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Roy MacLaren: Memoir of a formidable man

| June 26, 2011 | 1 Comment
Roy MacLaren: Memoir of a formidable man

There are times in The Fundamental Things Apply (McGill-Queen’s University Press, $39.95), Roy Mac­Laren’s memoir of his life in diplomacy, business and politics, when one is reminded of the Lanny Budd cycle by Upton Sinclair. This is a sequence of 11 novels in which the character Budd, an American diplomat, seems to bump into all […]

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The Journey Of Pearl S. Buck

| December 1, 2010 | 0 Comments
The Journey Of Pearl S. Buck

In 1938, Pearl S. Buck, the author of The Good Earth, became the first American woman to win the Nobel Prize in literature. This simple statement, however, obscures what’s probably a more important one in terms of explaining her career. If you agree that T.S. Eliot, though born in the United States, was actually British, […]

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The French debacle in Dien Bien Phu

| September 2, 2010 | 0 Comments
The French debacle in Dien Bien Phu

Dien Bien Phu is a market town in an almost preposterously remote corner of northwest Vietnam. Today it has a population of about 9,000. In 1953, however, it was so small it wasn’t even considered a community and, in fact, didn’t have a name. The phrase Dien Bien Phu translates roughly as “border-area administrative post.” […]

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