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Book Review: The Legacy of the Italian Resistance by Philip Cooke

Book Review: The Legacy of the Italian Resistance by Philip Cooke


The Legacy of the Italian Resistance
Philip Cooke
Palgrave Macmillan

263pp £52.25

Between 1943 and 1945 thousands of Italian men and women took part in what became known as ‘The Resistance’. Many were extremely young and most of those who died at the hands of the Italian Fascists and the Nazis were in their teens or early twenties.

Book review: The First Crusade: The Call from the East by Peter Frankopan

Book review: The First Crusade: The Call from the East by Peter Frankopan
Author: Peter Frankopan
Publisher: Bodley Head
Reviewed by: Norman Housley
Price (RRP): £20

Norman Housley has mixed feelings about the latest attempt to write a narrative of the First Crusade

Book review: Moll: The Life and Times of Moll Flanders by Sian Rees

Book review: Moll: The Life and Times of Moll Flanders by Sian Rees
Author: Sian Rees
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
Reviewed by: Hallie Rubenhold
Price (RRP): £18.99

Hallie Rubenhold applauds an ambitious depiction of the historical backdrop to Daniel Defoe’s Moll Flanders

It goes without saying that writing ‘a life and times’ of a personality who never actually lived is going to present a few difficulties for a historian.

Book review: Secret Days by Asa Briggs

Book review: Secret Days by Asa Briggs
Author: Asa Briggs
Publisher: Frontline Books
Reviewed by: Roger Moorhouse
Price (RRP): £19.99

From being Britain’s best kept wartime secret barely a generation ago, the story of the code-breakers of Bletchley Park is now a well-established part of our national narrative of the Second World War.

Book review: The Pleasures of the Imagination by John Brewer

Book review: The Pleasures of the Imagination by John Brewer

John Brewer’s The Pleasures of the Imagination: English Culture in the Eighteenth Century documents the 18th century creating of “high culture”.  However, this creation is not reported as a formal aesthetic decision, supervised by an aloof elite of aristocrats and dilettantes.