Tag Archives: History

Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire, A 500-Year History, by Kurt Andersen: A Review

I came to Andersen’s book not knowing much about it. Honestly, I cannot even recall why I first ordered the book, perhaps I saw it discussed on Lawrence O’Donnell’s show? Regardless, having read it, I am pleased that I did … Continue reading

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How I Spent My Summer Holidays or, Fun with the Viking Portable Library

I’ve been quiet on the review front this summer, for which I apologise. The lack of posting wasn’t for want of writing, but just an inability to follow anything through to completion. To mask the symptoms of my mild ennui, … Continue reading

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1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed, by Eric Cline: A Review

As I’ve mentioned elsewhere, I was a big fan of documentaries when I was in my teens; it was one of the quirks of growing up in the household that I did. But one that made a lasting impression on … Continue reading

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The Typewriter Revolution, by Richard Polt: A Review

Although it was one of the most revolutionary machines of the 19th century, the typewriter has been much derided by the increasingly technologically-focussed cognoscenti of the early 21st century. Since the 1980s, we’ve had the expressions digital revolution and / … Continue reading

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Revelations: Vision, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation, by Elaine Pagels: A Review

When I read large swathes of Pagels’ earlier books (specifically The Gnostic Gospels and Adam, Eve and the Serpent), it was as an undergraduate, a few (well, twenty-ish) years ago, casting around for material to use in a paper. And it was as … Continue reading

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The President and the Assassin, by Scott Miller: A Review

America is a curiously a-historical place. It’s a land where in many cases things aged more than a generation are considered “old.” Structures are routinely razed to the ground and rebuilt, rather than being updated and retrofitted. The further to the … Continue reading

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Starling of the White House, by Edmund Starling: A Review

As told to Thomas Sugrue, Starling of the White House recounts the time spent by the Colonel Edmund Starling on the Presidential protection detail of the Secret Service at the White House. Starling was brought to Washington D.C. as part of … Continue reading

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