Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

What Are You Reading?

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

What Are You Reading?

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A weekly look over the shoulders of our scholar-reviewers

Daniel Binney, postgraduate administrator, department of history, Classics and archaeology, Birkbeck, University of London, is reading Hugo Drochon's Nietzsche's Great Politics (Princeton University Press, 2016). "Who would not welcome 'Nietzsche' and 'politics' appearing together? But this book is not so much a reclamation of his thinking on the subject as a reconstruction of the development of political thinking in the philosopher's works, so often missed by those who require thinking and expression less profound to make sense of such. Coherent, detailed and balanced."

Mary Evans, centennial professor in the Gender Institute, London School of Economics, is reading Margo Jefferson's Negroland: A Memoir (Granta, 2016). "Negroland is an unusual contribution to the history of African Americans: an account of the lives of materially 'comfortable' black citizens. But the fierce and vicious range of racism remained even though Jefferson was privileged by birth and remains privileged by profession. However, the book suggests no assumption of that entitlement known to white people in the same situation as Jefferson's family. As this makes clear, the social walls made by racism were considerable."

Sir John Holman, emeritus professor of chemistry, University of York, is reading Sarah Bakewell's At the Existentialist Café: Freedom, Being and Apricot Cocktails (Chatto & Windus, 2016). "I initially turned to this book for insights into authenticity and the nature of being. …

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