Thursday, 30 September 2010

New York Review of Books

Many readers of the blog will be familiar with the New York Review of Books. I,ve had a subscription for many years. It provides me with a bit of urbane stimulation on wet and windy evenings at my home in bucolic Ireland.
I’ve just received the 30 September issue in the post. I think that a subsequent edition is already on sale on newstands in New York and elsewhere. If you are lucky, you might find a copy of the 30 September issue. Otherwise, you can purchase it on the internet.  It is a particularly fine issue, with many fascinating articles. In particular:
Philippe Sands, ‘A Very British Deceit’. Prof. Sands provides some new insights into Blair’s behaviour in 2003 as he led the UK into an illegal war. He refers to documents that emerged in the Chilcott Inquiry and that were only released after the recent elections.
Roger Cohen, ‘Revealing “Turkey’s Hidden Past”’. An interesting contribution to the ongoing discussions about genocide in Armenia during World War I, based upon a recent book by Christopher de Bellaigue.
Timothy Snyder, ‘What We Need to Know About the Holocaust’. Snyder’s review of recent monographs is not very kind to Danny Goldhagen’s Worse Than War, but rather more sympathetic to Yehuda Bauer’s The Death of the Shtetl.
Plus a charming obituary for Tony Judd by Timothy Garton Ash, a previously unpublished essay by Judt himself, an interesting review of a recent performance of The Merchant of Venice starring Al Pacino, a letter to the editor from Stephen Sedley, and much more.
Good value for money!

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