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Review: Shadow Pasts April 5, 2011

Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Contemporary, Medieval, Modern
Review: Shadow Pasts

Beachcombing has only a few minutes today before class begins – a spring cold has meant that he is sleeping double his regulation five or six hours. But he wants to take what little time he has to celebrate William Rubinstein’s Shadow Pasts: ‘Amateur Historians’ and History’s Mysteries (2007), a gem of a book he […]

Baron Munchhausen and Jack the Ripper September 21, 2010

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
Baron Munchhausen and Jack the Ripper

Beachcombing has long had a secret nemesis: Donald McCormick aka Richard Deacon, a British author. McCormick (1911-1998) wrote entertainingly on a bewildering series of topics including the Hell Fire Club, Mossad, Ian Fleming, the Kempa Tai and the death of Kitchener. Many of these books included doubtful elements: extremely valuable sources that no one else had ever […]