Sustained magnificence – Max Hastings’ Winston’s War

Sustained Magnificence Winston’s War: Churchill 1940-1945 Max Hastings, New York: Alfred A. Knopf 576 pp., $35.00 Sixty-five years after the last guns ceased firing on the last Pacific atoll, Britons of all political persuasions are still wallowing in tepid World War II nostalgia. For Atlanticists, neoconservatives, and classical liberals, the war was a great Anglo- sphere… Continue reading

Sympathetic magic – Barbara Ehrenreich’s Smile or Die

Sympathetic Magic Smile or Die: How Positive Thinking Fooled America & The World Barbara Ehrenreich, London: Granta, 256 pp., £10.99 Endorsements by Christopher Hitchens and Nora Ephron do not inspire confidence in Smile or Die. Nor does Barbara Ehrenreich’s website, with its list of soporific- sounding previous publications, which includes Long March, Short Spring: The Student… Continue reading