‘The Splendid and the Vile’ — Amazing stories of Churchill and company during the German blitz of London

Worth Reading | April 16th, 2020 | Leave a comment

by Hugh Gilmore By coincidence I had started reading “The Splendid and the Vile” when our (mostly) national shutdown began. As I got into it, however, I was struck by the many parallels between Larson’s description of London life during the Blitz and what the world at large is experiencing now with the coronavirus. To […]

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“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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