Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Sacred Causes, Michael Burleigh - Part 1

This is a fascinating, trenchant, witty, absorbing and long book.  It seeks, in essence, to explore 20th century history by looking at the intersection of politics and secular events with religious and quasi-religious ideas and movements.

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Unholy War, David Kertzer

(Also published under the title The Popes Against the Jews in the United States)

This is a book by the distinguished Jewish American scholar David Kertzer exploring the relationship between the Catholic Church and the Jewish people during the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Friday, 8 April 2011

The Origins of the British, Stephen Oppenheimer

This is a lengthy and interesting book about the ethnic origins of the British and the Irish.  It debunks at length some common misconceptions about where we came from by deploying a mixture of genetic, linguistic, literary and archaeological evidence.