“The Anarchy” details the bloody story of the world’s first global corporation

Worth Reading | February 6th, 2020 | Leave a comment

by Hugh Gilmore According to the historian William Dalrymple, one of the very first Indian words to enter the English language was the Hindustani slang for plunder: loot. In his book, “The Anarchy,” published last year, he presents a fascinating, detailed and vivid account of the looting of India. “The Anarchy” is engagingly written with […]

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The best books I read this year, both new and old

Worth Reading | December 20th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Hugh Gilmore I offer the following observations in the hope that you may find something here that will bring you pleasure in your next reading year. The single best book I read, superb in every way, was Tara Westover’s “Educated” (2018). A memoir, it follows a tyrannized girl through her childhood and teen years […]

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How I failed to read 100 books this year

Enemies of Reading | December 20th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Hugh Gilmore Back in 2007, I pitched my editor, Pete Mazzaccaro, on the idea that I’d like to document my attempt to read 100 books that year. One hundred is a golden round number. It sounds large and it speaks to a person’s desire for self-improvement. It also implies a kind of muscular dedication […]

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