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  1. Lifestyle - Books - HISTORY

    Book review: The Visitor, by Liam Matthew Brockey

    Posted Aug 10th 2014, 12:46pm by Mark O'Neill

    ... to the throne in 1627. This book is an account of the fascinating life of Palmeiro, a Portuguese appointed by his superiors in Rome in 1617 to inspect Jesuit missions around the world. They stretched ... and spent the final years of his life dealing with the church in Japan and China. The church in Japan was in deep crisis, with the government engaged in ruthless persecution that created thousands ...

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    Book review: West of the Revolution, by Claudio Saunt

    Posted Aug 03rd 2014, 11:57am by MCT

    ... Americans and faltering over harsh terrain, they had no idea 13 colonies were at the same time declaring independence from Britain, asserting the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, ...

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    Book review: The Long Shadow, by David Reynolds

    Posted Jul 13th 2014, 12:22pm by MCT

    ... Ed Timms The Long Shadow: The Legacies of the Great War in the Twentieth Century by David Reynolds Norton 4 stars Ed Timms Cambridge historian David Reynolds' most recent book does a remarkable job of explaining why people should know more about the ...

  4. Lifestyle - Books - HISTORY

    Book review: Baghdad, by Justin Marozzi

    Posted Jul 06th 2014, 05:15pm by GDN

    ... Christopher de Bellaigue Baghdad: City of Peace, City of Blood by Justin Marozzi Allen Lane 4 stars Christopher de Bellaigue Travel writer-historian Justin Marozzi has lingered long enough in Baghdad since the 2003 invasion of Iraq to get to know the city ...

  5. Lifestyle - Books - HISTORY

    Book review: History and Popular Memory, by Paul A. Cohen

    Posted Jul 06th 2014, 05:14pm by Amy Russell

    ... Amy Russell History and Popular Memory: The Power of Story in Moments of Crisis by Paul A. Cohen Columbia University Press 4 stars Amy Russell History is often imbued with bias and propaganda, and therefore how historical events are constructed and constr ...

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    Book review: Revolutionary Russia 1891-1991, by Orlando Figes

    Posted Jun 02nd 2014, 10:09am by Nick Walker

    ... Nick Walker Revolutionary Russia 1891-1991: A History by Orlando Figes Metropolitan Books 4 stars Nick Walker "We want the USSR back!" was a separatist slogan heard in a restive city in eastern Ukraine, by a correspondent for a major British dai ...

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    Book review: Russian Roulette: How British Spies Thwarted Lenin's Plot for Global Revolution, by Giles Milton

    Posted May 18th 2014, 03:45pm by MCT

    ... Tish Wells Russian Roulette: A Deadly Game- How British Spies Thwarted Lenin's Global Plot by Giles Milton Bloomsbury Press 4 stars Tish Wells If you want some wonderful spy stories, and a lesson in 20th-century revolution, try Russian Roulette by Gi ...

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    Book review: The Thousand Things, by John Spurling

    Posted May 11th 2014, 04:08pm by Susan Ramsay

    ... shares sections of his life. Colourful threads of journeys, meetings, friendships and loss slowly coalesce to become a literary work of art. Wang Meng is of noble birth and may have gone far ... system. He is no hero with a plan. Rather he dithers, hesitates, meanders and questions his way through life. But the story's delicate details never paint him as weak. He is more ...

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    Book review: The Hotel on Place Vendôme, by Tilar J. Mazzeo

    Posted Apr 13th 2014, 03:57pm by Nick Walker

    ... Nick Walker The Hotel on Place Vendôme: Life, Death, and Betrayal at the Hotel Ritz in Paris by Tilar J. Mazzeo Harper 4.5 stars Nick Walker Paris has for some two centuries held ... at the hotel. The notion of fair play swiftly went out the window once the guns started firing on various fronts around Europe. Inevitably, one of the larger-than-life characters here is Hemingway, ...

  10. Lifestyle - Books - HISTORY

    Book review: An Atheist's History of Belief, by Matthew Kneale

    Posted Apr 06th 2014, 12:40pm by NYT

    ... David Ulin An Atheist's History of Belief: Understanding Our Most Extraordinary Invention by Matthew Kneale Counterpoint 3 stars David Ulin Matthew Kneale is a novelist, so it makes sense that he would frame faith as an evolving story we tell ourselv ...




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