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In House

In House The English Country House: from the Archives of Country Life, Rizzoli, 2017, ISBN 978-0-8478-3057-2, £50, reviewed by Angela-Ellis Jones ‘The English country house is an extraordinary phenomenon that lies at the very heart of England’s history and cultural … Continue reading

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M.L. West, Cementing a Legacy

M.L.West, Cementing a Legacy M.L. West, ed., Homerus Odyssea, Berlin/Boston, Walter de Gruyter, 2017, Pp. LXII, 519 One hundred and fifty years ago, German academics were strides ahead of their non-Teutonic, classicist peers. Since then, a text-critical revolution has occurred: a … Continue reading

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Oakeshott’s World View, Part 3

Oakeshott’s World View, Part 3 Noel O’Sullivan (ed), The Place of Michael Oakeshott in Contemporary Western and Non-western Thought, Imprint Academic, 2017; £19.95; pbk; 197 pages, reviewed in three parts by ALLAN POND [This collection includes some of the papers given … Continue reading

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Deconstructing Darwin

 Deconstructing Darwin Charles Darwin: Victorian Mythmaker by A.N. Wilson, published by John Murray, 2017, £25, hardback, reviewed by Gerry Dorrian Some of literature’s most unreliable narrators can be found in the field of biography. How appropriate, then, that A.N. Wilson devotes much … Continue reading

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The Body Dandiacal

The Body Dandiacal The Dandy at Dusk: Taste and Melancholy in the Twentieth Century, 2017, Philip Mann, Head of Zeus, £25, reviewed by STODDARD MARTIN For one who grew up by the sea and sequoias of California in the 1960s, … Continue reading

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Vox Populi, Vox Dei

Vox Populi, Vox Dei From Fascism to Populism in History, Federico Finchelstein, University of California Press, 2017, 328 pp, h.b., reviewed by LESLIE JONES In his Prison Notebooks, Antonio Gramsci refers to the sentimental connection (connessione sentimentale) that exists between … Continue reading

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We Will Bury You

We Will Bury You Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine, Anne Applebaum, Alan Lane, 2017, £25, reviewed by GERRY DORRIAN Marx wasn’t sure what to do about the peasants. Although he railed in Capital against the “corvée” or rent-in-kind that reduced them … Continue reading

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Oakeshott’s World View, Part 2

Oakeshott’s World View, Part 2 Noel O’Sullivan (ed) The Place of Michael Oakeshott in Contemporary Western and Non-western Thought, Imprint Academic, 2017; £19.95; pbk; 197 pages, reviewed in three parts by ALLAN POND [This collection includes some of the papers … Continue reading

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Wisdom, beyond Consolation

Wisdom, beyond Consolation  Freud: An Intellectual Biography, Joel Whitebook, Cambridge University Press, 2017, reviewed by Leslie Jones Professor Whitebook believes that Freud’s theories were profoundly shaped by certain emotional experiences, notably by his traumatic early years with his mother Amalie, … Continue reading

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Denial and Disaster

Denial and Disaster Mark Bowden, Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam, Atlantic Monthly Press, 2017, reviewed by WILLIAM HARTLEY For those of a certain age it is sobering to realise that the men and women … Continue reading

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