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In the Year of Three Kings

In the Year of Three Kings  The King Who Had to Go, Adrian Phillips, Biteback Publishing, 2016, isbn 978-1-78590-347-2, reviewed by Monty Skew Recently revealed letters, hitherto kept secret, have dispelled any lasting illusions about Edward VIII’s short and inglorious … Continue reading

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Mulling it Over

Mulling it Over Review of Hinterland by Chris Mullin, Profile Books, 2017, ISBN 978 1 78125 606 0, reviewed by Monty Skew Some political memoirs are dull. Not so A View from the Foothills, a frank and self-deprecating diary (the first of … Continue reading

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Presbyterians, Preparing for Battle

Presbyterians, Preparing for Battle Jeffrey S. McDonald, John Gerstner and the Renewal of Presbyterian and Reformed Evangelicalism in Modern America, Pickwick, 2017, Pp. 263, reviewed by Darrell Sutton John Knox (1514-1572), one of the founding fathers of Protestantism, did not eschew controversy. … Continue reading

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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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