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The Red Trade Menace by H R Knickerbocker

The Red Trade Menace by H R Knickerbocker

The Red Trade Menace by H R Knickerbocker was published in 1931 and it contains the 24 articles he wrote as a series for which he received the Pulitzer Prize in 1931. These articles are about the first 5-year plan of the ussr. Thus, this…

Our Enemies Will Vanish by Yaroslav Trofimov

Our Enemies Will Vanish by Yaroslav Trofimov

Our Enemies Will Vanish by Yaroslav Trofimov – The russian Invasion and Ukraine’s War of Independence – is a book about the events after russia’s full-scale invasion. I had to review this book today, on the second anniversary of the full-scale invasion. This month also…

The Forsaken by Tim Tzouliadis

The Forsaken by Tim Tzouliadis

The Forsaken by Tim Tzouliadis – From the Great Depression to the Gulags: Hope and Betrayal in Stalin’s russia – is a book any American should read. It might sound a bit much, but it’s not. This book is about US as much as it…

Media ethics and self-regulation by Chris Frost

Media ethics and self-regulation by Chris Frost

Media ethics and self-regulation by Chris Frost is a book I read for my research. It is a good book, but mostly suitable to either those who study journalism or those who study the history of journalism. It covers various aspects and it offers a…

The return of Martin Guerre by Natalie Zemon Davis

The return of Martin Guerre by Natalie Zemon Davis

The return of Martin Guerre by Natalie Zemon Davis is another well known example of microhistory. This is a great book for historians because of style and research, but also for non-historians because it is a fascinating case and it’s lovely written. The book is…

The Historic Heart of Oxford University by Geoffrey Tyack

The Historic Heart of Oxford University by Geoffrey Tyack

The Historic Heart of Oxford University by Geoffrey Tyack is a fascinating book on the most important buildings at the heart of Oxford. The focus of the book is on architecture and there are plans, archival prints, and all sort of illustrations included in the…

Montaillou by Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie

Montaillou by Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie

Montaillou by Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie – Cathars and Catholics in a French Village 1294-1324 – translated by Barbara Bray – is another book I read for my studies. First published in 1975 in French and translated into English a few years later, this was…

Catherine of Aragon by Giles Tremlett

Catherine of Aragon by Giles Tremlett

Catherine of Aragon by Giles Tremlett – The Spanish Queen of Henry VIII – a book I decided to review on 29 January, to mark the anniversary of her burial. I planned to go to Peterborough, but the commemorations were on Friday, thus it did…

The voices of Morebath by Eamon Duffy

The voices of Morebath by Eamon Duffy

The voices of Morebath by Eamon Duffy – Reformation and rebellion in an English village – is the second book I read by this author, with Fires of faith being reviewed in 2019. I enjoyed the book. It is about a small village in England…

Not worthy by Lubomyr Luciuk

Not worthy by Lubomyr Luciuk

Not worthy by Lubomyr Luciuk – Walter Duranty’s Pulitzer Prize and the New York Times – is a book published twenty years ago. It was edited by Lubomyr Luciuk, the Director of Research for the Ukrainian Canadian Civil Liberties Association, who called for the stripping…

The Cheese and The Worms by Carlo Ginzburg

The Cheese and The Worms by Carlo Ginzburg

The Cheese and The Worms by Carlo Ginzburg – The cosmos of a sixteenth-century Miller – is a book first published in 1976. It is one of the first and most important books of microhistory. Microhistory is a mode of historical writing which focuses on…

Utopia by Thomas More

Utopia by Thomas More

Utopia by Thomas More is one of those books I wanted to read for a while, I had it on the bookshelves, but kept postponing for some reason. I think seeing his painting on the wall of Oriel Hall made me want to read it…

The Power of Platforms by Rasmus Kleis Nielsen

The Power of Platforms by Rasmus Kleis Nielsen

The Power of Platforms by Rasmus Kleis Nielsen with Sarah Anne Ganter – Shaping Media and Society – is a book that must be read. I bought this book when I went to Oxford Martin School to hear Rasmus Kleis Nielsen give a talk about…

2023 in Books

2023 in Books

For the 3rd year in a row I finished 89 books in an year! My goal for this year is: 89 again. All are pictured below. Also, all are reviewed on the blog, if you are curious to know more about any of them. I…

The News by Alain de Botton

The News by Alain de Botton

The News by Alain de Botton – A User’s Manual – is a book well worth reading. It’s not dry at all and the themes covered could be really interesting for anyone. He offers a lot of examples from various newspapers and that makes the…

Mindhunter by John E. Douglas

Mindhunter by John E. Douglas

Mindhunter by John E. Douglas was written in collaboration with Mark Olshaker – Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit – is a fascinating book. I saw the series about Douglas and loved it, so I was very eager to read the book too. It…