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Cesare Bourgeois

Cesare Bourgeois John Gooch, Mussolini’s War: Fascist Italy from Triumph to Collapse, 1935-1943, Allen Lane, London, 2020, maps, illustrations, bibliography, notes, index, pp.vii-xxiv + pp.1-410, ISBN 978-0-241-18570-4, review essay by Frank Ellis Fidarsi è bene, ma non fidarsi è meglio … Continue reading

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Selected Correspondence of Ronald Syme

Selected Correspondence of Ronald Syme ANTHONY R. BIRLEY, THE SELECTED CORRESPONDENCE OF RONALD SYME 1927-1939, History of Classical Scholarship, 2020, Pp. 211, reviewed by Darrell Sutton It is the opinion of many eminent classicists that Sir Ronald Syme (1903-1989) forged new … Continue reading

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Against the Wind

Against the Wind Memoirs of a Dissident Psychologist, Richard Lynn, Ulster Institute for Social Research, 2020, reviewed by Ed Dutton  At 90 years of age, Richard Lynn is the doyen of differential psychology. His findings on national and race differences … Continue reading

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Fear of Frying

Fear of Frying Dresden, the Fire and the Darkness, Sinclair McKay, Viking (imprint of Penguin Books), 2020, reviewed by Leslie Jones “Man is at bottom a savage, horrible beast”, Arthur Schopenhauer Historian James Holland, a ubiquitous presence on television programmes … Continue reading

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Pedal Power

Pedal Power The Vice of Kings: how Socialism, Occultism and the Sexual Revolution Engineered a Culture of Abuse, Jasun Horsley, London, Aeon Books, 2019, 323pp., reviewed by Ed Dutton When ‘national treasure’ Jimmy Savile died in 2011, copious revelations emerged about … Continue reading

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Word Up

Word Up Bernd U Schipper, Proverbs 1-15, Fortress Press, 2019, Pp. i-xxvi, 1-579, reviewed by Darrell Sutton Paremiology is the branch of study that delves into the compilation of proverbs. By far the most popular wise words from antiquity are … Continue reading

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A Light, Shining in Darkness

A Light, Shining in Darkness Alexandra Popoff, Vasily Grossman and the Soviet Century, Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 2019, pp. ix-xi + pp. 1-326 + notes, photos, bibliography, index, ISBN 978-0-300-22278-4, reviewed by Frank Ellis I begin with … Continue reading

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Philosopher on Fire

Philosopher on Fire  Darrell Sutton considers Heraclitus  Diogenes Laertius is a popular and reliable source for Heraclitus’ life: cf. Lives and Opinions, Book ix 1. Heraclitus, a native of Ephesus, lived around 500 BC. Too little is known of his … Continue reading

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ENDNOTES, April 2020

Endnotes, April 2020 Stuart Millson, on the forgotten pleasure of browsing for records With the near demise of the record shop (our older readers may remember the much-loved Farringdon Records at Cheapside or Harold Moores in the West End), it … Continue reading

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Vasilii Grossman’s Just Cause

Vasilii Grossman’s Just Cause Frank Ellis celebrates a defeat for censorship  Green eyes cut the heart without a knife (Vasilii Grossman) I. Introduction:  For a Just Cause or Stalingrad? Outside the circle of people who concern themselves with Grossman’s work … Continue reading

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