Geopolitics of Ancient Mesopotamia: 1. Origins

Between the two great rivers of the Middle eastern Bridgeland of the Afro-Eurasian world - there was in antiquity a great civilisation. the oldest and longest lasting of all - entire empires rose and fell, only to rise and fall yet again and again and again… in age after age, as the wheel of human [...]

Book Review: To Rule the Waves by Arthur Herman

Book review of Arthur Herman's To Rule the Waves, a narrative history of the rise of British Naval Power from the 15th to the 20th Century. To Rule the Waves tells the extraordinary story of how the British Royal Navy allowed one nation to rise to a level of power unprecedented in history. From the [...]

Book Marks reviews of The Price of Peace: Money, Democracy, and the Life of John Maynard Keynes by Zachary D Carter

Carter unearths the lost legacy of one of history’s most fascinating minds. The Price of Peace revives a forgotten set of ideas about democracy, money, and the good life with transformative implications for today’s debates over inequality and the power politics that shape the global order. — Read on bookmarks.reviews/reviews/the-price-of-peace-money-democracy-and-the-life-of-john-maynard-keynes/

The Best History Books of 2020 | Five Books Expert Recommendations

If you're looking for the best history books published this past year, the annual Wolfson History Prize is a great place to start. Each year, the judges pick out outstanding books that are both originally researched and readable. Historian and Wolfson judge Richard Evans talks us through the six history books that made the 2020 [...]

‘Signatures: Literary Encounters of a Lifetime’ Book Review | National Review

David Pryce-Jones’s Signatures is a masterpiece... The premise is brilliantly simple. The author, a familiar presence to NR readers, selects 90 books from his considerable library, each signed by its author. Each book, of the many collected over the course of a long life, is awarded its own brief chapter, allowing Pryce-Jones to open his [...]

Woody Allen, the Pseudo-Intellectual, a Review of His Autobiography by Commentary

But Woody Allen heatedly denies being an intellectual of any kind: “I have no insights, no lofty thoughts, no understanding of most poems that do not begin, ‘Roses are red, violets are blue.’...To this day, the Tin Pan Alley poets are my poets….I never read Ulysses, Don Quixote, Lolita, Catch-22, 1984.” — Read on http://www.commentarymagazine.com/articles/bruce-bawer/woody-allen-pseudo-intellectual/

Current Controversies in Philosophy of Religion // Reviews // Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews // University of Notre Dame

Draper opens the collection with a vision for philosophy of religion: that it broaden its focus by paying more attention to non-Western religions and to philosophical issues that concern religion in general (like how religion might make progress, or the philosophical significance of the diversity of religions); that it distance itself from theology (or at [...]

The Best Reviewed Books of the Week | Book Marks

Kate Elizabeth Russell’s My Dark Vanessa, Rebecca Solnit’s Memoirs of My Nonexistence, Deb Olin Unferth’s Barn 8, and James S. Shapiro’s Shakespeare in a Divided America all feature among the Best Reviewed Books of the Week. — Read on bookmarks.reviews/the-best-reviewed-books-of-the-week-3-13-2020/