The Tycoon Priest

God's Plagiarist: Being an Account of the Fabulous Industry and Irregular Commerce of the Abbé Migne

by R. Howard Bloch
The Reverend Father Jacques-Paul Migne, who was born in the Auvergne in 1800, has been compared to Napoleon, Balzac, d’Alembert, and Diderot; to Raspail the scientist and politician, to Girardin the newspaper proprietor, to Boucicaut who founded the Bon MarchĂ© store, and to Larousse the publisher. Migne compared himself to …

French Cuffs

Fragile Glory: A Portrait of France and the French

by Richard Bernstein

Beyond the Tunnel of History

by Jacques Darras, with Daniel Snowman
One fine summer’s day, the great Lord Curzon, then British secretary of state for foreign affairs, received a delegation from Mosul. When they were ushered in to his presence he was busy writing and he invited them to go to the window and to look at the people enjoying the …

The ‘Brain’ of Italy


by Denis Mack Smith
Historians of modern Italy are often pessimistic. When, like all other historians, they have sought to find a dominating theme, a key that would open all the locks, they have seized upon that of failure. Italy has been described as the country of failed revolutions, the rivoluzione mancata. The Jacobin …

A Good Game in Europe

The Europeans

by Luigi Barzini
There is a great deal of nonsense talked about European unity. Even more nonsense is talked about Europeans. In this book Luigi Barzini contributes hugely to the former, but goes on to write with great sense and perception about the latter. Why should he assume, as he does in the …