Non-Fiction

Fallout

Between December 1943 and August 1944, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Winston Churchill ign …

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Fiction

Madeleine’s War

Matthew Hammond is a British military officer posted to the European theater during World …

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Journalism

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A Link Between the Boston and Birmingham Bombers

No one, so far as I know, has yet pointed out a potentially significant parallel between T …

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Universities Press Review

Universities Press Review 4 (February 2020)

Dear Reader,

Thank you for getting in touch. I am currently working on a cultural history of modern France (a sort of companion to my book, The German Genius), which will be delivered to the publisher in September 2020, and published – all being well – about a year after that. Meanwhile, here is a new feature for my website. If you have got in touch with me because you have read one or another of my books, the chances are that our interests overlap or coincide, in particular in regard to the history of ideas.

Titles reviewed in this edition

  • The Cambridge World History of Violence, by Four volumes edited by Garrett G. Fagan, of Pennsylvania State University and others
  • The Sarpedon Krater: The Life and Afterlife of a Greek Vase, by Nigel Spivey
  • Waters of the World: The Story of the Scientists Who Unraveled the Mysteries of Our Oceans, Atmosphere, and Ice Sheets and Made the Planet Whole, by Sarah Dry
  • Divested: Inequality in the Age of Finance, by Ken-Hou Lin and Megan Tobias Neely
  • The Club: Johnson, Boswell, and the Friends Who Shaped an Age, by Leo Damrosch
  • High on God: How Megachurches Won the Heart of America, by James Wellman Jr., Katie Corcoran and Kate Stockly
  • A Child of the Century, by Ben Hecht with an Introduction by David Denby
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The Discovery of Fatherhood

Special feature

In my history books – some of them anyway – I have tried to draw attention to most of the important intellectual developments in the past, even the distant past.

One breakthrough, which I regard as arguably the most important breakthrough of all (for its effects on the way we think about ourselves and our social organisation), has received almost no reporting, and so I have created a special space for it here. It is just a few pages long, but if the argument is correct, the consequences are momentous. Read on …

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