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Whose war is it anyway?

David Daiches, 24 August 1995

Days of Anger, Days of Hope: A Memoir of the League of American Writers, 1937-1942 
by Franklin Folsom.
Colorado, 376 pp., £24.50, July 1994, 0 585 03686 1
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... their naive enthusiasm for the USSR. The League of American Writers, however, did not change tack. Franklin Folsom, in this history of the League, puts the case for its consistent neutrality in a series of rather curious arguments. He concedes that the Moscow pact shocked some, but ‘the Soviet Union seemed to be a basically good society, and we hated to ...

Unhappy Man

P.N. Furbank, 22 July 1993

The Lives of Michel Foucault 
by David Macey.
Hutchinson, 599 pp., £20, June 1993, 0 09 175344 9
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The Passion of Michel Foucault 
by James Miller.
HarperCollins, 491 pp., £18, June 1993, 0 00 255267 1
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... as historian and philosopher). He is to be found appealing, almost like a Lilburne or Benjamin Franklin, to human ‘rights’, an oddly anachronistic concept; ready, too, to invoke those obfuscating concepts ‘bourgeoisie’, ‘proletariat’ and ‘the masses’, terms that cry out for his own brand of deconstruction. One feels, again, about his theory ...

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