Allan Massie

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Allan Massie is an author and journalist. He has written more than twenty novels, most recently the Bordeaux Quartet, crime novels set in France during the years of the German Occupation 1940-45. He reviews books for The Wall Street Journal, The Scotsman and The Spectator. He lives with his wife in the Scottish Borders, and is a Commander of the Order of the British Empire and a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.


Britain

Our Slippery Prime Minister

Our Slippery Prime Minister

April 21, 2017

“The lady’s not for turning,” famously declared Margaret Thatcher, and to

Looking Back

War is Hell

War is Hell

April 14, 2017

Thinking about Syria, I’ve been rereading The End: The Defiance and

International Affairs

The Nuclear Gamble

The Nuclear Gamble

April 07, 2017

Harry Truman was in the White House and Donald Trump hadn’t yet been

Obit

A Complicated Eulogy

A Complicated Eulogy

March 31, 2017

It would have been a surprise if the obituaries of Martin McGuinness, chief of

Elections

Vive le Choix

Vive le Choix

March 24, 2017

The Fifth French Republic was the creation of General de Gaulle. Contemptuous

Cultural Caviar

A Recipe for Relief

A Recipe for Relief

March 17, 2017

The combination of Brexit and an imminent second Scottish independence

Britain

From Brexit to Breakdown

From Brexit to Breakdown

March 10, 2017

The United Kingdom isn’t as old as most people seem to think it is. In its

Britain

A Radical Thought

A Radical Thought

March 03, 2017

History doesn’t repeat itself. Nevertheless, comparisons between the present

Britain

Blair Is Back

Blair Is Back

February 24, 2017

Tony Blair sought to return to frontline politics last week with a speech to

Europe

French Twists

French Twists

February 17, 2017

The Fifth French Republic was created in 1959 by General de Gaulle, and its

Afternoon Delight

No Other Dog Would Do

No Other Dog Would Do

February 10, 2017

For too many months, for the first time in forty years, we were without a dog.

Deep Thoughts

Is That a Fact?

Is That a Fact?

February 03, 2017

When I was young and writing history essays, I kept a store of useful

International Affairs

Separated By a Common Language

Separated By a Common Language

January 27, 2017

Theresa May is clearly delighted to be the first foreign leader to meet

Looking Back

The Importance of Being Ernest

The Importance of Being Ernest

January 20, 2017

Like many who had read, enjoyed, and admired Hemingway, I read A.E.

Russia Watch

A New Way to Approach the Bear

A New Way to Approach the Bear

January 13, 2017

Orwell once wrote that he had never managed to dislike Hitler personally; there

Two States

The Solution Slips Further Away

The Solution Slips Further Away

January 06, 2017

In 1922 Churchill told the House of Commons that “The whole map of Europe has

Middle East Conflict

The View From the Sidelines

The View From the Sidelines

December 30, 2016

Can anyone make sense of the Middle East? Certainly those of us who perforce

Elections

Back to Business

Back to Business

December 23, 2016

The Electoral College has spoken, and it’s full steam ahead for

Injured Parties

Nonsense by Degrees

Nonsense by Degrees

December 16, 2016

Almost twenty years ago, a young man called Faiz Siddique went up to Brasenose

International Affairs

Boughs of Folly

Boughs of Folly

December 09, 2016

It’s more than forty years since Barbara W. Tuchman published her

Terror!

Downgrade ISIS

Downgrade ISIS

December 02, 2016

Counting unhatched chickens is rash. Nevertheless, it does seem that ISIS is

Cultural Caviar

Light ’Em Up

Light ’Em Up

November 25, 2016

The Victorian poet Arthur Hugh Clough offered an update of the Ten

Two States

Nothing Special

Nothing Special

November 18, 2016

There was some mild anxiety when it was revealed that Mr. Trump, as

Ideology

The Islam Exception

The Islam Exception

November 11, 2016

Louis Smith is a British gymnast who won a silver medal in the Rio Olympics. He

Elections

Democracy Will Survive

Democracy Will Survive

November 04, 2016

This morning (Nov. 1) The Times (London, not New York) had a gloomy leading

International Affairs

No Rallying the Troops

No Rallying the Troops

October 28, 2016

There were some 50,000 casualties in the three-day Battle of Gettysburg, more

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