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When Optimism is Truly False: Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds by Charles Mackay

Charles Dickens wrote only one of the 85 leaders published about railway mania. He viewed free markets as the best way to achieve expansion. When the new Royal Exchange building in London was opened, Charles Mackay wrote extensive coverage of … Continue reading

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The Baader-Meinhof Group: The Inside Story of a Phenomenon by Stefan Aust

The RAF (Red Army Faction – aka. The Baader-Meinhof Group, or ‘Gang’) did more than just kidnappings, bombings, hostage-taking, murder – it made an historical intervention into the political story of a difficult chapter of German history. Its particular importance … Continue reading

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The Hitler Diaries: Fakes that Fooled the World by Charles Hamilton

Gerd Heidemann, a journalist, explained to other reporters that – via Martin Bormann – he had found Hitler’s personal diaries, lost since 1945.  In April, 1982, the editors-in-chief at Stern magazine learned that far more than twenty-seven diaries existed. The … Continue reading

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Forged: Why Fakes are the Great Art of our Age, by Jonathon Keats

As a literary forger of sorts, I enjoy reading about forgeries and forgers’ lives. There is a tendency in such books to repeat stereotypes – the forger as the injured and overlooked, the forger as the masterful yet unoriginal technician … Continue reading

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Alone in Berlin by Hans Fallada

Following on from my last post about reading books discovered in the blogosphere, there was a spate of posts about Alone in Berlin some time ago, which made its cover instantly recognisable to me. In short, I’m glad to have … Continue reading

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Niches, and 5 Reasons to Blog About What You Read

Questions come to mind as I finally get around to saying something about Plague: Black Death & Pestilence in Europe. I’ve already read and reviewed a book on the same subject, so I don’t know what another review adds. In … Continue reading

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A Digest* of ‘France Since 1945’ by Robert Gildea

De Gaulle is a country whose decline can be traced through its many defeats and humiliations since the second world war. The first of these was the American invasion that came hot on the heels of the German departure. As … Continue reading

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