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.


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

British Politics

Parliament Without Power

Parliament Without Power

October 21, 2016

It’s important to restrict the power of government—any government. In

Politics

Speaking of Women

Speaking of Women

October 14, 2016

“You write novels. I can’t do that. I can only do this sort of thing,”

Sports

Fore Thought

Fore Thought

October 07, 2016

The American victory in the Ryder Cup was convincing and thoroughly deserved.

Idiocracy

To Hell With Safe Spaces

To Hell With Safe Spaces

September 30, 2016

Scene: The Cambridge University Union in, as I remember, 1958. The invited

Cultural Caviar

The Putin Fan Club

The Putin Fan Club

September 23, 2016

UKIP (United Kingdom Independence Party) achieved its primary goal in June when

International Affairs

Century of Turmoil

Century of Turmoil

September 16, 2016

A cease-fire in Syria brokered by the USA and Russia may hold for a bit, or it

Zeitgeist

Paradise Lost

Paradise Lost

September 09, 2016

The Bible tells us that our allotted span is threescore years and ten. Advances

Looking Back

One for the Ages

One for the Ages

September 02, 2016

Whatever the result of this decidedly odd presidential election may be, one

Sports

A Silent Boo for the Good Professor

A Silent Boo for the Good Professor

August 26, 2016

Sociologists often talk or write nonsense. Sometimes they dress up the bleeding

Cultural Caviar

A Noble Pursuit

A Noble Pursuit

August 19, 2016

Back in the 1960s, enthusiasm for Mao’s China was common on the left. Lots of

Sports

Coming Clean

Coming Clean

August 12, 2016

I was watching the synchronized diving—one does odd things at Olympics

Cultural Caviar

A Wee Change of Heart

A Wee Change of Heart

August 05, 2016

Donald Trump is half Scottish. His mother’s family had a croft—a

Cultural Caviar

Erdogan’s Fire

Erdogan’s Fire

July 29, 2016

I’m not the first to remark that the failed “coup” in Turkey is as useful

Tyranny

Turkey’s Tricky

Turkey’s Tricky

July 22, 2016

Turkey matters, for obvious reasons: its size (population: 80 million); its

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