Escaping Modern Torah Intellectual Quagmires
By "intellectual quagmires", I am especially referring to the severe limitations and internal contradictions present in many "Chareidi" Jewish philosophic viewpoints.
Much of Hareidi/Chassidic Torah philosophy from the last few hundred years can lead to either an intellectual dead-end or else an intellectual quagmire in one's Torah philosophy.
This seems to primarily result from the abandonment of much of the teachings of the great medieval Torah authorities, such as Rambam, Rabbeinu Bachya, Ran, Akeidat Yitzchak,etc.
The Ran (Rabbeinu Nissim) was a great medieval Torah sage whose derashos (lectures), along with the Torah philosophy of other medieval Torah sages, provides a strong intellectual framework for Torah Judaism that allows one to escape the quagmire of Hareidi/Chassidic Torah philosophy.
Artscroll has done a tremendous service to the Jewish world by translating the Ran's derashos and providing many annotations and explanations, with many citations from the greatest medieval Torah authorities.
(Note: I do not work for Artscroll nor do I receive any compensation for endorsing these books.)