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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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Ferriter, Diarmaid: “Judging Dev”.

From the early 1990s, de Valera’s reputation began to take such a relentless battering that it seemed as if a complete downgrading of his status in Irish history had taken place. This process began with Tim Pat Coogan’s 1993 biography … Continue reading

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Orwell, George: “Nineteen Eighty-Four”.

When I first read “Nineteen Eighty-Four”, Orwell’s dark vision where 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 directions” terrified me. Orwell’s … Continue reading

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Orwell, George: “Animal Farm”

Orwell’s “Animal Farm” is still relevant. Living in a free and democratic country makes it all too facile to ignore the fact that millions of people and vast parts of our planet continue to be ruled with tyranny and repression. Contemplate the … Continue reading

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Kasparov, Garry: “Winter Is coming: Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped”.

Kasparov enunciated his 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 chess champion … Continue reading

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