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 7 (May/June 2020)

Dear Reader,

Thank you for getting in touch. (If you have done so recently then you are doing you best to lead a normal life at an abnormal time – good for you.) 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

  • Idleness at a Time of Crisis: A Philosophical Essay, by Brian O’Connor
  • Elizabeth I and Her Circle, by Susan Doran
  • T.S. Eliot and the Dynamic Imagination, by Sarah Kennedy
  • James Joyce and the Matter of Paris, by Catherine Flynn
  • Bored, Lonely, Angry, Stupid: Changing Feelings about Technology, from the Telegraph to Twitter, by Luke Fernandez
  • Ghost Citizens: Jewish Return to a Postwar City, by Lukasz Krzyzanowksi, translated by Madeleine G. Levine
  • Lost in Thought: The Hidden Pleasures of an Intellectual Life, by Zena Hitz
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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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