers every morning, supplemented by a wide variety of weekly or monthly opinion magazines. Their biases in certain areas had always been apparent to me. But I felt confident that by comparing and contrasting the claims of these different publications and applying some common sense, I could obtain a reasonably accurate version of reality. I was mistaken.

Aside from the evidence of our own senses, almost everything we know about the past or the news of today comes from bits of ink on paper or colored pixels on a screen, and fortunately over the last decade or two the growth of the Internet has vastly widened the range of information available to us in that latter category. Even if the overwhelming majority of the unorthodox claims provided by such non-traditional web-based sources is incorrect, at least there now exists the possibility of extracting vital nuggets of truth from vast mountains of falsehood. Certainly the events of the past dozen years have forced me to completely recalibrate my own reality-detection apparatus.

In a related article, I later added:

We naively tend to assume that our media accurately reflects the events of our world and its history, but instead what we all too often see are only the tremendously distorted images of a circus fun-house mirror, with small items sometimes transformed into large ones, and large ones into small. The contours of historical reality may be warped into almost unrecognizable shapes, with some important elements completely disappearing from the record and others appearing out of nowhere. I’ve often suggested that the media creates our reality, but given such glaring omissions and distortions, the reality produced is often largely fictional.

Whether misleading or not, the stories in our newspapers and magazines tend to be transitory, but the passage of time may gradually congeal such contemporaneous media propaganda into the standard historical narratives that almost all of us have been taught represents the accurate account of the past. The falsehoods of today can easily become permanent ones.

This obvious relationship between media and history led me to eventually expand what had been a single article into a very lengthy series, exploring such histories and attempting to determine the reality of what had happened. These dozens of articles carefully analyzed many of the most momentous events of the twentieth century.

A couple of years ago, I had closed another article with the following sentence:

I’ve also sometimes joked with my friends that when the true history of our last one hundred years is finally written and told—probably by a Chinese professor at a Chinese university—none of the students in his lecture hall will ever believe a word of it.

Taken together this collection seeks to provide a historical counter-narrative of our last one hundred years.

American Pravda Series

Preface

The Life and Legacy of Lt. Gen. William Odom
The American Conservative • September 8, 2008 • 2,500 Words
American Pravda: Was Rambo Right?
The American Conservative • May 25, 2010 • 1,300 Words
China’s Rise, America’s Fall
The American Conservative • April 17, 2012 • 6,600 Words
Chinese Melamine and American Vioxx: A Comparison
The American Conservative • April 17, 2012 • 1,800 Words
The Myth of American Meritocracy
The American Conservative • November 28, 2012 • 26,200 Words
Our American Pravda
The American Conservative • April 29, 2013 • 4,500 Words
American Pravda: Who Shot Down Flight MH17 in Ukraine?
The Unz Review • August 14, 2014 • 1,600 Words
John McCain: When “Tokyo Rose” Ran for President
The Unz Review • March 9, 2015 • 4,200 Words
The Legacy of Sydney Schanberg
The Unz Review • July 13, 2016 • 3,500 Words
Mass Deaths and Morning Newspapers
The Unz Review • August 1, 2016 • 1,700 Words
Did the US Plan a Nuclear First Strike Against Russia in the Early 1960s?
The Unz Review • August 15, 2016 • 2,500 Words
Was General Patton Assassinated?
The Unz Review • August 22, 2016 • 2,400 Words
Alexander Cockburn and the British Spies
The Unz Review • August 29, 2016 • 2,700 Words
How the CIA Invented “Conspiracy Theories”
The Unz Review • September 5, 2016 • 2,600 Words
The KKK and Mass Racial Killings
The Unz Review • September 19, 2016 • 3,200 Words
The Destruction of TWA Flight 800
The Unz Review • September 26, 2016 • 2,800 Words
Breaching the Media Barrier
The Unz Review • October 24, 2016 • 2,500 Words
The Remarkable Historiography of David Irving
The Unz Review • June 4, 2018 • 1,700 Words
When Stalin Almost Conquered Europe
The Unz Review • June 4, 2018 • 4,200 Words
Our Great Purge of the 1940s
The Unz Review • June 11, 2018 • 5,500 Words
The JFK Assassination, Part I – What Happened?
The Unz Review • June 18, 2018 • 4,800 Words
The JFK Assassination, Part II – Who Did It?
The Unz Review • June 25, 2018 • 8,000 Words
Our Deadly World of Post-War Politics
The Unz Review • July 2, 2018 • 5,700 Words
Post-War France and Post-War Germany
The Unz Review • July 9, 2018 • 6,600 Words
Oddities of the Jewish Religion
The Unz Review • July 16, 2018 • 7,800 Words
The Bolshevik Revolution and Its Aftermath
The Unz Review • July 23, 2018 • 6,900 Words
The Nature of Anti-Semitism
The Unz Review • July 30, 2018 • 5,500 Words
Jews and Nazis
The Unz Review • August 6, 2018 • 6,800 Words
Holocaust Denial
The Unz Review • August 27, 2018 • 17,600 Words
9/11 Conspiracy Theories
The Unz Review • September 10, 2018 • 11,000 Words
The ADL in American Society
The Unz Review • October 15, 2018 • 7,300 Words
Racial Discrimination at Harvard
The Unz Review • October 22, 2018 • 10,300 Words
Amazon Book Censorship
The Unz Review • March 11, 2019 • 7,600 Words
How Hitler Saved the Allies
The Unz Review • May 13, 2019 • 8,300 Words
Secrets of Military Intelligence
The Unz Review • June 10, 2019 • 12,500 Words
The Power of Organized Crime
The Unz Review • July 15, 2019 • 13,000 Words
John McCain, Jeffrey Epstein, and Pizzagate
The Unz Review • July 29, 2019 • 6,400 Words
Understanding World War II
The Unz Review • September 23, 2019 • 20,500 Words
Mossad Assassinations
The Unz Review • January 27, 2020 • 27,300 Words
Our Coronavirus Catastrophe as Biowarfare Blowback?
The Unz Review • April 21, 2020 • 7,400 Words
White Racialism in America, Then and Now
The Unz Review • October 5, 2020 • 24,900 Words
Our Disputed Election
The Unz Review • January 14, 2021 • 2,000 Words

 
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  1. Tom Verso says:

    Thank you.

    I’m an e-book junky because I’m a neurotic compulsive highlighter of text and margin notes writer. And I would have ‘post-it’ tabs sticking out as page marks.

    Back in the day I had a ballpoint pen with four colors, a sharp pencil and ‘post-it’ paper next to my reading chair. Now I can highlight, make notes, mark pages and search key words on my i-pad. And read on a treadmill machine at the gym.

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  2. Anon[390] • Disclaimer says:
    @Tom Verso

    And I thought I was the only one… (only, in the last years I have used a set of colour pencils in place of the multi-color pen).

    Still, the substantial, top-level texts have to be read in book form, not e-book.

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  3. Congratulations, Ron! If I were still employed by a university I would make this assigned reading. Maybe that’s why I’m not still employed by a university ; – )

    It wouldn’t take that many disgruntled students to start a ruckus by creating free speech campus organizations (Unz Clubs?) and sponsoring public discussions of your most controversial articles. I’m sure the ADL would be happy to provide millions of dollars worth of free publicity.

    • Thanks: Ron Unz
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  4. Tom Verso says:
    @Anon

    Still, the substantial, top-level texts have to be read in book form, not e-book.

    Yes!
    My most substantial read, which I have been reading for decades, is Toynbee’s 12 vol. “A Study of History”. I can’t imagine that opus as an e-book and even if it were, the complexity of his inter and intra volume cross referencing would be impossible at least in the current e-book technology.

  5. Anonymous[282] • Disclaimer says:

    This is so awesome. I downloaded both to my Kindle account. The formatting is superb. The cover doesn’t show up in my Kindle Paperwhite bookshelf view but it does in the Kindle app on my iPad.

    What are the total number of pages in each book?

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  6. Thank you, Ron. American Pravda series: Penetrating analyses. Seminal insights. Crucial public service. Bravo!

    • Agree: TKK
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  7. SND says:

    I’m so old & old fashioned that I would buy a paperback edition of American Pravda in an instant. Hope there might still be some chance of this. Congrats, Ron.

    • Replies: @sebybe
  8. aandrews says:

    Thanks for making these two essay collections available as ebooks, Ron. I’ve been printing selected American Pravda essays to PDF for years and now have them *all* together in one place. Fantastic! Makes them convenient for sharing with others. Thanks again.

  9. Thank you, Mr. Unz. I have been worried that they will sooner or later deplatform you. I’m glad that I and many others will be archiving it as well as reading it.

  10. gay troll says:

    Are you trying to tell us that the Jews are finally going to shut down your website?

  11. Usura says:

    Thank you Ron. If they ever take down your site, I pledge to put these on sundry flash drives and carelessly lose them on a regular basis inside public libraries.

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  12. Well done Ron and many thanks.
    I’m sure you know you are on the “to be disappeared” list, hopefully just digitally.
    James Corbett has looked at the online burning of today’s Library of Alexandria and has a good few online digital back-up solution suggestions but physical digital and print are vital too.
    You might talk to Greg Johnson at Counter Currents about physical copies,
    I for one would but them.
    Bill Jones

  13. Ron Unz says:
    @Anonymous

    This is so awesome. I downloaded both to my Kindle account. The formatting is superb. The cover doesn’t show up in my Kindle Paperwhite bookshelf view but it does in the Kindle app on my iPad.

    What are the total number of pages in each book?

    I’ll admit I’ve almost never used Kindles or other eBooks myself, being old-fashioned and preferring to do all my reading in hard copy. But when I tested the ePub versions on my Apple tablet and iPhone, they really did look very nice, and it’s handy to now have them at my fingertips.

    Taken together, the two volumes run well over 600,000 words, and counting time for reading, research, and writing, I think I probably spent 15,000 or even 20,000 hours producing the contents. In less than 24 hours, they’ve already been downloaded about 1,000 times, so it’s nice that the material is actually getting into circulation.

    Each book is a little over 2,000 “e-pages,” whatever that means. Based upon my previous hardcover, I think each would run around 800 pages in printed form.

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  14. Wade says:

    This was a great idea! I’ve enjoyed reading your American Pravda series and never tire of discussing it with friends and family when the occasion arises.

    Now, when can we get the whole thing in leather-bound hard copy? 😉 I would buy!

  15. Anonymous[105] • Disclaimer says:

    Thank you, Mr. Unz. I enjoyed reading your fascinating articles on here, and agree it’s nice to have them on nice, platform-independent ebook files.

    Hopefully your readers will endeavor to recommend these series to anyone they can!

  16. Anonymous[105] • Disclaimer says:
    @Usura

    An idea might be to print out fliers or leaflets. One can use QR codes to link to the site itself or the ebook files.

  17. Rahan says:

    Excellent!
    Off into the ole Kindle it goes. Thanks!

  18. Very useful to have the series in this format!

    Will take the opportunity to shill the best e-book manage software, Calibre – it’s also completely free and open source. It also has tons of plugins, including some for stripping off DRM from Kindle and other store-bought e-books.

  19. JackOH says:
    @Kevin Barrett

    Kevin, you’re thinking along the same lines, more or less, that I’ve been thinking. Outreach, popularization, activism, or call it what you will.

    Much of what we talk about here is, in my opinion, pretty much mainstream bread ‘n’ butter politics that, again in my opinion, have been squelched by the odiousness, criminality, and ineptness of the laws and policies we’ve been compelled to live under for many decades.

    Ron has done a great service to America with his writings, and they deserve greater public light. His skepticism and scholarly background and moral courage ought to be bottled and passed out free in school cafeterias as a remedy for zombification. (LOL)

  20. Bolteric says:

    Thanks.

    I have the hard copy and downloaded a few of my favorites to my computer, but it would be good to have a dedicated storage reader.

    My grandpa was a big reader of the Commentary articles in the late 90s and early 00s. He probably absorbed your mid-period writings. Hopefully, I can pass some of yours on to my grandkids – hopefully.

    Can Amazon erase kindled books or am I mistaken?

  21. Anon[394] • Disclaimer says:

    Having read all Ron’s articles here at Unz.com, I’d say The Secrets of Military Intelligence, Understanding WW2, Our Great Purge of 1940’s, and The Bolshevik Revolution and its Aftermath are the ones that are the most important to read.

    Believe it or not, I think the one Ron wrote about Wedell Wilkie getting the GOP primary nod in 1940 might be the most telling concerning just how we are not prepared to believe how precarious any nation is from subversion at any time.

  22. Thank you Ron Unz. Very genuine appreciation for what you do.

  23. This is cool. Thanks.

    BTW it is words like these that indicate a good soul:

    These eBook versions are convenient for reading without use of the Internet, sometimes an important issue in these troubled times, and feel free to redistribute the copies to whomever might find the information of interest. If you consider the material valuable, then donate whatever you consider fair via PayPal or other systems.

    Be happy, sir, to be who you are. You should be. If you ever get discouraged, which is normal, just look out here at the positive responses you are getting.

  24. JLGS says: • Website

    Lastima que no se publique también en español.
    En todo caso felicitar a Ron Unz por la publicación de tan magnifico trabajo.

    Saludos

    • Replies: @Anon
  25. Emslander says:
    @Ron Unz

    Electronic books and book readers are the second most important innovation since automobiles. The most important is the capacity to search all digitized textual matter on an unbiased search program. Let’s hope they aren’t both soon sacrificed to the LGBTQI and snowflake gods.

  26. sebybe says:
    @SND

    Yes, please release American Pravda in normal book format. it would be the only way we could buy it for those we believe need to read it, and have them actually read it.

  27. JackOH says:

    Ron, I ought to add that it’s something of a tribute to your political acumen that a lot of commenters here are bright, accomplished folks who nonetheless have been rubbed the wrong way by an America gone wobbly. Their insights and testimonies from personal and professional experience, sometimes in strong detail, are gems in their own right.

  28. FoSquare says:

    Thank you, Ron. I’ve downloaded both eBooks to Kindle successfully using the Mobi format, and the ePub Meritocracy to Google Play Books. However, I have been unable to download American Pravda to Google Play Books successfully using the ePub format. It shows up in the Play Books library but won’t complete the download. I get a message saying the file may be corrupted or is incompatible with Play Books. I’ve tried numerous times and it always fails. I had no trouble with the ePub Meritocracy download into Play Books using the same procedures. Works great.

    This is no big issue for me since I mostly use Kindle. I just thought you might want to know. If it’s any help, I’ve been doing all this on an Android phone.

    Thanks again.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
    , @Ron Unz
    , @Ron Unz
  29. Anonymous[367] • Disclaimer says:

    This is awesome. This is beyond-words awesome!

    You know what would really get this American Pravda series (and TMOAM) to take off, especially among the younger crowd (20-something’s)? Audio format. Look how E. Michael Jones took off, especially among Zoomers and Millennials, once his stuff (podcasts/interviews) was posted on YouTube. It became viral and is now replicated all over YouTube even after EMJ was banned. Ron’s American Pravda series is orders of magnitude more powerful, encompassing, and penetrating than EMJ’s limited, singularly-focused stuff.

    Ron’s work totally rips away the curtain of the official history and narrative and once his work gets out there will cause a “rip in the personal space-time continuum” among the younger generation.

    Ron, who has a very pleasant and resonant voice, could do the reading. It could then be shared on YouTube, Reddit, et al. Soon Ron’s work will start surreptitiously supplanting the official narrative among the younger generation.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  30. Miro23 says:

    Well, that’s an EBook reader ordered. Kobo Clara HD gets good reviews and it’s not Amazon.

  31. Jiminy says:

    You have certainly been a busy man. Even though a resident of Australia, I must admit that I have seen the light, having been converted. I am now an unapologetic Unzie.
    Being available in electronic form obviously safeguards the future, once the book burnings begin.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  32. Anonymous[227] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jiminy

    Being available in electronic form obviously safeguards the future, once the book burnings begin.

    Fahrenheit 2577*

    *The melting point of silicon

    • Replies: @Jiminy
  33. Rurik says:

    Taken together this collection seeks to provide a historical counter-narrative of our last one hundred years.

    an astonishing and momentous accomplishment

    I’d be curious to know if Mr. Unz considers any event in particular of the last hundred years as being uniquely seminal in bringing us to our current condition, and which might give us clues to navigating our way forward..

    The intrigues on Jekyll island?

    WWII?

    Or was it all just a witches brew of so many events and personalities that providence has brought us to this juncture?

    Certainly, the advent of the Internet has altered our fate in ways difficult to quantify.

    So too, this might be said of our host’s efforts to preserve the collective expression of the human mind and historical record*. While so many are so keen for another Dark Age.

    I hope Mr. Unz’s vision prevails over theirs.

    *there was a time when simply the use of the word ‘history’ was intended to suffice to describe the record of what has transpired over the eras and decades past. But as The American Pravda series makes abundantly clear; “history” (as it’s taught and disseminated) is little more than the collected dissembling of agenda-driven ‘court historians’, and assorted academic scoundrels – (“respectable” ‘historians’ and ‘journalists’, and other paid liars).

  34. Ron Unz says:
    @FoSquare

    However, I have been unable to download American Pravda to Google Play Books successfully using the ePub format. It shows up in the Play Books library but won’t complete the download.

    Thanks for the information. When I clicked the ePub links on my iPad and iPhone, it automatically downloaded the books into the standard iBooks app, and they seemed to work fine. I don’t use Google Play Books, but I’ll look into it and try to resolve the problem.

  35. Ron Unz says:
    @Anonymous

    You know what would really get this American Pravda series (and TMOAM) to take off, especially among the younger crowd (20-something’s)? Audio format…Ron, who has a very pleasant and resonant voice, could do the reading. It could then be shared on YouTube, Reddit, et al.

    Thanks for the excellent suggestion, which I’ll certainly consider doing.

    • Agree: JackOH
    • Replies: @JohnnyWalker123
    , @Wade
  36. Yngvar says:

    Some enterprising reporter should travel to Vietnam and do some research on the POW story. They’ve opened up a bit so someone there might now someone who knows something that could help shed some light on what happened.

    My epub books changes page numbering based on window size. Inconvenient and annoying, but may be just my reader.

  37. Ron Unz says:
    @FoSquare

    However, I have been unable to download American Pravda to Google Play Books successfully using the ePub format. It shows up in the Play Books library but won’t complete the download.

    I had someone test it for me on a Google device, and it seems to work with some but have problems with others. Apparently, one work around is to upload the ebook to the Google Play Book website, but I’m wondering if anyone else is having problems with particular combinations of devices and ebook files.

  38. Excellent idea!

    Is there any chance that the books archived on UR in HTML format could likewise be converted into Kindle files, comparable to those of Project Gutenberg? (If not the entire collection, then perhaps just some of the more notable/popular ones, e.g. those of Kevin MacDonald, Jared Taylor, Peter Brimelow, and David Irving.)

  39. Wade says:
    @Ron Unz

    Ron,

    You really should. I’ve thought of it many times. I never would’ve asked because I figured you wouldn’t have the time. You could always hire a voice-over artist. Might be a bit pricy with the huge word count, however.

    • Replies: @Badger Down
    , @Ron Unz
  40. Jiminy says:
    @Anonymous

    Actually, I suppose the deplatforming of so many outspoken websites is a modern equivalent of book burning, similar to Fahrenheit 451.

  41. Love it. While I don’t always agree with you, I love reading your works. The American Pravda series is very important and insightful. Thanks for making these both available in epub.

  42. @Wade

    If you want audio cheaply: text to synth-voice, like on some U-tube videos. It should be possible now to synthesize a voice so beautiful that people fall in love with it at first listen.

  43. Ron Unz says:
    @Wade

    You really should. I’ve thought of it many times. I never would’ve asked because I figured you wouldn’t have the time. You could always hire a voice-over artist.

    Actually, I think the biggest problem with hiring a voice-over artist would be the very specialized, complex, and “controversial” contents of so many of my long articles. I’d probably have to do so much training, supervising, and review, as in many other cases, it would probably take less time to just do it myself.

    Anyway, I sat down and refamiliarized myself with the audio software package I’d once used a few years ago, and tested the process by producing audio versions of a couple of my earliest and shortest American Pravda articles.

    During my various political campaigns twenty years ago, I used to sometimes cut 60 sec radio spots, requiring numerous takes at a professional studio, and while the quality of these audio pieces isn’t remotely as good, I’m inclined to think it’s “good enough.” Here they are:

    American Pravda: Mass Deaths and Morning Newspapers • 1,700 Words
    https://www.unz.com/runz/american-pravda-mass-deaths-and-morning-newspapers/

    American Pravda: the Destruction of TWA Flight 800 • 2,800 Words
    https://www.unz.com/runz/american-pravda-the-destruction-of-twa-flight-800/

    Anyway, I’d appreciate some reasonable feedback on these to see whether the audio project is worthwhile before I go to the trouble of spending too much time on it.

  44. @Ron Unz

    You sound crisp and clear. Well paced and even toned. Sounds good to me.

    Thanks.

    • Agree: Trelane
  45. JackOH says:
    @Ron Unz

    Sounds good and sincere.

    For a possible source of voice talent or content distribution, radio reading services for the blind may be worth looking at. My local radio reading service has a stable of unpaid volunteers reading newspapers for the blind, plus the energetic blind director of the local station is pretty willing to consider political content.

  46. @Ron Unz

    Gripping analyses, Ron. Thanks.

    I started out thinking your voice would be too bland or monotonic, but I soon forgot that as I got into what you were saying. Even remembering almost all the details about Vioxx, melamine and TWA800, excepting perhaps the Salinger aspect. That parasite analogy shook me up, in a good way.

    It all shows how easily we are controlled, though I do sense that a major segment of the American population has been beginning to see through the overwhelming psychological manipulation these past four years of the Trump era.

    The media strategy appears to be to make singular mentions of the truth, in a derogatory manner. People tend to forget those things they have only heard once. But if someone else brings it up, they will associate it with the derogation and simply dismiss it as too distressing to think about.

  47. Ron Unz says:
    @FoSquare

    However, I have been unable to download American Pravda to Google Play Books successfully using the ePub format. It shows up in the Play Books library but won’t complete the download.

    I had someone test it on an Android tablet and he encountered the same problem. However, producing the epub with a slightly different approach seems to have fixed the issue.

    If you can, try downloading the new American Pravda epub and let me know if it now works.

    And anyone else experiencing any sorts of device compatibility problems should let me know as well.

    • Replies: @FoSquare
  48. FoSquare says:
    @Ron Unz

    Voilà! It worked. Thanks a bunch, Ron the Magician. Very kind of you.

  49. Usura says:

    Vocal cadence and pronunciation are excellent, but you need a slightly better microphone, audio interface, quality XLR cable, and mic stand with boom. There’s some background static, and the frequency response of the mic you’re using sounds very narrow; and sometimes we can hear you click your mouse, or shuffle your body etc. A proper condenser mic designed for radio or singing would greatly enhance the body of the sound, suppress background noise, soften some of your s’s and other plosives, and give a more professional result overall. A simple set-up would probably put you back about $250-$500.

    Still listening; cadence within sentences is excellent, but some expanded pauses between long sentences and paragraphs would give the reader more time to reflect and digest your narrative, and establish some hierarchy between points.

    But frankly I would listen to all of these if you made them, even if recorded on a 90’s video-game headset.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  50. Anon[223] • Disclaimer says:

    Ron,
    Congratulations on the success. I may not agree with everything on your collection, but they are always thought-provoking, and exemplify how many “holes” there are in our world on various narratives, “holes” that may exist for natural or unnatural reasons.

    Your meritocracy article clearly my favorite of all of them, since it simply has brought forth ideas that I was stunned to read about. For instance, I never assumed the discrimination against Asian Americans were so vast despite their relative high academic ability. I knew it was there, but not to this extent.

    I had one question about your fascinating piece.
    Your data on California’s lack of affirmative action is very interesting, but something that I noted that is very fascinating is that Blacks make up 4.5% of the California youth and Hispanics make up 41% of the CA youth, yet at Caltech Blacks make up 1%(4% undergrad) of the student body and Hispanics make up 7%, which implies Blacks are more represented.
    At Berkeley, Blacks are 3% of the population, despite being 4.5% of the youth, and Hispanics are 10%, while being 40% of the state’s youth. That implies that Blacks are over representative. I am assuming that most Caltech and Berkeley admissions are though CA students primarily, for awareness and benefits reasons. I tried finding data, and found some claims on Reddit at the Caltech forms that 90% of the applicants were in-state, though of course taken with a grain of salt.

    Are Blacks higher ability than Hispanics, or are those admissions systems much more selective for “diversity” than it seems? It’s bizzare, but the US census has Blacks at a higher per capita income than Hispanics, though I always thought that was due to some gov benefit.

  51. gregor says:

    Thanks, Ron. I’ve downloaded the ePub to my iPad and it works great. Very convenient navigation and good for highlighting. It will be good for people who want to catch up on the back catalog.

  52. Ron Unz says:
    @Usura

    Vocal cadence and pronunciation are excellent, but you need a slightly better microphone, audio interface, quality XLR cable, and mic stand with boom. There’s some background static, and the frequency response of the mic you’re using sounds very narrow; and sometimes we can hear you click your mouse, or shuffle your body etc. A proper condenser mic designed for radio or singing would greatly enhance the body of the sound, suppress background noise, soften some of your s’s and other plosives, and give a more professional result overall. A simple set-up would probably put you back about $250-$500…

    Thanks for the very useful input.

    Frankly, I’m just using a simple ATR-USB mic I bought about five years ago and had almost never used. If you have any particular suggestions about more appropriate equipment, please pass it along, though I’d want it to be a very simple set-up that works with an older version of Audacity.

    But as I’ve explained upthread, for obvious reasons I need to do the audio work myself, which necessarily means that the quality will be somewhat sub-professional, perhaps reducing the relative importance of the equipment factors you mention.

    When I cutting radio spots in my campaigns twenty years ago, I might sometimes do dozens of takes at a professional studio. But since I’ll need to produce 30-40 hours of audio, I’m just aiming for “good enough” especially since the content is the key element and I don’t really have any idea how much of an audience they’ll actually attract.

    • Replies: @Usura
  53. Usura says:
    @Ron Unz

    If you want to stick with the simple USB mic set-up, what you have is probably about the peak of quality for that equipment type, and spending more on a new USB mic probably won’t make a big difference. The appreciable difference will be made with a condenser mic plugged via XLR cable to an external audio interface, connected to your computer via USB or Thunderbolt, which can take up to an hour of set-up and dialing in, but which can be left plugged in once set-up. As you’re a professional software engineer, I’m sure you can handle it.

    Microphone: Rode NT-1 or NT-1A (slightly brighter), I think they sell them in bundles with a pop filter.

    Audio interface: if Mac, Focusrite Scarlett solo, if PC, Steinberger UR22. Both of these work with Audacity; I’m not sure how old a version you’re using but it shouldn’t matter.

    Cable: Mogami XLRM – XLRF 12 ft

    Mic Stand: anything

    Will come to a little over $500-$600 for everything there. There are many options, some cheaper, some more expensive, and many online guides and youtube videos for different price-ranges, but I thought I’d include specific recommendations in case you didn’t want to think about it. The interface can be bought used with probably no consequence, but the mic and cable should be bought new. The cable is important for noise suppression and is often the Achilles heel.

    I understand your point about just aiming for “good-enough”, but from my perspective, listening to Unz audiobooks recorded on the above equipment would be luxurious, and if I were about to produce forty hours of audio of highly researched articles for a website which receives thousands of page views a month, I would make the investment, but that’s simply my opinion. If the men in black are coming for you and you need to get these things recorded now, then of course, record with what you have, and screw the audiophiles.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  54. Ron Unz says:
    @Usura

    Thanks for all the helpful hardware suggestions, but I think I’ll probably stick with my own low-end setup. Here’s my reasoning:

    (1) Unfortunately, given that the material is so extremely complex, specialized, and controversial, I’ll have to do the audio work myself since recruiting and “supervising” a professional reader would probably take much more time and produce a much worse product.

    (2) I think the quality of a product is dominated by its weakest link. In this case, it’s the sub-optimal quality of my voice, my reading speed, my occasional reading-glitches and that sort of thing. In lots of the articles, the text itself presents very serious difficulties, as does the extreme length. I’m obviously doing my best to minimize these problems, but I have to be realistic. Compared to these flaws, I don’t see the mic+hardware quality as being that big an issue.

    (3) I think for my target audience the content is far more important than the presentation. I’m not producing a polished video, just a simple audio version of my long articles. So “good enough” is probably satisfactory.

    (4) It’s not at all clear to me how large an audience these audio versions will get. But since I’m only putting in a tiny sliver of the time I originally spent producing the original articles, it’s probably cost-effective. But if the audience turns out to be far larger than I expect and there’s some strong reason to improve the quality, I could always eventually do a second run.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
  55. Anon[369] • Disclaimer says:
    @Ron Unz

    I’ve been listening to audiobooks for decades and have been an Audible member for years and have listened to hundreds of audiobooks, lectures (Great Courses), et al.

    Let me say that these audio samples from Ron are stellar in terms of clarity and Ron’s reading. Ron has a great voice. It is clear and resonant and Ron enunciates flawlessly. Most importantly, Ron is the perfect choice for reader because he is the writer and knows the material well, something which adds so much to a reading.

    I have one small suggestion for Ron. In reading his own work it would add a lot to his reading if he add a conversational touch where possible (personal anecdotes). Like he’s on a podcast talking with host (e.g., his discussion with Steven Hsu). And while these personal anecdotes will be a small part of the overall reading, occasional slight variations in pace, pitch, and emphasis add a lot and make long listens less tedious. But as always, less is more.

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  56. Ron Unz says:
    @Anon

    Thanks for the very kind and encouraging words.

    I’ve actually always been a print person myself, and I don’t think I’ve ever listened to a single audio book in my entire life, which is why I’d probably never previously thought of producing those formats. But there may be a substantial audience out there, so I definitely think it’s worthwhile.

    As for adding conversational elements, I think there’s a practical problem. The quantity of material is enormous, with my American Pravda articles alone running something like 300,000 words or perhaps about 40 total hours of listening time. Given the complex sentences and words, my tongue regularly slips, requiring do-overs, which multiplies the production-time. And if I decided to try to go “off-script” and improvise conversational elements or other flourishes, things might take much, much longer. Similarly, I try to handle my intonation the best I can, but after dozens of hours, it sometimes becomes difficult.

    The whole scripted process is entirely different from having a discussion with someone on a podcast or that sort of thing.

    • Replies: @Anon
  57. Anon[369] • Disclaimer says:
    @Ron Unz

    No, no, no. I’m not saying go off script. Just when it comes to personal anecdotes (first person) adjust to a slightly more conversational, relatable tone expressing your surprise, astonishment, etc., about what your about to delineate.

    For instance, some parts from American Pravda where you might read add a little expression or change in tone. But again, less is more.

    Then perhaps fourteen or fifteen years ago, I encountered a rip in my personal space-time continuum, among the first of many to come.

    In this particular instance, an especially rightwing friend of evolutionary theorist Gregory Cochran had been spending long days browsing the pages of Stormfront, a leading Internet forum for the Far Right, and having come across a remarkable factual claim, asked me for my opinion. Allegedly Jacob Schiff, America’s leading Jewish banker, had been the crucial financial supporter of the Bolshevik Revolution, providing the Communist revolutionaries with $20 million in funding.

    My first reaction was that such a notion was utterly ridiculous since a fact so enormously explosive could not have been ignored by the many dozens of books I had read on the origins of that revolution. But the source seemed extremely precise. The Knickerbocker columnist in the February 3, 1949 edition of The New York Journal-American, then one of the leading local newspapers, wrote that Today it is estimated by Jacob’s grandson, John Schiff, that the old man sank about 20,000,000 dollars for the final triumph of Bolshevism in Russia…”

    I probably shouldn’t have even mentioned this small point at all because you would’ve naturally done this in the reading anyway. I just wanted to provide a little tip as a major consumer of audiobooks and podcasts.

  58. Anonymous[202] • Disclaimer says:
    @Ron Unz

    (3) I think for my target audience the content is far more important than the presentation. I’m not producing a polished video, just a simple audio version of my long articles. So “good enough” is probably satisfactory.

    (4) It’s not at all clear to me how large an audience these audio versions will get. But since I’m only putting in a tiny sliver of the time I originally spent producing the original articles, it’s probably cost-effective. But if the audience turns out to be far larger than I expect and there’s some strong reason to improve the quality, I could always eventually do a second run.

    I agree with the other comments that Ron has a clear and crisp voice which is well-paced for an audiobook. The audio quality of those samples is excellent.

    It’s the content that will get the audio viral. If posted on YouTube it’ll reach a totally new and much larger audience (especially when it goes viral and is copied by other YouTubers around the world). The audiobook version (and the .ePub and .mobi ebooks) should be uploaded to Library Genesis and Internet Archive as well.

    I would NOT recommend recording the whole book(s) and then posting. Reading the book cover-to-cover is stupid and would be a Herculean task for a first-time audiobook reader. I would suggest recording only one edition of American Pravda at a time. One that would most likely get the most attention and post that. With the length of the American Pravda pieces each of these will be equivalent to a short book anyway. I would suggest first recording the JFK Assassination Part 1 and Part 2 and posting it on YouTube with a somewhat sensational title to act as a hook. I imagine a lot of 20-somethings will discover it serendipitously, listen to it online or even mp3 it, and get hooked. Then other American Pravda audio editions can be posted which will attract attention and so and so on. After getting done with all the other American Pravda pieces they can be put together as a whole .zip download or posted on YouTube.

    I would also progress the same way with The Myth of American Meritocracy but since these essays are shorter I would bundle them into one audio to post on YouTube. I would bundle one that would be of interest to Asians, including the essays on education, Harvard, Meritocracy, Asian quotas, elite schools abolishing tuition, and maybe a recent article on China (e.g., “Averting World Conflict with China”).

    Up till now the small demographic group who goes on UR and clicks on a long America Pravda article about Stalin or a Post-War Europe or the Bolshevik Revolution is probably going to be some middle-aged guy who has probably already read a lot on the subject and has his weltanschauung made up.

    Younger people have short attention spans, don’t read much (or can’t read much due to social media*), but they do listen to audio (audiobooks, lectures, and especially podcasts). This is the way to get this important out and make it viral. They will start sharing it and will do the job or disseminating it (and will then search out and get the digital versions as well).

    You can find a lot of current non-fiction audiobooks posted on YouTube channels, e.g., Cal Newport, Richard Dawkins, Antony Beevor, etc. Just search ‘non-fiction audiobooks’ or the specific subject your interested in along with the search term ‘audiobooks’ and you see lots of audiobooks you can listen to or mp3.

    *Even a voracious reader like Steve Sailer discovered this after a while on social media:

    .

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
    , @JohnnyWalker123
  59. Ron Unz says:
    @Anonymous

    Thanks for the excellent suggestions. Distributing audiobook content really is an entirely new world for me, and welcome the ideas of those more familiar with it.

    And what you say about Twitter and other Social Media ruining people for reading actual books sounds sad but true. Fortunately, I’ve never used those things myself so I still like reading books just fine.

    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
  60. Anonymous[257] • Disclaimer says:

    I would suggest first recording the JFK Assassination Part 1 and Part 2

    Part 3 of this “America Pravda” series should be the murder of prominent New York City journalist and “What’s My Line?” game show panelist, Dorothy Kilgallen, who was ready to break the JFK assassination wide open and told close friends she was ready to publish her information right before she was found dead in the same manner as Marilyn Monroe.


    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-R_OnoXeeO2s/TzU4tgyq-GI/AAAAAAAAAHY/7YoUyyBwxaY/s1600/Whats+my+line.j

    pg

    • Replies: @Ron Unz
  61. @Anonymous

    Most young people (under age 40) won’t look at anything longer than a meme, gif, or perhaps a Tweet. If you meet a young person who has an above-average attention span, you still have to keep it no longer than a Tweet thread or a 5-minute Youtube video.

    Hardly any young people read long articles. Reading an entire book is just not done anymore. A long podcast might absorb interest for a few minutes, but you have to get to the point REALLY quickly.

    No, I’m not exaggerating. The situation really is THAT bad.

  62. @Ron Unz

    A touch of (premature) AMD has increased my appreciation of the aural and/but what my school principal called my “fissiparous tendencies” has inspired the thought that even the Unz Review’s target audience might be in danger of running off the road from the shock of some of your heterodox revelations. Of course those you relished shocking by insisting that the Myth/Meritocracy be read to the end you might happily see in a pile up. (I listened two nights ago, as I now rarely do, to my old lefty autodidact friend Phillip Adams on his 30+ year old ABC program Late Night Live and his mention of having AMD made me wonder about his driving nightly back to his Hunter Valley sheep and cattle property listening to audiobooks). 😎

  63. anastasia says:

    Brilliant and generous-hearted.

  64. chuckywiz says:

    Great to see condensed information. I dont have to sit in front of a screen for long hours just to search the topic. Thanks so much.

    I came across with this online book, published in 50s. A couple of points are added to my little knowledge.

    https://truthinmediablog.files.wordpress.com/2017/08/iron-curtain.pdf

    1. Wall Street behind the big revolution or 1917. How they managed it.
    2. The beginning of Khazari Jews and their spat with Arians in Central Asia.
    3. General Eisenhower speech in Dallas TX, in 1951 where he mentioned when he asked he soldiers during the war what that were fighting for? 90% did not know.
    Now ask anyone of WWII. They know the answer. Thanks to Hollywood, Holocaust museums (46 in US and counting. I am sure there is going to be one on South Pole)
    44. No citizenship requirements for Eastern European Jews to get jobs in State Department (in 1930s under FDR)

  65. Jimbee2 says:

    Just when I think Ron Unz couldn’t be a better citizen of the world, he does something like this. Many thanks to him for his ongoing contributions to our civilization…

  66. Ron Unz says:
    @Anonymous

    Part 3 of this “America Pravda” series should be the murder of prominent New York City journalist and “What’s My Line?” game show panelist, Dorothy Kilgallen, who was ready to break the JFK assassination wide open and told close friends she was ready to publish her information right before she was found dead in the same manner as Marilyn Monroe.

    Thanks, but I’d already given her a paragraph during my JFK, Part I:

    Conspirators daring enough to strike at the president of the United States would hardly balk at using lethal means to protect themselves from the consequences of their action, and over the years a considerable number of individuals associated with the case in one way or another came to untimely ends….Dorothy Kilgallen was a nationally-syndicated newspaper columnist and television personality, and she managed to wrangle an exclusive interview with Jack Ruby, later boasting to her friends that she would break the JFK assassination case wide open in her new book, producing the biggest scoop of her career. Instead, she was found dead in her Upper East Side townhouse, having apparently succumbed to an overdose of alcohol and sleeping pills, with both the draft text and the notes to her Jack Ruby chapter missing.

    https://www.unz.com/runz/american-pravda-the-jfk-assassination-part-i-what-happened/

    Since Kilgallen’s long forgotten, so although I do think it’s pretty likely she was murdered, I’m not sure she warrants a full article.

  67. hotrod31 says:

    Ron: You’re worth more money …

  68. Anon[263] • Disclaimer says:
    @JLGS

    Últimamente me han mandado artículos de Unz. Si envías, por ejemplo, artículos del website de Giraldi, dan con Unz.com. Igual sucede con Atzmon y sus artículos anti-vacuna. Trata ElToroTv en general, y un programa llamado “La inmensa minoría” en particular. Excelente contenido y cuidan no ser “anti-semitas”. Es una ventaja no estar limitado al mundo angloparlante.

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