Kate Saffin

Book Review: Modern Italy in Historical Perspective

Europe has paid close attention to Italy in recent months, in the wake of an inconclusive election that created much uncertainty. In Modern Italy in Historical Perspective, Nick Carter takes a close look at Italy’s troubled history, tracing the roots of current problems such as corruption and organized crime. Kate Saffin finds the book to be a detailed history of […]

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Book Review: Media and Terrorism: Global Perspectives, edited by Des Freedman and Daya Kishan Thussa

Media and Terrorism: Global Perspectives is an insightful addition to the discussion about how we define legitimate and illegitimate targets in war, and what part the media has played in both the public and policy makers ideas about these decisions. Reviewed by Kate Saffin.   Media and Terrorism: Global Perspectives. Edited by Des Freedman and Daya Kishan Thussa. Sage Publications. […]

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Book Review: Political leadership in France: From Charles de Gaulle to Nicolas Sarkozy by John Gaffney

In this passionate and exciting account of recent French politics, John Gaffney considers what Charles de Gaulle’s ideas and personality continue to mean for France. Fascinating accounts of the backgrounds and motivations behind Ségolène Royal and Nicolas Sarkozy make this essential reading for those looking to sharpen up their knowledge of French political history, finds Kate Saffin. Political leadership in France: From […]

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Book Review: The Liberty of Servants: Berlusconi’s Italy by Maurizio Viroli

Silvio Berlusconi turned Italy’s government into a medieval court and its people into servants, argues Maurizio Viroli. His latest book details the anti-democratic effects of the now ex-Prime Minister’s regime, and makes a passionate call for a civic rebirth in his homeland. Kate Saffin feels that Viroli’s ideas about what went so wrong in Italy need to be heeded if the […]

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