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Cartographic Humanism reviewed in Times Higher Education

Added on 24/01/2020

[Katharina N.] Piechocki is conceptually rigorous, she reads many languages and her research is impeccable. She is a careful critic but also a deeply imaginative historian. This is a contribution to the “darker side” of cartography …

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Book of Beasts reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement

Added on 20/01/2020

Book of Beasts is exceptional in that it can be enjoyed as a sumptuously illustrated coffee-table book, but also constitutes a valuable point of reference, and springboard for future research, for professional medievalists and for academics …

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Ahab’s Rolling Sea reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement

Added on 20/01/2020

[In Richard J. King’s Ahab’s Rolling Sea] a rather schematic structure is combined with a genuinely gripping retelling of the tale. Ahab’s Rolling Sea could be used as a reference book, a zoological concordance to Moby-Dick.

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Set the Night on Fire one of Lit Hub’s Most Anticipated Books of 2020

Added on 14/01/2020

This huge and exhilarating work of history aims to restore some depth and accuracy to how we talk about Los Angeles in the 1960s, the decade during which “Surfin’ USA” conjured utopian dreams of a beach color …

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From Victims to Suspects reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement

Added on 10/01/2020

In September 2001, ten days after the terrorist attacks, the BBC’s world affairs editor was preparing to sneak into Afghanistan. John Simpson and his cameraman were smuggled into Taliban territory with the simplest of guises.

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Why Liberalism Works extracted in The Economist

Added on 08/01/2020

Tyranny comes in many guises. Sometimes it is in the obvious form of dictators who act outside the law and terrorise people to perpetuate their rule. But in less odious and visible forms, it can refer to the ways that individuals may be oppressed…

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Why Liberalism Works reviewed in the Times

Added on 03/01/2020

In 1974 a motorist in New Hampshire decided that he objected to the state motto, “Live Free or Die”. So he taped it over his number plate. He was arrested and spent 15 days in jail. Live free? Not so much.

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Crossing the Rubicon reviewed in the Times

Added on 27/12/2019

Julius Caesar’s step of destiny in mid-January 49BC, the moment that triggered four years of civil war, the end of the Roman republic and a million political clichés, was not a sure-footed one. According to the colourful historian…

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The Case for the Green New Deal reviewed in the Guardian

Added on 19/12/2019

Like many political neologisms, “Green New Deal” became de rigueur so fast that it had multiple variations, passionate disciples, critics and endless namechecks before anyone had said definitively what it meant.

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The Best Books for Art Lovers This Year

Added on 19/12/2019

Anniversaries represent a golden opportunity for art books. In the case of 2019, there’s no question about the most substantial commemoration of the year, with the toweringly authoritative four-volume Leonardo da Vinci Rediscovered…

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Of Morsels and Marvels reviewed in the TLS

Added on 18/12/2019

Only stupid people like to cook.” A mother’s thoughtless insult, perhaps real, perhaps imagined, launches Maryse Condé’s latest memoir, Of Morsels and Marvels, first published in French as Mets et Merveilles in 2015.

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John Ruskin An idiosyncratic dictionary reviewed in the TLS

Added on 13/12/2019

In 1927, Virginia Woolf described the breathtaking effect of Ruskinian prose as “full of fire and generosity and brilliance … We find ourselves marvelling at the words, as if all the fountains of the English language had been set playing …”

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