Erling Friis-Baastad

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They came billed as creative puns for educated minds. Pun 1 -- She was only a whisky maker but he loved her still. The Middle East ... For a long time now I've been trying to get a better understanding of the Middle East and how it all came about. This

Reporter found human beings among the wreckage

Polish foreign correspondent Ryszard Kapuscinski was, for a print journalist and poet, nearly a celebrity when he died, at 74, earlier this year.

All you need is love … and someone to cover you

In November 2004, US Marines in Fallujah were conducting a house-to-house search for insurgents; in one supposedly vacant building they heard a…

It’s a dog’s life: if you’re strong

Somewhere in Texas a border collie’s sheepherding career had “crashed and burned.” Meanwhile in suburban New Jersey a technical…

When you’re lost in the fog, a book can be a beacon

To any moderately aware person, the world inhabited by many of our political leaders appears to be one of moral anarchy.

Book explores the inconvenient truths behind 9/11

When the attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon succeeded so horribly in 2001, billions of decent people around the world were taken off…

Book takes us through a night of terror that never really ends

On November 10, 1938, after six years of escalating and systematic persecution of Jews, masses of Germans really let loose.

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fursts spy novels are gripping timeless parables

Historical novels must be very challenging books to write, especially because, in one obvious way, they are deceptively easy to write.

Novelist’s memoir scrapes tarnish off the Golden 60s

The ‘60s must be remembered, but not so much for the wild party associated with that decade, as for the object lesson about the vulnerability…

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Author leads us past the rhetoric and deep into Iran Immediately after the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon, I…

The man who gave Castro too much credit

Fidel Castro is one of the world’s most vicious “predators of press freedom,” according to Reporters Without Borders.

a winter trek leads through the inscrutable heart of afghanistan

While reading Rory Stewart’s The Places In Between, I was reminded of the aphorism: “Before you judge a man, walk a mile in his moccasins.

Frightening natural history essays offer hope

Mice with human genes, global warming, plague, famine, Arnold Schwarzenegger clones, the triumph of technology over humanity, and of dogma over…

Guild made musical look like a piece of cake

The most successful works of art appear simple upon completion. The seams and rivets don’t show.