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."


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.


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".