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Dismal Science by Stephen A. Marglin
Dismal Science by Stephen A. Marglin
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, 27 Mar 2014
This is one of what is now a real flood of criticism of mainstream economics. Steve Keen's 'Debunking Economics' is another good critique to get hold of.

As for Marglin's book, it sketches the history of the rise of the market society and what I honestly see as one of its most deleterious effects: the virtually wholesale dismantling of community, which is surely something demanded by human nature. I can't prove it, but the fact that loneliness is such a prevalent problem in Western societies is surely a symptom of community-killing markets. Speaking only from personal experience, the thing I regret about becoming an… Read more
Bare Feet and Bandoliers: Wingate, Sandford, the P&hellip by David Shirreff
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It's written by a former colonial officer who served in Kenya during the 1950s. Anyone who's read either David Anderson's or Carline Elkins' histories of the period will know what I'm getting at.

Speaking of the colonial-officer memoirs this book extensively draws on, the introduction by former Colonial Service administrator Anthony Kirk-Greene writes that the memoir-writers "wrote with relish and enthusiasm, with a touch of adventure and few personal regrets. There was a common feeling of a practical and useful task well done, although some thought that more could have been achieved had independence come about more slowly." This sort of nauseating, rose-tinted paens to our… Read more
Century of War: Politics, Conflict and Society Sin&hellip by Gabriel Kolko
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic achievement, 18 July 2013
One of the most influential revisionist historians does it again with this offering. Published back in 1994 - a bit of care needed with Nazi Germany, for example, since we now have that game-changing book by Adam Tooze, 'The Wages of Destruction') - but it's safe to say that the insights generally remain sound, highly original, and in many cases, I've no doubt, timeless.

I'd actually be very interested to know how many historians either pinched stuff from this book and never gave attribution - as I said, it's a highly original work, even if some of what it contains has been superseded or passed into common knowledge - or… Read more

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