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Review of books

April 2014
Let’s make Paine’s Age of Reason a reality
Let’s make Paine’s Age of Reason a reality

Frank Furedi

Let's make Paine's Age of Reason a reality

Burke's paternalism won out over Paine's liberalism. Let the fightback begin.

April 2014

Review of books

At spiked, we have always believed in taking big ideas seriously - and where better to wrestle with the biggest ideas and have out the hardest arguments than in the world of books? So here, back by popular demand, is the spiked review of books. Enjoy the issue.

Review of books

May 2013
The two Gatsbys
The two Gatsbys

Daniel Ben-Ami

The two Gatsbys

Yes, Fitzgerald’s novel was written in an era of cultural pessimism, but it has a powerful sense of possibility – something its contemporary interpreters tend to obscure.

Review of books

April 2013
‘I have a bad dream…’
‘I have a bad dream…’

Jon Holbrook

‘I have a bad dream...’

From the high point of Martin Luther King's March on Washington to lowly modern campaigns to ban 'sexist' ladies' nights in bars and clubs - how far the civil-rights ideal has fallen.

Review of books

March 2013
A twenty-first century folk devil
A twenty-first century folk devil

Josie Appleton

A twenty-first
century folk devil

In Moral Crusades in an Age of Mistrust, Frank Furedi adroitly uses the sociological literature around moral panics to draw out the deeper meaning of the Jimmy Savile scandal.

Review of books

March 2013
Scourge of the elites
Scourge of the elites

Sean Collins

Scourge of the elites

Christopher Lasch was a fearless iconoclast who defied left and right labels. Love him or loathe him, you need to grapple with his ideas if you want to understand today’s big political and moral debates.

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