M. N. Ezra

"Michael Ezra"
Helpful votes received on reviews: 58% (14 of 24)
Location: London, U.K.


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The Tragedy of Liberation: A History of the Chines&hellip by Frank Dikötter
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mao's Murders, 5 Jan 2014
The most memorable historical book I have read in the last few years is Frank Dikötter's Mao's Great Famine: The History of China's Most Devastating Catastrophe, 1958-62 about the manmade famine responsible for tens of millions of deaths in Communist China. Dikötter has recently had published the prequel: The Tragedy of Liberation: A History of the Chinese Revolution 1945-57. It reads like a horror story but sadly it is true.

What is shocking in the book is how many ingenious ways the Communists found of murdering people. They had a lot of practice doing so because as Dikötter explains, "the first decade of Maoism was one of the worst tyrannies in the history of… Read more
On Ayn Rand (Wadsworth Philosophers Series) by Allan Gotthelf
1.0 out of 5 stars Ayn Rand Worship, 24 April 2013
According to Jeff Walker, followers of Ayn Rand, who like to call themselves Objectivists, can revere their idol in an unhealthy cultish way. He comments (The Ayn Rand Cult [Open Court, 1999), p.145):

While not official doctrine, Objectivists were nonetheless expected to believe that (1) Ayn Rand is the greatest mind since Aristotle and the greatest human being who ever lived; (2) [Ayn Rand's novel] Atlas Shrugged is not just the greatest novel of all time, but the greatest achievement in human history; (3) Rand is the ultimate authority on what thoughts, feelings, and aesthetic tastes are appropriate to human beings.

I have just finished reading Allan Gotthelf's book,… Read more
Nuclear Iran: The Birth of an Atomic State by David Patrikarakos
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Part of the problem with reading about the Iranian nuclear progamme is that for many, the quality of a what is read is purely dependent on whether or not they agree with the conclusion. Patrikarakos's detailed study on the Iranian nuclear programme goes beyond such polemics. His book is the culmination of six years of research in which h travelled across several continents to speak to key players in Iran, the USA, Europe, the Arab world and Israel, and to make copious use of primary archival sources. The fruits of this research enabled Patrikarakos to piece together a complete history of the Iranian nuclear programme since its beginnings in the 1950s right up until the present day… Read more

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