20020202 Making Sense

Book review – Making Sense of the Troubles (David McKITTRICK)

Good for accuracy, not so good for background Making Sense stays true to its objective, to tell 'a straightforward and gripping story ... in an accessible way'. It is a straightforward read. But is it a good read? Yes, if you don't want to be bogged down with pre-Troubles history (too simplistically outlined in the … Continue reading Book review – Making Sense of the Troubles (David McKITTRICK)

20010520 Son of God

Book review – Son of God (Angela TILBY)

A good text to start with on Jesus the man I wanted to read Son of God because of the tie-in with the BBC televised programme of the same name. Surprisingly, the book was not to be found in my local BBC shops or bookshops at the time the programme aired. (Who to blame: BBC or … Continue reading Book review – Son of God (Angela TILBY)

19990927 Party Elites

Book review – Party Elites in Divided Societies (Kris DESCHOWER)

A tour des forces study of consociational democracy This is quite a comprehensive comparative study of those countries acclaimed to be practising consociational democracies. The prose is highly academic (in tradition of Routledge), and is not recommended for those without a sound understanding of the consociational model. For this, Lijphart's Democracy in Plural Societies (1977) is … Continue reading Book review – Party Elites in Divided Societies (Kris DESCHOWER)