John McCracken

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Acts of Union and Disunion by Linda Colley
Acts of Union and Disunion by Linda Colley
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Linda Colley has written a concise and very readable analysis of how the United Kingdom became united - and where the structural faults in that political union may be found. She writes with subtlety and authority about the UK's formative history - which is admirable, given the highly compressed nature of much of her analysis. But, when she suggests some of the ways in which the British State might develop in future, she seems to lose some of her edge, and the various scenarios that she describes are rather bland and unconvincing.
Print of 'James Ussher, 17th century English clerg&hellip by Heritage Images
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars WRONG NATIONALITY!, 23 Jan 2014
The wrong nationality is attributed to the subject of this print. Ussher was Irish - born in Ireland, of Irish parents. He was ordained in the Church of Ireland, and did not move to England until he was compelled to do so, and had already served in Trinity College, Dublin, and as Archbishop of Armagh, and Primate of All-Ireland.
Who Framed Colin Wallace? by Paul Foot
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars PASSIONATE BUT NAIVE, 30 Aug 2013
Paul Foot acquired an enviable reputation during his lifetime as a crusading journalist who always championed the underdog against the British Establishment. Sometimes, his campaigns were seen to be not only brave, but fully justified - sometimes, less so. In the case of of the convicted murderer James Hanratty, for example, Foot was fully committed to a campaign to prove his innocence. It was a campaign that ran across several decades - and Foot even wrote an acclaimed book in which he argued passionately that Hanratty was innocent. When DNA evidence - not available at the original trial - eventually proved that Hanratty had, indeed, been guilty of the murder for which he was convicted,… Read more

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