Ian Gordon Malcomson

Hall of Fame Reviewer - 2011 2012 2013 2014
The Mighty Hvita On Its Way to the Sea
Top Reviewer Ranking: 10
Helpful votes received on reviews: 88% (2,090 of 2,378)
Location: Victoria, BC
In My Own Words:
I am an avid reader who likes a broad range of economic, historical and political commentary, with some historic fiction thrown in for good measure. My favorite authors are Graham Greene, Max Hastings, Nial Ferguson and Roddy Doyle. I Have a strong Christian faith that does not prevent me from delving into a wide range of secular topics in order to educate myself on the changing landscapes of life… Read more



Top Reviewer Ranking: 10 - Total Helpful Votes: 2090 of 2378
Revolutionary Russia, 1891-1991: A History by Orlando Figes
Historian Orlando Figes offers us one very candid and comprehensive view of the Russian Revolution from start to finish, covering what he reckons is the real context of the historical narrative: one hundred years of unrest, miscalculation, ineptitude, cruelty, propaganda, and continual failure for all parties to the piece. For Figes, this 'great' experiment in political and social restructuring of a nation cannot be understood by looking at one moment in time, i.e the storming of the Winter Palace in October 1917. Instead, there is a litany of events that come together to weave an intricate pattern of cataclysmic change that even the victorious Bolsheviks had a hard time figuring out as… Read more
Just Send Me Word: A True Story of Love and Surviv&hellip by Orlando Figes
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Overcoming Tyranny, Aug. 17 2014
Lev and Sveta were two modern Russian lovebirds who honed their affection for each other under the most trying and harrowing of circumstances: living apart for ten years while one was serving time for political crimes in the far reaches of the Soviet Gulag. Their story is one of undying love for each other as they found ways to kindle the flames of hope that they would eventually be reunited. Historian Orlando Figes, a very fine historian on eastern European history, does a good job reconstructing this very complex story that has as many twists as Longfellow's "Evangeline". First, the reader is introduced to two highly intelligent individuals studying to be engineers in the midst of the… Read more
Crossing the Bay of Bengal by Sunil S. Amrith
Crossing the Bay of Bengal by Sunil S. Amrith
The power of any good historical analysis is found in the historian's ability first to accurately recreate the past and, second, to subject it to rigorous but reasonable evaluation. On both counts, Amrith has succeeded in showing that the history of prominent regions like the Bay of Bengal is not only just a convenient cultural express that contains a host of different ethnic and geopolitical interests living in proximity to each other. Instead, the Bay of Bengal is more a diverse historical concept consisting of interacting forces that continue to this day to redefine it in ways never imagined back in the eighteenth century. Back then, this massive body of saltwater defining the shoreline… Read more

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