“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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‘Gods of the Upper Air:’ the story of racism’s American pseudo-science root

Worth Reading | September 6th, 2019 | Leave a comment

by Hugh Gilmore Charles King’s new book, “Gods of the Upper Air: How A Circle of Renegade Anthropologists Reinvented Race, Sex, And Gender in The Twentieth Century,” is exhilarating, fascinating, and infuriating. It convincingly tells yet another chapter in the sorry story of race prejudice and ethnocentrism in America. This time, the focus is on […]

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