Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Books I've been thinking of reading ... (an unending feature)

An American magazine review (it's a magazine published by something called the Nixon Centre, which is unnerving) makes Margaret MacMillan's The Uses and Abuses of History (retitled Dangerous Games for the American market, it seems) sound pretty interesting. The reviewer goes right off the deep end in his last paragraphs, riding (if I may mix metaphors) a hobby horse about banning reassessments of historical evils, but that's not MacMillan's fault.

And the Guardian profiles a new crowd of young British historians burning up the bestseller lists. "Theory is a thing of the past for these hip young historians," reads the teaser line. The oldest is 31.
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