RB embraced Trieste in our Cuckoo Press piece of 2013. Here is the fully-fledged version, with RB as hornist in the Ljubljana opera house, then as Times Foreign Correspondent in Vienna and Warsaw. A memoir of both ease and grit in the last decade of the Cold War, full of irony, subtlety and humour
The eminent Yale professor is a vociferous and learned defender of our institutions, under threat as they are from C21st propaganda and agitation. His exploration of what has happened in Ukraine in the last few years, among other things, leaves little room for doubt about Russian involvement in affairs at the heart of the US presidency. This is a brilliant analysis, and all the more disturbing because Snyder is an historian, not a journalist or politician.
We sold a great many of Havel’s collection ‘Living in Truth’ at Sandoe’s in 1990 because it taught us how totalitarian states worked. How astonishing to find it listed by Timothy Snyder (see below, Some of our Recent Favourites) in his ‘On Tyranny’ as the most essential book for people to learn how to protect their democracies. And that it is out of print… Here, however is a reprint of the central essay – with an introduction by Snyder.