Books, books, books

Posted by Helen Saturday, March 02, 2013

These are the books I am reading or intending to read in the near future (not counting detective stories). Might be of interest.

In no particular order: Jonathan Foreman's Aiding and Abetting, published by Civitas, deals with the many problems associated with the aid industry. Also how to solve them. I would start by abolishing development aid immediately and limit humanitarian aid.

A People Passing Rude, edited by Anthony Cross, possibly the greatest living expert on early Anglo Russian relations: a collection of essays about British reactions to different aspects of Russian culture from the sixteenth century to the twentieth.

Robert Oulds's Montgomery and the First War on Terror, which deals with Monty's early career as counter-terrorist commander in Ireland and the Middle East. I have to admit to not starting on it yet. But I am looking forward to finding out how largely military missions can influence our own counter-terrorist activity. Or so I was told by the author.

Peter King's Reaction, which might tell me what it is conservatives should conserve when all existing institutions are contrary to their ideas and cherished beliefs.

Now this I am really looking forward to reading, having published several of the author's articles: Harshan Kumarasingham's A Political Legacy of the British Empire, which is a study of Power and the Parliamentary System in Post-Colonial India and Sri Lanka.

Dennis O'Keeffe's Edmund Burke, an excellent introduction to the man and his ideas, so influential in the conservative movement.

Finally, the deeply depressing Former People by Douglas Smith, which I shall be reviewing for the Salisbury Review but also blogging here. Come to think of it, I shall be blogging all of them.


  1. Very happy to learn of the O’Keeffe volume; curiously, when I search for Burke material on Amazon, this book does not appear in the first 10+ searches.

    It is also pleasing to know that this conservative/libertarian thinkers’ series is now published in paperback, too. The hardbacks are beyond inaccessibly expensive.

    (And huzzah for Peter King's inclusion in your reading list!)

  2. John Morley's 19th C. biography of Burke is good. His focus on the American Revolution, and his rejections of Burke's opposition to the French Revolution is especially interesting.

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  4. Many thanks to Mr Green for his mention of Morley on Burke; his biography of Gladstone is often lauded but his volume on Burke less so (and often targeted as misunderstanding his subject).

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