Tag Archives: History

Review: Anna Applebaum “Gulag: A History”

Introduction:   Applebaum has helped to lift the lid on arguably the most brutal regime in history. The level of systematic and institutional violence was incomprehensible. I am not sure the human brain is meant to think in these terms. I … Continue reading

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Review: “Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel 

Introduction:   On a sweltering Saturday afternoon in mid-July, I dropped back the latest batch of books I had taken out from my local Pembroke Library and checked out “Station Eleven”, amongst a few other books. I gorged on it … Continue reading

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The Russian revolution 100 years on. Review: E.H. Carr “The Russian Revolution from Lenin to Stalin 1917-1929”

    Introduction:   Carr devoted thirty years of his life writing the fourteen volume, two million words, and the definitive history of Twentieth Century Russia. This is his magnum opus distilled into two hundred pages and it is extraordinary. … Continue reading

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Review: Ernest Hemingway: “Across the River and into the Trees”

Introduction:   Hemingway is one of the very finest to do it, maybe the damn finest, as the man himself would say. He gave a voice to the inner thoughts of his characters like none before or since. I felt … Continue reading

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Learning from our past: how the tale of “CuChulainn” can show us some ways forward…

Introduction:   I am fascinated by what values my Irish ancestors saw as worthy of mythologizing. After examining these qualities, I believe our past may offer an insight into how we might behave in the future. Have we lost touch with some … Continue reading

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Review: “This boy: A memoir of a childhood” by Alan Johnson

Introduction:   My mother gave me a copy of Alan Johnson’s “This boy: A memoir of a childhood” earlier this year, and I hungrily devoured it in a day recently! It is a wonderfully written history of a childhood growing … 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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