Category Archives: Books

Howard, Paul: “I Read The News Today, Oh Boy. The Short And Gilded Life Of Tara Browne, The Man Who Inspired The Beatles’ Greatest Song”.

Chatelaine and part-heir to the Guinness fortune, Oonagh McGuinness gave birth to Irish scion Tara Browne in 1945. The Guinnesses, who opposed all Irish nationalist movements until Ireland won her freedom, bequeathed sufficient money for the family to live in the … Continue reading

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Gaffney, Frankie: “Dublin Seven”

Albert Camus, in his wonderful, Create Dangerously, questions how realistic art should be. He imagines how unsatisfactory it would be to observe a camera following a person around all day, every day. Meaning, for Camus, lies in expressing the parts … Continue reading

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Arendt, Hannah: The Origins of Totalitarianism

This is the definitive book on the twentieth-century totalitarianism that Arendt split into what she referred to as the “three pillars from hell”: namely anti-Semitism, imperialism and racism. It is particularly important to explore how she defines each of these … Continue reading

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Huxley, Alduos: “Brave New World”

Got a gramme of soma? You do? Excellent. Well, strap in and fade out. Scottish techno wizards Slam were so taken with the designer drug in Brave New World that they named their illustrious label after it.  In a letter … Continue reading

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Sakwa, Richard: “Frontline Ukraine. Crisis In The Borderlands”

Professor Sakwa views the current conflict in Eastern Europe as extremely serious, likening it to the turmoil that took place in the Balkans before the outbreak of World War One. Sakwa, welcomely, challenges the liberal doctrine of the West in … Continue reading

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Fromm, Erich: “Escape From Freedom”

Fromm has some interesting perspectives in his quasi-psychological assessment of the post-World War Two geopolitical landscape. The first half reminded me of Siedentrop’s “Inventing The Individual” in its analysis of the part that religion has played in putting the focus … Continue reading

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Orwell, George:  “Notes On Nationalism”

Is Orwell a better essayist than novelist? When you consider just how seminal and outstanding Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four are, it would seem a near impossible case to prove.  Yet Notes On Nationalism does just that. It is an … Continue reading

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