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Archive for 'Book Review'

From Genocide to Football Glory

Guest review by Karl Pfeifer
I am not especially interested in football. However “The Story of Béla Guttmann” is not just about a famous football player and manager; it is also a fascinating history book.
Guttmann lived in the District of Ujpest close to Budapest. This is where he hid during the Hungarian Holocaust. All around him, [...]

The end of Europe?

Guest review by Karl Pfeifer
Yale University Press recently published The End of Europe: Dictators, Demagogues, and the Coming Dark Age by James Kirchick, a 34-year-old American journalist.
It is a remarkably ambitious, provocative and vividly written account of the dark sides of Europe. It contradicts in 252 pages all the optimistic speeches of European political leaders. [...]

The Norman Geras Reader: A review

Norman Geras (1943-2013) was a significant political theorist, but was better known to most here as the creator of ‘Normblog’, a compelling blend of politics, culture, cricket and much more – Harry’s Place readers will remember his regular interviews with fellow bloggers and his eclectic ‘Writer’s Choice’ guest spots.  Whenever some contentious political or moral [...]

The Holocaust in Hungary: Seventy Years Later

Review by Karl Pfeifer
One of the reasons for the hate-campaign against Hungary’s Central European University (CEU) and the law against CEU is that this university does not advocate narrow-minded nationalism and that it is contradicting the fabrication of fake history so dear to Prime Minister Victor Orbán.
The Holocaust in Hungary: Seventy Years Later provides a [...]

Hungary: the post-communist mafia state

Guest post by Karl Pfeifer
Because every morning I read the government newspaper Magyar Idök, Hungarian friends asked me if I am a masochist.
No, I am no masochist, my blood pressure is very low and without drinking an espresso without pills, my blood pressure becomes normal by reading this Budapest daily.
Their scribblers try to [...]

Review and interview with Dave Rich

Guest post by by Karl Pfeifer
Dave Rich, author of “The Left’s Jewish Problem: Jeremy Corbyn, Israel and Anti-Semitism,” is the deputy director of communications at the Community Security Trust, a group that monitors anti-Semitic incidents and provides protection services.
I can only recommend his book, which reveals how people on the British Left have tried to [...]

Review: Undeclared Wars with Israel

Guest post by Karl Pfeifer
What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.
There is a thing of which [someone] will say, “See this, it is new.” It has already been for ages, which were before us.
[Nevertheless] there is no [...]

Syria’s Holy War

This is a guest post by James Snell
Review – The Syrian Jihad: Al-Qaeda, the Islamic State and the Evolution of an Insurgency
Jihadism is in many ways the perfect enemy. It insists upon and mandates self-abnegation – even, in some instances, self-destruction; it despises much of what we consider essential for a just and free society; and [...]

Henry Kissinger: The Idealist?

This is a cross-post by James Snell
Review – Kissinger 1923–1968: The Idealist by Niall Ferguson
Henry Kissinger remains one of the world’s most controversial statesmen. He is a man who is, as Niall Ferguson states at the beginning of this new biography, covering the first 45 years of his subject’s life, both revered and reviled in [...]

Women and Shari’a Law by Elham Manea

Elham Manea’s forthcoming monograph, Women and Shari’a Law, offers an eloquent response to those who think Shari’a Councils have a legitimate place within a multicultural society, a response which builds on her own experiences as an activist for the rights of women and minorities both in Europe and in the MENA region.  As she explains [...]