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The Appetite of Tyranny: Including Letters to an Old Garibaldian

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Published 2004 by Public Domain Books (first published March 1st 1915)
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Jim
Feb 12, 2013 Jim rated it liked it
Shelves: chesterton, politics
It is never fun to find fault with one's favorite writers. G K Chesterton, however, is such a prolific author that one can, without too much difficulty, find some pretty dicey volumes in the lot. The Appetite of Tyranny: Including Letters to an Old Garibaldian is one of several books that its author wrote around the beginning of World War I that represent a low point in his opus.

Granted that England was in a particularly bloody war with Germany at the time, but a book consisting of nothing but p
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Mckinley
Jul 26, 2016 Mckinley rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Anti-German propaganda in part. Understandable since from 1910s. Fair amount of opinions along with factual reasoning. Expected more.
PD
Feb 21, 2012 PD rated it liked it
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Chesterton does not disappoint. This short writing deals with the European national and political dynamics before WWI.

I must admit I lack enough historical understanding of this time to always follow Chesterton's opinions and criticisms.

Perhaps, if this had been written today it would not be well received. Our ears would potentially hear too much ethnocentrism and borderline racism. This is not Chesterton's intention or his method, though it is quite evident o
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Emily
Nov 08, 2015 Emily rated it it was ok
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This was ok, I think. Not one of his best, though my interpretation of its value is hindered significantly by my woeful ignorance of the politics surrounding the beginning of WWI and the life of G.K. Chesterton. I was also put off by some of his generalizations about various countries and people, including his own, which sounded to my modern ear a lot like racism. Perhaps this is partially the result of a lifetime of training in political correctness and taboo words, but at least some of his ...more
Maggie
Mar 23, 2009 Maggie rated it liked it
there is always something worth learning by reading old writings. Chesterton is a reliable source for clear thinking of which his principles can be applied even if the details (for today's world) are different. but of course who today would take the time to read seemingly passe' works? oh. well. that would be me. *chuckle*
Andrea Hickman Walker
This is very interesting - my interest in the Great War mainly stems from the ways in which it caused the Second World War to occur. I found it particularly interesting that in this instance the UK stood by the treaty they had signed and I wonder how directly that fed into the policy of appeasement that delayed the start of and lengthened WWII.
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Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) was born in London, educated at St. Paul’s, and went to art school at University College London. In 1900, he was asked to contribute a few magazine articles on art criticism, and went on to become one of the most prolific writers of all time. He wrote a hundred books, contributions to 200 more, hundreds of poems, including the epic Ballad of the White Horse, fi ...more
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