Magazine article Times Higher Education

What Are You Reading?: Books

Magazine article Times Higher Education

What Are You Reading?: Books

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A weekly look over the shoulders of our scholar-reviewers.

Roger Brown, professor of higher education policy, Liverpool Hope University, is reading Thomas E. Ricks' Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq (Penguin, 2007). "On the basis of copious evidence, Ricks shows how the US-led invasion and occupation was deficient at every level, from the strategic (what would happen if Saddam Hussein were deposed?) right down to mundane matters such as the supply of flak jackets to Iraqi police officers. What was particularly striking was the poor quality of both civilian and military leadership at the more senior levels."

Sylvia Brown, associate professor in the department of English and film studies, University of Alberta, is reading Edmund Crispin's The Moving Toyshop (Victor Gollancz, 1969). "I wanted 'something frivolous', so my husband handed me this discard from Bedford Central Library, still in its yellow Gollancz thriller cover. Why haven't I made the acquaintance of don-detective Gervase Fen before? He is aggressively bright and clever at solving crime, but you have to take his 'tremendous scholarly abilities' on faith. He carefully avoids discussing Measure for Measure with the chief constable."

Michael Patrick Cullinane, senior lecturer in US history at Northumbria University, is reading The Embassy in Grosvenor Square: American Ambassadors to the United Kingdom, 1938-2008 (Palgrave, 2012), edited by Alison R. Holmes and J. Simon Rofe. "The US Embassy in London moved to Grosvenor Square in 1938, and in 2008 announced it was moving out. …

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