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Booker, Christopher And Richard North: “The Great Deception. Can The European Union Survive?”

The title is misleading; this is no conspiracy theory about a deception; it is a detailed and reasoned history of the European Union. Well researched and full of relevant facts. Occasionally, you can detect a slight bias. In what book … Continue reading

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Marnell, Cat: “How To Murder Your Life”

“If you are grossed out by white privilege (who isn’t?) you might want to bail now” writes Marnell at the outset. I thought on this comment for a while. How much control do we have over our past? We can … Continue reading

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Fenlon, Iain “Piazza San Marco”

I don’t see myself as idealistic; I’m a doer, not a thinker. Every now and then I get excited with a new idea or project and immerse myself in it until life inevitably intrudes and erodes my initial enthusiasm. One … Continue reading

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Conradi, Peter: “Who Lost Russia? How The World Entered A New Cold War”

Why did Russia not democratise after the fall of communism? Peter Conradi puts forward one reason: that Russia lacked the democratic consensus that was a feature of other Eastern European countries that made the transition. Another factor was a lack … Continue reading

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Harris, Jonathan “The Lost World Of Byzantium”

Gazing up at the Columns of the Lion and St. Theodore whilst I was on holiday in Venice, it struck me that I was staring at two extremely rare slabs of history. The statues were stolen from Constantinople during the … Continue reading

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Camus, Albert: “The Outsider”

I’ve always been an optimist at heart. It’s why I rarely read books twice: the next read is the best one. The Outsider, though, is an exception. Camus captures the complexity and simplicity of life in these pages; the “in-between” … Continue reading

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Ellis, Bret Easton: “Glamorama”

Much is justifiably made of how postmodernism has seeped into leftist identity politics. Most notably with the denial of basic biology. We do not hear so much about the postmodern Trumpian right, though. However, Trump is the embodiment of postmodernism. … Continue reading

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