Tag Archives: imperialism

Book Review: River Of Darkness

River Of Darkness:  Francisco Orellana’s Legendary Voyage Of Death and Discovery Down The Amazon, by Buddy Levy This is a compelling story, to be sure, and a reminder of the time before Brazil was ruled over by Portuguese speakers and … Continue reading

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Heroes And Villians: A Columbus Day Tale

Yesterday, while I was walking through the Botanical Gardens in Kingstown, the capital of the small island nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, someone gave thanks to Captain Bligh in rhyme for giving breadfruit to the island and thus … Continue reading

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Book Review: Sir Francis Drake

Sir Francis Drake (The British Library Historic Lives), by Peter Whitfield This book could have been so much better than it was.  Sir Francis Drake is nothing if not a contentious figure, not least given the way in which his … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Fall Of The Ottomans

The Fall Of The Ottomans:  The Great War In The Middle East, by Euguene Rogan What this book does in a very crowded market of books that deal with World War I is to examine the war from the point … Continue reading

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Book Review: Sicily

Sicily:  An Island At The Crossroads Of History, by John Julius Norwich In this book the author captures the melancholy of Sicilian history.  What is it that makes an area of sunshine and agricultural wealth (at least from the time … Continue reading

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Book Review: Conquered Into Liberty

Conquered Into Liberty:  Two Centuries Of Battle Along The Great Warpath That Made The American Way Of War, by Eliot A. Cohen As a student of the American way of war, I must admit that I found this particular book … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Marches

The Marches:  A Borderland Journey Between England And Scotland, by Rory Stewart As a human being I have often found myself dwelling in middle lands, border regions, contested territories on the periphery fought over by multiple parties, with complex views … Continue reading

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Book Review: Outposts

Outposts:  Journeys To The Surviving Relics Of The British Empire I read this book previously under another name [1], and I have to say this book is at least mildly worth reading twice.  Admittedly, this book is not identical to … Continue reading

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Book Review: Pacific

Pacific:  Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision of the World’s Superpowers, by Simon Winchester This book really bothered me.  It is not a worthless piece of junk, but it … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Fracture Zone

The Fracture Zone:  A Return To The Balkans, by Simon Winchester Not often does one get a second chance to better understand an area where one had previously visited, although admittedly it happens more often for writers and journalists perhaps … Continue reading

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