A brief review of John Pilger’s Freedom Next Time, a survey of political failure in Palestine, South Africa, India, Afghanistan and the Chagos Islands.
A few brief reviews of some recent reads: Tony Hawks' Round Ireland with a Fridge, Frank Herbert's Dune Trilogy, Ethel Lina White's The Lady Vanishes & The Spiral Staircase, and Frans de Waal's Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?
Looking at one aspect of The Blind Watchmaker: what makes an understanding of evolution require something bordering on belief?
A review of The Numerati, a look at the business of big data mining and the impact it could potentially have on the world.
Uncommon People is a collection of Eric Hobsbawm's essays spanning the majority of his long career, from the 1950s to the mid-1990s. It brings together a wide range of topics, collected under four headings: The Radical Tradition, Country People, Contemporary History and Jazz. Under "The Radical Tradition", there are essays addressing Thomas Paine, the Luddites,…