William Cohen

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The Death of a Pope by Piers Paul Read
The Death of a Pope by Piers Paul Read
I've read nearly all of Piers Paul Read's novels and I like the milieux and the characters. I finished this one in a week - it's bit of intrigue set against the election of the new pope. It's a bit far-fetched but it also gives some insights into the motivations of terrorists, and how middle-class women might be drawn into their idealistic campaigns.
The Pursuit Of The Millennium: Revolutionary Mille&hellip by Norman Cohn
This is a fascinating history of what happens when socially alienated group, struggling for economic survival, find a messianic leader offering hope.

The ecstatic religious expectations can be manipulated and attract a devoted following. Cohn is clear how given the right conditions, you can generate a toxic revolution, which is very bad news for the established church, local government and the Jews. The behaviour of the Nazis was actually a throwback to many violent uprisings which characterised medieval Germany. They secularised the eschatology, but they used the same emotions with very similar results.

There's a horrifying pattern. It starts with a desire to cleanse… Read more
Frances Ha [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Greta Gerwig
Frances Ha [DVD] DVD ~ Greta Gerwig
I spent nine years in London from 1994 to 2003 trying to make my way as a writer/journalist and I could completely identify with the struggles of Frances Ha. The betrayals, the frustration, the setbacks - and the painful compromises. This is a brilliant portrait of a spirited young woman looking for love and recognition, but not getting it.

It's so rare to have money troubles dramatised on film - it's done very well here. The leading lady is funny, sexy and loveable. I really liked the bit when she made a trip to Paris on her own, only to find it makes her feel even more lonely. I've done that.

Her parents are supportive but hopeless, and her friendships are all a bit… Read more

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