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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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The New Oxford Annotated Bible

The New Oxford Annotated Bible 5thedition, Oxford University Press, fully revised and expanded, NRSV with Apocrypha. Pp. xxiii, 2416, ISBN: 978-0190276096. $95.00., reviewed by Darrell Sutton When Early Modern English was becoming the vernacular speech, Edward VI (1537-1553) removed restrictions … Continue reading

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Seven Deadly Spins

Seven Deadly Spins Seven Types of Atheism, John Gray, Allen Lane, 2018, hb, £17.99, reviewed by STODDARD MARTIN The well-known English philosopher and academic John Gray offers a tour d’horizon of the idea of atheism. For those who have trod this … Continue reading

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Eton Mess

Eton Mess                                          Posh Boys: How the English Public Schools Run Britain, by Robert Verkaik, One World Publications, 2018, pp 349, … Continue reading

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