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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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The Way We Write Now

The Way We Write Now Stoddard Martin goes with the flow The Digital Critic: Literary Culture Online, edited by Houman Barekat, Robert Barry and David Winters. O/R Books, 14 GBP. http://www.orbooks.com/catalog/the-digital-critic/ A decade ago Jeff Bezos remarked that at 500 … Continue reading

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Last Post Stoddard Martin enjoys Linda Kelly’s latest offering TALLEYRAND IN LONDON: The Master Diplomat’s Last Mission, by Linda Kelly, I. B. Tauris, £25 Linda Kelly is a pioneer in the genre of what one might call the non-fiction novella. … Continue reading

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When the Chips are Down

When the Chips are Down Stoddard Martin reviews a timely tome NINE LOVE LETTERS, by Gerald Jacobs. Quartet Books, £20 We are living through a neo-expressionistic, intolerant era. Famous lines come to mind: “The best lack all conviction, while the … Continue reading

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Hitler’s Architect

Hitler’s Architect Stoddard Martin reviews a new biography of Albert Speer In the rogue’s gallery of National Socialism, good boy Albert Speer usually gets short shrift. As a rogue, he seems on the surface deficient – none of the public … Continue reading

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Joseph Goebbels, Chronicler of a Catastrophe

Joseph Goebbels, Chronicler of a Catastrophe Stoddard Martin transcends the tyranny of fact There are possible revelations to be inferred from Peter Longerich’s exhaustive biography of Joseph Goebbels, but when I started out on his long, rich account I had … Continue reading

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The “Flying Salzburger”

The “Flying Salzburger” Stoddard Martin considers the enigma that was Zweig Among German-language authors of the first half of the 20th century Stefan Zweig is now being re-positioned near the top. Some contemporaries saw him as in ‘the first rank … Continue reading

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Upwardly mobile couple

Upwardly mobile couple Stoddard Martin sifts through the Himmlers’ correspondence A petty bourgeois element runs through the history of National Socialism, with counterpoint from its traditional obverse – the bohemian. Himmler came from suburban Munich and had the provincial’s suspicion … Continue reading

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Mission to Kabul, a Footnote in Weltpolitik STODDARD MARTIN

  Mission to Kabul: a Footnote in Weltpolitik Stoddard Martin discerns a curious continuity in German foreign policy The Kaiser’s Mission to Kabul: A Secret Expedition to Afghanistan in World War 1, Jules Stewart, I. B. Tauris, London, 2014, HB, … Continue reading

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A Northern Light for Europe’s darkest hour STODDARD MARTIN

  A Northern Light for Europe’s Darkest Hour STODDARD MARTIN enjoys a new biography of one of the most admirable – if enigmatic – figures of World War Two THE HERO OF BUDAPEST: The Triumph and Tragedy of Raoul Wallenberg … Continue reading

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