The History Thieves : secrets, lies and the shaping of a modern nation

In 1889, the first Official Secrets Act was passed and created offences of ‘disclosure of information’ and ‘breach of official trust’. It limited and monitored what the public could, and should, be told. Since then, Britain’s governments and civil service have been engaged in the greatest identity fraud of all time – the dishonest and […]

W.

This is an odd sort of a film. I mean, it clearly isn’t meant to be full of praise for George W. Bush. But at the same time it is almost gentle in its treatment of him. Presenting him as a somewhat simple-minded, but well-intentioned, fool. With Daddy Issues. The film cuts back and forward […]

Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them

Not sure if I am the best person to review this book. For one thing it is obviously aimed at a US audience, so that rules me out first off. There is also the fact that it takes a very black and white approach, the Republicans are evil, the Democrats good. Now for all I know that may be the case, but I’d prefer to be convinced rather than have the author assume I agree. I also think there are a hell of a lot of shades of grey

Zulu Time

ISBN: 1904301525
Mark Little is RTE’s foreign affairs correspondent (although you’d be hard pressed to find that out on the RTE website, it has an absolutely terrible layout), before that he was RTE’s first Washington Correspondent (1995-2001). This is is second book, the first Turn Left At Greenland was published in June 2002 and reached number one on the Irish Non-Fiction Bestsellers list. This book deals with Little’s experience’s during the second Iraq conflict. (Which reminds me, how exactly are we supposed to refer to this. Is it a war? A conflict? A liberation? All these terms seem to imply another meaning. But that is beside the point). Read more about Zulu Time

The Fog Of War

I saw the trailer for this when I went to see Van Helsing, it stood out because I hadn’t seen it before. Yes the gorram “day after tomorrow” trailer was showing. But the trailer for this doc. really interested me.

Now I may have studied history at college, but all I really now about the cold war comes from that Kevin Costner film (no not JFK), Thirteen Days and to be honest I hadn’t really paid that much attention to the film. The parents had rented it, and I was in the middle of a book. Read more about The Fog Of War

Stupid White Men

A good read, if a little scary at time. In a way it is unreal, like watching a parania TV show, and maybe that is why this sort of thing is ignored. We don’t really believe things are as bad as this books makes the out. Or if we do believe, we don’t want to. Ignore it and it will go away.