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R.W. Johnson: Roosevelt’s Secret War: FDR and World War Two Espionage by Joseph Persico., 4 April 2002

Roosevelt’s Secret War: FDR and World War Two Espionage 
by Joseph Persico.
Random House, 656 pp., £24.50, October 2001, 0 375 50246 7
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... Ickes replied, ‘because you won’t talk frankly, even with people who are loyal to you.’ Joseph Persico, whose admiration for FDR, like that of many Americans, is close to hero-worship, treats FDR’s endless deceptions and tricks with indulgence. John Steinbeck, whom FDR once persuaded to do some spying for him in Mexico, came to the conclusion ...

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Nicholas Penny: Painting in Marble, 20 May 2021

Painting in Stone: Architecture and the Poetics of Marble from Antiquity to the Enlightenment 
by Fabio Barry.
Yale, 438 pp., £50, October 2020, 978 0 300 24816 6
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... columns, one of pavonazzo marble (white, with exquisite purple veins), the other of fior di persico (resembling damson mixed with cream), are given the prominence of sacred images. ‘Breccia corallina’ from Turkey.  University of Oxford, Museum of Natural History In many parts of the cathedral the marble revetments are book-matched – that ...

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