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Book Review: Niall Ferguson’s Civilization – Six Ways the West Beat the Rest

In much the same way Marxists internationalists held on to the belief that the workers’ revolution would sweep the world before it, today’s neoconservatives are convinced theirs is the only way forward. In this, neocons are but the most recent

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The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby

“He sounded like Jean-François Revel, a French socialist writer who talks about one of the great unexplained phenomena of modern astronomy: namely, that the dark night of fascism is always descending in the United States and yet lands only in

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The Gonzo Papers Anthology

“Absolute truth is a very rare and dangerous commodity in the context of professional journalism.” For a meticulous dissection of the latter part of the 20th century, without undue embellishment or unwarranted literary liberties, The Gonzo Papers Anthology may be

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Piketty’s Capital: A Problem Analysed In-Depth but not Solved

When a book on economics cites Honoré de Balzac and Jane Austen to provide evidence, one cannot fail to take note. It sure beats the rather uninspiring conclusion that R > G and this means trouble. The rate of return

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The Grapes of Wrath

“Man, unlike any other thing organic or inorganic in the universe, grows beyond his work, walks up the stairs of his concepts, and emerges ahead of his accomplishments.” First published in 1939, The Grapes of Wrath still offers a savage

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In Search of Lost Time

“Love is a striking example of how little reality means to us.” A novel in seven volumes with a total page count of well over 4,000, In Search of Lost Time (À la recherche du temps perdu) is reportedly the

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If This Is Man / The Truce

“A country is considered the more civilised the more the wisdom and efficiency of its laws hinder a weak man from becoming too weak and a powerful one too powerful.” A Jewish chemist from Turin, Primo Levi was picked up

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The Pursuit of Love

“Always either on a peak of happiness or drowning in black waters of despair they loved or they loathed, they lived in a world of superlatives.” A Bright Young Thing from the roaring twenties, Nancy Mitford perhaps best epitomises the

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The Good Soldier Švejk

“And somewhere from the dim ages of history the truth dawned upon Europe that the morrow would obliterate the plans of today.” Why read Catch-22 when the original on which Joseph Heller fashioned his memorable work is readily available? Catch-22

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Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil

“The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil.” Highly controversial when first published in 1963, Eichmann in Jerusalem draws the picture of a man reduced to

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