Book Reviews & Articles

"Reading is the main way that I both learn new things and test my understanding." Bill Gates in an interview with the New York Times in 2016

Everyone in a leadership position knows that gaining knowledge, remaining curious and being challenged are good and even essential ways to keep on top of things.

We all have our reading lists, but too often it’s hard to find time to get started with them. So we’ll provide a regular review by Ophicleide, one of our associates, to tempt us to read the actual book! And we are more than happy to accept reviews from others. Do please contact us if you have one to present.

Catherine BELTON, Putin’s People: how the KGB took back Russia and then took on the West (Harper Collins 2020)

Monday, 30 May 2022

There’s an old joke about the Englishman, the Frenchman and the German who were asked to write about elephants. The Englishman went on a three year safari and wrote Elephants I Have Shot. The Frenchman spent an afternoon at the zoo composed a stimulating essay, L’ Elephant et l’Amour. After ten solid years a Heidelberg publisher produced seven volumes, The Elephant: a preliminary study. Read the full book review within.

Catherine BELTON, Putin’s People: how the KGB took back Russia and then took on the West (Harper Collins 2020)

Spike: The Virus v The People (The Inside Story) by Jeremy Farrar with Anjana Ahuja

Friday, 10 December 2021

Historians (your reviewer is one such) are cautious creatures. This is not a cautious book. It is revealing and no doubt accurate. But it is not entirely balanced. Read the full book report within.

Spike: The Virus v The People (The Inside Story) by Jeremy Farrar with Anjana Ahuja

Ernest Bevin - Labour's Churchill by Andrew Adonis and Peril by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa

Tuesday, 2 November 2021

THESE books stand in contrast. Both are intelligent and readable, and their authors are knowledgeable. They focus upon three political figures : Ernest Bevin, Joe Biden and Donald Trump —two of them prejudiced, two of them combative, two of them observantly Christians, two of them humorous, two of them admirable. It is easy for any reader to work out who fits where.

Ernest Bevin - Labour's Churchill by Andrew Adonis and Peril by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa

Richard HOFSTADTER Anti-Intellectualism in American Life (NY 1963)

Wednesday, 9 June 2021

It is odd to be turning to a sixty year-old book to explain what is happening now, but Richard Hofstadter’s classic seems as relevant as ever. Though long, it is well-written, absorbing and packed with interest. Its theme is simple, so the general reader can pick it up and put it down without ever losing the thread.

Richard HOFSTADTER Anti-Intellectualism in American Life (NY 1963)