Category Archives: theocracy

Nafisi, Azar: “Reading Lolita In Tehran”

Academic and literary critic Azar Nafisi describes the impact that the 1979 Iranian Revolution had on her life in Reading Lolita In Tehran. Before the revolution, Nafisi was comparatively free to read and teach whatever books she chose. This ended when the revolutionaries took … Continue reading

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Shavit, Ari: “The Promised Land: The Triumph And Tragedy Of Israel”

“Zionism embodies conflict,” writes Shavit and the sentiment is typical of how he thinks about Israel. His great-grandfather, Herbert Bentwich, moved to the land that was to become the state of Israel in 1897 during the first wave of Zionism … Continue reading

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Siedentrop, Larry. Inventing The Individual: “The Origins Of Western Liberalism”.

Siedentrop weighs in on the familiar history of how the individual became paramount in Western society. He considers the knowledge of this history vital “because we are in danger of taking this primacy of the individual as something “obvious” or … Continue reading

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Peterson, Jordan: “12 Rules For Life. An Antidote To Chaos”.

The hype surrounding Jordan Peterson is nauseating: it’s depressing that people can’t be even remotely objective about a thinker on a different side of the political divide to themselves. Peterson writes with a conversational tone here and tries to impart … Continue reading

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Frankopan, Peter: “The Silk Roads: A New History Of The World”

The first half of Peter Frankopan’s book is a triumph which presents the Eastern history of the world in a clear manner. “It is easy to mould the past into a shape that we find convenient and accessible. But the … Continue reading

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Fante, John: “Ask The Dust”.

“Los Angeles, give me some of you!” exclaimed Arturo Bandini, the self-proclaimed genius and all-time literary great. “Ask The Dust” is a paean to the perfidious, seedy underbelly of the city of angels, a journey through its poverty-stricken streets and bars, … Continue reading

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Quinn, Michael: “Irish-Soviet Diplomatic And Friendship Relations 1917-1991”.

Umiskin press have published a timely account of Irish-Soviet relations in this the centennial year of the wholly unnecessary Russian Revolution. Quinn developed this book from a thesis that he had submitted to earn his PHD.  Ultimately, relations between Ireland … Continue reading

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