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Book Review: Foucault’s Pendulum

Foucault’s Pendulum, by Umberto Eco This book attempts to have its cake and eat it too, in a sense.  On the one hand, this book is told from a very rationalist perspective and seeks to mock the way that so … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Sleepwalkers

The Sleepwalkers:  How Europe Went To War In 1914, by Christopher Clark This book was a painful one to read, and not only because of its length at more than 500 pages of material.  Part of the painfulness of reading … Continue reading

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Book Review: The War That Ended Peace

The War That Ended Peace:  The Road To 1914, by Margaret MacMillan If reading about the way that Europe stumbled through the beginning of the 20th century and finally found itself involved in the horrors of World War I is … Continue reading

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Book Review: Empires And Barbarians

Empires And Barbarians:  The Fall Of Rome And The Birth Of Europe, by Peter Heather The period between Late Antiquity and the High Middle Ages has always been one where there has been a wide degree of controversy because of … Continue reading

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Book Review: A History Of The Gypsies Of Eastern Europe And Russia

A History Of The Gypsies Of Eastern Europe And Russia, by David M. Crowe Anyone who has read anything about the Gypsies can readily understand that the people has had a rather difficult time of it throughout their sojourning in … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Proud Tower

The Proud Tower:  A Portrait Of The World Before The War:  1890-1914, by Barbara W. Tuchman The author is wise, I think, in this case, to consider this book to be a portrait rather than a more complete account.  This … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Original Of Laura (Dying Is Fun)

The Original Of Laura (Dying Is Fun):  A Novel In Fragments, by Vladimir Nabokov Apparently the author of this book wanted the fragment destroyed but his wife and then his son were unwilling to destroy even a fragmentary masterpiece from … Continue reading

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Book Review: Our Culture, What’s Left Of It

Our Culture, What’s Left Of It:  The Mandarins And The Masses, by Theodore Dalrymple In many ways, I can imagine the way that the author would sound if one were interacting with him.  He sounds like a somewhat elderly and … Continue reading

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Book Review: The New Vichy Syndrome

The New Vichy Syndrome:  Why European Intellectuals Surrender To Barbarism, by Timothy Dalrymple I found this book to be deeply interesting and thought-provoking, as it is written from the point of view of someone who understands history and politics and … Continue reading

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Book Review: Extraordinary Popular Delusions And The Madness Of Crowds

Extraordinary Popular Delusions And The Madness Of Crowds, by Charles MacKay There is no doubt that this 400 page long book is a classic source of information about the fads and fashions that have roiled civilization over the past few … Continue reading

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