Reviews

Ralph Fasanella: A More Perfect Union

June 19, 2013
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Ralph Fasanella: A More Perfect Union

Ralph Fasanella’s first gallery retrospective celebrates New York City’s bridges, skylines, and tenements; your neighbors, my neighbors, our memories and our aspirations.   These pictures draw you in to conversations.  You cannot help but stop to comment on them to your friends, the stranger next to you at the gallery, who will soon bond with...
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Review: The road to China

March 17, 2013
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Review: The road to China

Tom Buchanan. East Wind: China and the British Left, 1925-1976 (Oxford University Press, 2012); “Shanghai-Madrid Axis’? Comparing British Responses to the Conflicts in Spain and China, 1936-39”, Contemporary European History 21.4 (November 2012): pp 533-552.
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Review: Novel Characters of Spain’s Civil War

March 16, 2013
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Review: Novel Characters of Spain’s Civil War

Not in My Father's Footsteps. By Terrence Rundle West. (General Store Publishing House, 2011). The Road, and Nothing More. By J.T. Bautista. (Andrea Young Arts / El León Literary Arts, 2012).
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Review: The Catalan spy who saved D-Day

March 16, 2013
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Review: The Catalan spy who saved D-Day

Garbo: The Spy. A documentary by Edmon Roch (Spain, 2009; US release 2012, distributed by First Run Features, 88 minutes).
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Book review: Sam Levinger

January 4, 2013
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Book review: Sam Levinger

Love and Revolutionary Greetings: An Ohio Boy in the Spanish Civil War (Eugene, Ore.: Resource Publications, 2012), by Laurie E. Levinger. The story of a young Jewish-American Socialist from Ohio who fought and died at the age of 20 in the Spanish Civil War.
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Book review: The English captain

January 4, 2013
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Book review: The English captain

The Last English Revolutionary: Tom Wintringham, 1898-1949 (Brighton, Portland, Toronto: Sussex Academic Press, 2012), by Hugh Purcell with Phyll Smith. A very welcome “enlarged, revised and updated edition” of the biography of Tom Wintringham published originally in 2004.
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Book review: Toxic myths

January 4, 2013
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Book review: Toxic myths

The War and its Shadow: Spain’s Civil War in Europe’s Long Twentieth Century, by Helen Graham, Portland, OR: Sussex Academic Press, 2012. 250 pp. Many subjects thread through the pages of Helen Graham’s dense but brilliant meditation on the Spanish Civil War.
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Perpetrators on trial: The justice cascade

September 16, 2012
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Perpetrators on trial: The justice cascade

The Justice Cascade: How Human Rights Prosecutions Are Changing World Politics, by Kathryn Sikkink (New York: Norton, 2011). One of the most shocking scenes in Mad Men, the popular TV series about the hard-drinking advertising scene of the 1960s, occurs in the pristine upstate New York countryside.
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Songs of Struggle: Horror and humanity

September 16, 2012
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Songs of Struggle: Horror and humanity

The Undying Flame: Ballads and Songs of the Holocaust, by Jerry Silverman. Jerry Silverman has written much more than a songbook. He brings to life the rise of fascism and the horror of the Holocaust in songs and text.
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Soccer and War: Whatever happens, the ball rolls on

September 15, 2012
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Soccer and War: Whatever happens, the ball rolls on

Some say soccer is politics and others consider it poetry. Jimmy Burns and Simon Kuper lay bare the connections between what happened on the European fields and the world around them.
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