Category Archives: theocracy

Review: Fante, John “Ask the Dust”

“Los Angeles, give me some of you!” exclaims 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 … Continue reading

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Review: “Irish-Soviet Diplomatic and Friendship Relations 1917-1991” by Michael Quinn.

    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, … Continue reading

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Review: “The Crossing. My journey to the shattered heart of Syria” by Samar Yazbeck

Introduction:         “Death was so straightforward here, so close and intimate” wrote Yazbeck of her three trips through rebel held areas of Syria in 2012 and 2013. Yazbeck’s prose whilst addressing the post-Revolutionary Syrian landscape is elegant. … Continue reading

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Review: “Revolutionary Iran. A history of the Islamist Republic” by Michael Axworthy.

Axworthy has written a scholarly history of Twentieth Century Iran. He does justice to a country with one of the most complex histories in the world by unearthing painstaking detail on how various internal regimes have functioned down the years. There is … Continue reading

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