Tag Archives: Europe

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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Book Review: Cultures Of The World: Andorra

Cultures Of The World:  Andorra, by Byron D. Augustin Since childhood, when I first found out about this small and odd nation in the Pyrenees Mountains, I have been interested in the nation of Andorra [1].  There are a lot … Continue reading

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Book Review: Medieval Siege & Siegecraft

Medieval Siege & Siegecraft, by Geoffrey Hindley As someone who is deeply interested in fortifications and siege warfare [1], it is little surprise that I would find a book about medieval sieges to be interesting and worthwhile.  And so it … Continue reading

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Book Review: Orient Express

Orient Express, by Graham Greene The entertainment novels of Graham Greene are an intriguing lot, and this one may be the most cinematic of them all.  To be sure, this novel is not without its controversy, not least because it … Continue reading

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Book Review: Ancestral Journeys

Ancestral Journeys:  The Peopling Of Europe From The First Venturers To The Vikings, by Jean Manco As I was reading this book I was a bit unsure of what to think and how to feel about it.  I am certainly … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Bear Marches West

The Bear Marches West:  12 Scenarios For 1980s NATO Vs Warsaw Pact Wargames, by Russell Phillips [Note:  This book was provided free of charge by the author.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.] Admittedly, it has been a while … Continue reading

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