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Who are You?

Who are You? Identity: the Demand for Dignity and the Politics of Resentment, Francis Fukuyama, Profile Books, London, 2018, 218 pp., reviewed by Leslie Jones According to sociologist Francis Fukuyama, identity politics can sometimes be “a natural and inevitable response … Continue reading

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Getting to Know Benno Landsberger

Getting to Know Benno Landsberger Luděk Vacín, The Unknown Benno Landsberger: ‘A Biographical Sketch of an Assyriological Altmeister’s Development, Exile, and Personal Life’, (Harrassowitz Verlag, 2018), $45.00. Pp.132 Assyriologists in recent times have ruminated on their own discipline. Historical sketches of notable … Continue reading

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Good News for Ancient Anatolians

  Good News for Ancient Anatolians David A. DeSilva, The Letter to the Galatians, The New International Commentary on the New Testament, Eerdmans, 2018. Pp. I-LXXIX, 1-542. $55.00 Interesting historical relics turned up in the 19thcentury. In 1834, a Frenchman named … Continue reading

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Vietnam: An Epic Tragedy

Vietnam: An Epic Tragedy Max Hastings, Vietnam: An Epic Tragedy 1945-1975, William Collins, London, 2018,  xix-xxx + pp. 1-652, Illustrations, Maps, Glossary, Bibliography and Index, ISBN 978-0-00-813298-9, reviewed by Frank Ellis This thirty-year story of slaughter and misery begins with … Continue reading

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Cuneiform Inscriptions

Cuneiform Inscriptions Old Babylonian Texts in the Schoyen Collection: Part One: Selected Letters by A.R. George, Pp. 328: xiii, 192 (221 plates), CDL Press 2018, $99.95 Literary Notes by Darrell Sutton Two hundred years ago expeditions were the primary pathway to … Continue reading

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Rebarbarisation

Rebarbarisation Robert Gellately, The Oxford Illustrated History of the Third Reich, Oxford University Press, New York, 2018, pp. 383, reviewed by Gregory Slysz The number of books on the Third Reich or the Second World War could fill several libraries. So … Continue reading

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Behold, Fake History

Behold, Fake History Behold, America: A History of America First and the American Dream, Sarah Churchwell, Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018, £20, 356 pp., h.b., reviewed by Leslie Jones According to Sarah Churchwell, Professor of American Literature in the School of Advanced … Continue reading

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Dante’s Wake

Dante’s Wake Ian Thomson, Dante’s Divine Comedy; A Journey Without End, Head of Zeus, £18.99, 2018, reviewed by Stoddard Martin Age after age has found Dante speaking to and for them. Ours may be another: we shall see. At present it … Continue reading

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Afua-centrism

Afua-centrism  Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging, Afua Hirsch, Jonathan Cape, 2018, pp 318, reviewed by Bill Hartley What is it like to be the descendant of immigrants to Great Britain? Such a person may never have visited the home … Continue reading

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Eisner’s Choice – Reform or Revolution?

Eisner’s Choice – Reform or Revolution? Kurt Eisner, a Modern Life, Albert Earle Gurganus, Camden House, 2018, HB, 576 pp., reviewed by LESLIE JONES Kurt Eisner, a Modern Life, is a fitting title for this compelling biography of the campaigning journalist … Continue reading

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