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Remembering Sherman’s ‘March to the Sea’

  • December 01, 2014
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It has passed virtually unnoticed in the UK, but this year is the hundred and fiftieth anniversary of one of the most famous military campaigns in history:   William Tecumseh Sherman’s ‘March to the Sea’ from Atlanta to Savannah.     I have a particular interest in this anniversary, having written a book on these campaigns and philosophy of war and their subsequent influence on the ‘American Way of War’ which is due to be published in the States by New Press next year:

For those that don’t know, the March to the Sea...

My Father’s House: Official Re-Launch!

  • April 09, 2014
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After more than a decade out of print, my 1998 memoir My Father’s House: In Search of a Lost Past officially comes into existence today as a self-published e-book.     It’s available at Amazon, iBooks, Kobo and other outlets at £3.99 ($6.99).     My Father’s House is my most personal book,...

Fortress Europe: Dispatches from a Gated Continent

  • November 29, 2013
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It’s been more than a year since my last book Fortress Europe: Dispatches from a Gated Continent came out, and it has yet to receive a single review in any mainstream publication in the UK.

I’m sure I don’t need to remind any readers of this blog that immigration is a ‘hot’ political topic, and that...

‘Fortress Europe’: talk at Housmans

  • October 31, 2012
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Next Wednesday I’ll be at Housmans bookshop in London, talking about my new book Fortress Europe: Dispatches from a Gated Continent with Liz Fekete, executive director of the Institute of Race Relations and the author of the terrific A Suitable Enemy.    

That’s Wednesday 7 November at 7 o’clock.   Drop by if...

Branagh’s Wallander

  • July 09, 2012
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I’m a big fan of Henning Mankel’s Wallander novels and the Swedish television series that came out of them,  and it’s only because I still pine for the latter that I watched Kenneth Branagh’s English version last night.

Like its predecessors, it’s watchable and not without merits.   Branagh portrays  Mankel’s obsessed and...

Niall Ferguson – a man of our time

  • November 27, 2011
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I have never read any of Niall Ferguson’s books and I hope I won’t have to.  But I have read his articles and the occasional interview and I have always found him an insufferably pompous, arrogant,  self-regarding prat (eg. ” the real point about me isn’t that I’m good-looking, it’s that I’m clever”...

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I’m a writer, campaigner and journalist.  My latest book is The Savage Frontier: The Pyrenees in History and the Imagination (New Press/Hurst, 2018).  The Infernal Machine is where I write on politics, history, cinema and other things that interest me.

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