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Fools, Frauds and Firebrands: Thinkers of the New Left

Fools and Firebrandsby Roger Scruton (Bloomsbury, £16.99)

Despite its subtitle, this book by the conservative philosopher Roger Scruton is not a history of the “New Left.” The original New Left was an intellectual and political tendency that emerged in Britain in the mid-1950s after the Soviet Union’s crushing of the uprising in Hungary, and then reappeared in a different guise in the US during the following decade.

Scruton, though, casts his net much wider. Fools, Frauds and Firebrands (the title tells you everything you need to know) takes in thinkers as diverse as…

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