Sunday, April 20, 2008

Michael Foot + The Industrial Revolutionaries

Most historians agree that Michael Foot was hopelessly miscast as Labour leader and that the "donkey-jacket" years were ruinous for the party's image. "This view needs qualification," says Morgan, in this engrossing authorised biography, "but it is difficult to dissent from it."

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Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Decency and Disorder: The Age of Cant 1789-1837 + Teenage: The Creation of Youth 1875-1945

The English used to be plain-speaking, boisterous eccentrics, their conversation peppered with words like "shittenly", "turdy" and "crackfart". But then something odd happened: a peculiar squeamishness overtook the nation (or at least Middle England), reflecting a new anxiety about sexual matters, bodily functions and nudity.

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Saturday, April 5, 2008

Satan's Circus: Murder, Vice, Police Corruption and New York's Trial of the Century

Welcome to the Tenderloin, a square mile of midtown Manhattan so notorious for its gambling houses, late-night saloons and bordellos that it became known as "Satan's Circus".

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