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2021: My Journey in Books, Part II

American History and Politics America is a place to which I am glued, Extinction Rebellion-like, despite my better judgement. The events of January 6th at the U.S. Capitol, followed by Trump’s characteristically ignominious...



2021: My Journey in Books, Part I

It was another peculiar year played out under the shadow of Covid, from winter lockdown to summer freedom, to the Omicron surge – larger, yet less virulent, than ever – that leaves us cautious yet hopeful for something like...



10 Books for 2020

10. Daniel Immerwahr, How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States (Macmillan: 2019) The traditional “logo map” of the United States is far more interesting for what it omits than what it shows. From this...



Podcasts are a vital tool for understanding – and bearing – our new world

Like most people, my state-mandated exercise regime under lockdown is very simple. Every few days, it’s off on the bike for a dart around the hinterlands of East Norfolk – invariably taking a liberal attitude to the one-hour time...



My 10 Book Countdown for 2019

10. Serhii Plokhy, Chernobyl: History of a Tragedy (Penguin Books, 2019) The central message of Serhii Plokhy’s sensitive account of the April 1986 Chernobyl reactor explosion is simply how avoidable it was. Drawing extensively...