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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: “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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Review: “Judging Dev” by Diarmaid Ferriter

From the early 1990’s, De Valera’s reputation began to take such a relentless battering, it seemed that a complete downgrading of his status in Irish history had taken place. Did it begin with Tim Pat Coogan’s 1993 biography? Possibly.  His … Continue reading

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Review: “Nineteen Eighty-Four” by George Orwell.

When I first read Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, I remembered visualising the “rotting nineteenth-century houses, their sides shored up with baulks of timber, their windows patched with cardboard and their roofs with corrugated iron, their crazy garden walls sagging in all … Continue reading

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The burden on beasts, a review of “Animal Farm” by George Orwell at the beginning of 2017.

As 2017 begins, it is clear to me that the world that George Orwell so accurately described in his 1945 classic, “Animal Farm”, still exists in parts of the world today. Living in a free and democratic Western country, it … Continue reading

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Review: Garry Kasparov “Winter is coming: why Vladimir Putin and the enemies of the free world must be stopped”

Kasparov has enunciated an unobstructed vision of how the world could be in “Winter is coming: why Vladimir Putin and the enemies of the free world must be stopped”. The timing of the book’s release was important to the former … Continue reading

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