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Just the Best Literature inspires you to not only read printed books, but to read only the best books. Besides books, host Dennis Leap will lead discussions on other current literature such as essays and important articles.

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Just the Best Literature inspires you to not only read printed books, but to read only the best books. Besides books, host Dennis Leap will lead discussions on other current literature such as essays and important articles.

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Best of its kind

By mmccarty07 - May 11 2016
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For years I have had colleagues propose to start a book club or invite me to theirs. I have always declined because the literature they focus on is usually not of my tastes. JBL gets back to the basics and mines more jewels out of the classics few read anymore, let alone discuss.

iTunes Ratings

19 Ratings
Average Ratings
16
2
0
1
0

Best of its kind

By mmccarty07 - May 11 2016
Read more
For years I have had colleagues propose to start a book club or invite me to theirs. I have always declined because the literature they focus on is usually not of my tastes. JBL gets back to the basics and mines more jewels out of the classics few read anymore, let alone discuss.

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Just the Best Literature

Latest release on Jan 18, 2021

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The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

Updated by OwlTail 17 days ago

Rank #1: #161: Espionage at Carchemish

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Host Dennis Leap and guest Deborah Leap discuss T. E. Lawrence’s extra-archaeological activities—the construction of the exhibition house—and his gun-running and espionage adventures as preparation for the Arab revolt against the Turks.

Jun 03 2019

28mins

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Rank #2: #178: The Man Charles Krauthammer

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Host Dennis Leap with guest Deborah Leap discuss Charles Krauthammer’s education and accomplishments.

Nov 04 2019

26mins

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Rank #3: #180: Charles Krauthammer on Winston Churchill

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Host Dennis Leap with guest Jude Flurry discuss the structure of Charles Krauthammer’s essays using his essay “Winston Churchill: The Indispensable Man."

Nov 18 2019

28mins

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Rank #4: #165: The Greedy Sykes-Picot Agreement

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Host Dennis Leap and guest James Brandon discuss the disastrous Sykes-Picot Agreement concerning the establishment of an Arab nation.

Jul 01 2019

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Rank #5: #182: Charles Krauthammer on Dogs, Part 1

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Host Dennis Leap discusses Charles Krauthammer’s humorous essay "Of Dogs and Men.”

Dec 02 2019

25mins

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Rank #6: #164: Lawrence—Bottle-Washer, Office Boy Pencil-Sharpener and Pen-Wiper

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Host Dennis Leap and guest James Brandon discuss T. E. Lawrence’s expert skills working for the Cairo Intelligence office.

Jun 24 2019

27mins

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Rank #7: #146: Who Is This Extraordinary Pip-squeak?

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Host Dennis Leap discusses the historical background behind Chapter 1 of Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia, by Michael Korda.

Feb 18 2019

27mins

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Rank #8: #149: Hero Finds His Arabic Hero, Part 2

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Host Dennis Leap describes the development of the strong bond between Lawrence and Feisal, as recounted in Michael Korda’s book Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia.

Mar 11 2019

27mins

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Rank #9: #170: Facing the Challenges After Aqaba, Part 1

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Host Dennis Leap discusses the origin of the fomenting political unrest in today’s Middle East—the duplicity of human nature in everyone involved during World War I.

Sep 09 2019

26mins

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Rank #10: #155: Lawrence’s Family Life, Part 2

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Host Dennis Leap, along with guest Deborah Leap, discuss T. E. Lawrence’s life as a child and teenager, taken from Chapter 3, “The Family Romance,” of Michael Korda’s Hero: The Life and Legend of Lawrence of Arabia.

Apr 22 2019

27mins

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Rank #11: #192: Charles Krauthammer on ‘Body Worship’

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Host Dennis Leap with special guest Deborah Leap discuss Charles Krauthammer’s humorous and absorbing essay “Body Worship.” Written in 1997, this essay discusses the new religion of liberal politicians. It provides a clear picture helping us understand how the radical left has been changing its stripes.

Feb 10 2020

25mins

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Rank #12: #194: Charles Krauthammer Asks, ‘Are We Alone in the Universe?’ (Part 1)

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Host Dennis Leap discusses Charles Krauthammer’s superb essay “Are We Alone in the Universe?” Incredible technology has been developed to help man see into the vast universe. With the discovery that at least 25 billion planets could possibly support life, scientists are asking, “Is Earth the only planet in the universe that has life?”

Feb 24 2020

25mins

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Rank #13: #181: Charles Krauthammer on Teaching Creationism

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Host Dennis Leap and guest Jude Flurry continue discussing Krauthammer’s essay structure using his essay “The Real Message of Creationism.”

Nov 25 2019

27mins

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Rank #14: #172: The Balfour Declaration, Part 1

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Host Dennis Leap along with special guest Brent Nagtegaal discuss the truth about the Balfour Declaration and its historical importance for the establishment of today’s Middle East.

Sep 23 2019

26mins

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Rank #15: #151: Hero’s Cast of Supporting Characters, Part 2

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Host Dennis Leap discusses the politicians and military personnel associated with T.E. Lawrence as he fought in the Arabic war against the Turks.

Mar 25 2019

28mins

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Rank #16: #185: Charles Krauthammer on ‘The Church of Global Warming’

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Host Dennis Leap discusses Charles Krauthammer’s essay “The Church of Global Warming.” Written in 2008, this essay gives a common sense appraisal of the religious-like fervor of climate-change activists. Dennis also brings into the discussion Joel Hilliker’s January 2020 Philadelphia Trumpet article, “The Unseen Consequences of Climate Change.”

Dec 23 2019

26mins

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Rank #17: #187: Charles Krauthammer on ‘The Bush Derangement Syndrome’

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Host Dennis Leap and special guest James Brandon discuss Charles Krauthammer’s essay “The Bush Derangement Syndrome.” Written in 2003, this essay proves that history is repeating itself in the deranged climate overshadowing today’s partisan politics.

Jan 06 2020

28mins

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Rank #18: #160: Dig Challenges at Carchemish

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Host Dennis Leap and guest Deborah Leap discuss the Carchemish dig challenges, how T. E. Lawrence won the hearts of the Arabs, and his experience with the raucous Kurds.

May 27 2019

27mins

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Rank #19: #197: Charles Krauthammer Chortles, ‘The Appeal of the Ordeal,’ Part 1

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In his tongue-in-cheek essay “The Appeal of Ordeal," Mr. Krauthammer takes us deep into his thinking about the “human propensity to test the worthiness of a thing by seeing how well it stands up to abuse.” Host Dennis Leap focuses on Krauthammer’s reflection over people’s willingness to prove themselves by running a marathon.

Mar 16 2020

31mins

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Rank #20: #201: Just the Best Literature Celebrates 200 Programs

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In this hourlong special, host Dennis Leap celebrates completing over 200 podcasts with his favorite picks from four years of broadcasting.

Apr 13 2020

56mins

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