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Mike Marqusee: The Ancient Argument between Bat and Ball, 18 August 1994

... Imran has been vindicated by the drama which recently unfolded around the unlikely figure of Mike Atherton, who had seemed destined to become the most widely respected England captain since Mike Brearley. Then came the Saturday of the Lord’s Test. After lunch, the visitors dug in to extend their first innings ...

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Mike Marqusee: On the Indian Plague of 1994, 8 December 1994

... I am satisfied the war is over,’ declared N.K. Sharma, the World Health Organisation representative in India. Certainly the war against the plague has disappeared from the newspapers and the airwaves. Business India, the fortnightly gospel of the country’s burgeoning corporate sector, questioned whether there had been a plague epidemic at all ...

Labour Blues

Ross McKibbin, 11 February 1993

Defeat from the Jaws of Victory: Inside Neil Kinnock’s Labour Party 
by Richard Heffernan and Mike Marqusee.
Verso, 344 pp., £9.95, November 1992, 0 86091 351 1
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... and methods can be rivalled only by that of Bernard Ingham’ etc. In fact, although Heffernan and Marqusee have written the book in an ‘openly partisan spirit’ (we ‘have an indictment to make and we make no apologies for pursuing it single-mindedly’) its tone is usually less intemperate than the publisher’s. Yet the press release, if more ...

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Tariq Ali: The Future of Cricket, 12 March 2009

... went on, with the help of a few umpires who found it difficult to rise above ancient prejudices. Mike Marqusee was harsh but accurate when he wrote in Anyone but England (1994) that ‘the hypocrisy of the English takes root early in cricket, and is one of the things that makes English cricket English – the way it lies about itself to itself.’ In ...

Forget the Dylai Lama

Thomas Jones: Bob Dylan, 6 November 2003

Dylan's Visions of Sin 
by Christopher Ricks.
Viking, 517 pp., £25, October 2003, 9780670801336
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... the Cuban Crisis didn’t in fact ‘precipitate’ (a nicely chosen word) the song, which, as Mike Marqusee points out,2 Dylan performed at Carnegie Hall a month before the Soviet missiles were spotted on Cuba. It was, however, precipitated by the tensions of the Cold War, and it’s no surprise that it should have been hitched so quickly to a ...

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