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The Oil Cringe of the West: The Collected Essays and Reviews of J.B. Kelly Vol. 2
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The Impact of Islam
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Sir Walter Scott's Crusades and Other Fantasies
by Ibn Warraq
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edited by S.B. Kelly
The Literary Culture of France
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Farewell Fear
by Theodore Dalrymple
The Eagle and The Bible: Lessons in Liberty from Holy Writ
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The West Speaks
interviews by Jerry Gordon
Mohammed and Charlemagne Revisited: The History of a Controversy
Emmet Scott
Why the West is Best: A Muslim Apostate's Defense of Liberal Democracy
Ibn Warraq
Anything Goes
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Karimi Hotel
De Nidra Poller
The Left is Seldom Right
by Norman Berdichevsky
Allah is Dead: Why Islam is Not a Religion
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Virgins? What Virgins?: And Other Essays
by Ibn Warraq
An Introduction to Danish Culture
by Norman Berdichevsky
The New Vichy Syndrome:
by Theodore Dalrymple
Jihad and Genocide
by Richard L. Rubenstein
Spanish Vignettes: An Offbeat Look Into Spain's Culture, Society & History
by Norman Berdichevsky

Here are the Blogs in the Theodore Dalrymple category.
Sunday, 14 July 2013
On the whole I am not much in favour of mass demonstrations. When they lead to the overthrow of governments they are often followed by worse governments than the ones overthrown; and for every person who is against oppression there are ten who merely believe that the wrong people are being oppressed ...Read More...
Posted on 07/14/2013 5:47 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Saturday, 13 July 2013
Having reached the age of cancer, ever more of my acquaintances seem to be coming down with it. When they are very ill I am unsure whether they would find a visit intrusive or comforting, or even whether my delicacy in this matter is more for my sake than for theirs. Do they want me to come or not? ...Read More...
Posted on 07/13/2013 5:40 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Friday, 12 July 2013
Autobiographical confidences should be either amusing and instructive or eschewed completely; and the reasons why I should recently have read many books about Richard III fall into the latter category. Suffice it to say that one of the books I read was Josephine Tey’s The Daughter of Time, a novel ...Read More...
Posted on 07/12/2013 5:09 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Wednesday, 10 July 2013
One does not, perhaps, expect many writers to have been executives in shoe retailing chains, or many executives in shoe retailing chains to have been writers, but Arthur Maling (born 1923) was one such. Whether he wrote his thrillers to escape the humdrum, or was an executive in order to fund his writing, ...Read More...
Posted on 07/10/2013 5:29 PM by Theodore Dalrymple
Monday, 8 July 2013
When Dr Watson first describes the character of Sherlock Holmes, he presents the man who is soon to become his friend as a complete philistine where literature and philosophy are concerned. The detective is not an ignoramus, exactly, for he has at his disposal a wide range of arcana: but his islands ...Read More...
Posted on 07/08/2013 9:22 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Sunday, 7 July 2013
Recent events in Turkey ought remind us, if we needed reminding, that freedom and parliamentary democracy are not identical, though many people mistake the one for the other. But if by parliamentary democracy we mean merely government legitimated by a majority of the votes every few years, there is ...Read More...
Posted on 07/07/2013 5:28 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Saturday, 1 June 2013
If there is one group of people among whom whining is less becoming than another, it is artists. Are they not supposed to suffer, or at least be prepared to suffer, for the sake of their art? Is not a long period of impoverishment and rejection the mark of all great artists? Not these days, it seems. ...Read More...
Posted on 06/01/2013 6:03 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Monday, 27 May 2013
If anyone were to doubt that the modern British are the least attractive people in the world I would recommend that he spent a couple of hours in the departure lounge of Manchester Airport. Actually, a few minutes would be enough to convince him. The airport itself is, of course, perfectly hideous. ...Read More...
Posted on 05/27/2013 5:18 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Thursday, 23 May 2013
Somerset Maugham, the great doctor-author, once said that he would rather read a railway timetable than nothing at all, and I am of that ilk. One of the few lessons that life has taught me is never to go anywhere without a book, for then delay cannot irritate, and indeed (if it is a good book) can delight. ...Read More...
Posted on 05/23/2013 6:04 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Sunday, 19 May 2013
Not long ago I bought a book, published in 1922, entitled Syphilis of the Innocent. Needless to say, the title implied a corollary: for if syphilis could be contracted by the innocent (as, for example, in the congenital form of the disease), it could also be contracted by the guilty. In general, however, ...Read More...
Posted on 05/19/2013 5:32 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Friday, 17 May 2013
IF you ask someone who is in favour of "the European project" what that project actually is, he will not reply: "The creation of a large and powerful unitary state without any unnecessary interference from populations that, because of their ignorance and stupidity, see no need for it" ...Read More...
Posted on 05/17/2013 6:07 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Monday, 13 May 2013
Retirement comes to us all, even to Sir Alex Ferguson, perhaps the most successful football manager of all time. It was not always so by any means: when the state old-age pension was introduced, it was in the rather mean-spirited expectation that few people would reach the age to enjoy it. Nowadays ...Read More...
Posted on 05/13/2013 9:02 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Sunday, 12 May 2013
Does practice really make perfect? Does it even lead to improvement? One feels instinctively that it should, that the more experience a physician has, the better for the patient. Much of the skill of diagnosis is pattern-recognition rather than complex intellectual detection, and it follows that the ...Read More...
Posted on 05/12/2013 5:12 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Thursday, 9 May 2013
One learns a lot from casual encounters. The other day, for example, I learnt from the lady next to me on the train from Paris to Zurich that very some very rich women, Russians principally, sew their underwear with diamonds and other precious stones: and not just any old diamonds or stones, but whoppers, ...Read More...
Posted on 05/09/2013 5:17 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Wednesday, 8 May 2013
In his autobiography, John Stuart Mill relates the mental crisis that he experienced as a young man when he asked himself whether he would be happy if all the reforms that he thought necessary were granted or achieved. Would they necessarily fulfill him? The answer, obviously, was ‘No,’ ...Read More...
Posted on 05/08/2013 6:10 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Monday, 6 May 2013
There was a time in my country when, among other unpleasant duties, the prison doctor was required to assess prisoners for their fitness for execution. Needless to say, not much attention was paid in medical school to this particular skill: the physician was on his own because in those days there were ...Read More...
Posted on 05/06/2013 6:03 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Saturday, 4 May 2013
Words, said Hobbes, are wise men’s counters, but they are the money of fools. How, then, are we to explain widespread verbal inflation? By the prevalence of fools? But who, exactly, are the fools? Those who utter the inflated words or those who listen to them? No doubt there is a dialectical ...Read More...
Posted on 05/04/2013 5:22 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Friday, 3 May 2013
The picture of the little boy killed by one of the bombs in Boston has gone round the world and is particularly poignant. How could anyone have done such a thing to so innocent a child? This is a natural emotional response. But is it a morally appropriate response, however natural it might be? I am ...Read More...
Posted on 05/03/2013 5:06 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Thursday, 2 May 2013
Pain is obviously one of the most important symptoms with which doctors deal, but measuring its severity objectively is difficult. Some people turn a twinge into agony, while others raise not a murmur in the last extremities of torture. And it is universally accepted that a person’s psychological ...Read More...
Posted on 05/02/2013 5:02 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Saturday, 27 April 2013
If the incompetence of the credit-rating agencies needed further proof, Moody’s recent downgrading of Britain would have provided it. It was not the downgrading that showed Moody’s incompetence, however; it was the high ranking that it had accorded Britain in the first place. Britain has ...Read More...
Posted on 04/27/2013 4:07 PM by Theodore Dalrymple
Thursday, 25 April 2013
Recently I flew from a provincial British airport, taking a cup of coffee in a café there before the flight. I was served by a man who, if I had had a child young enough and if that child had had a child young enough, could have been my grandson. ‘What do you want, mate?’ he asked ...Read More...
Posted on 04/25/2013 9:37 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Wednesday, 24 April 2013
Having recently returned from Madrid, I confess that I saw little evidence of the Mediterranean diet being consumed there (apart, that is, from the red wine): though, of course, Madrid is in the middle of the peninsula, far from the Mediterranean. Perhaps things are different on the coast. Nevertheless, ...Read More...
Posted on 04/24/2013 5:23 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Tuesday, 23 April 2013
When I was young banks were as solid as a rock and those who managed them were respectable if slightly boring members of the community (probity being the dullest of virtues). Nowadays, however, I doubt that the words ‘bank’ or ‘banker’ would evoke many flattering epithets or ...Read More...
Posted on 04/23/2013 5:15 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Saturday, 20 April 2013
The second time I met Margaret Thatcher, she remembered who I was from the first time. She even remembered what I had said on that occasion, which is more than I can say myself. Not being a world-historical figure, I naturally found this all very flattering. And, in fact, she had flattered me the first ...Read More...
Posted on 04/20/2013 5:41 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Wednesday, 17 April 2013
The unexamined life, said Socrates, is not worth living; but sometimes I wonder whether the too-closely examined life is not worth living either, for examination uncovers dilemmas where none existed before. Two articles in a recent edition of the New England Journal of Medicine ask the question of ...Read More...
Posted on 04/17/2013 4:56 AM by Theodore Dalrymple

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