In praise of forgetting historical memory and its ironies by david rieff 145 pp yale university press 25 it was like the sound of rain the sound of firebombs dropping keiko utsumi . In praise of forgetting historical memory and its ironies david rieff in praise of forgetting is a long essay converted into a short book it might be an important book or at the very least it asks important questions but it is not a particularly well executed one. The title of david rieffs latest book in praise of forgetting perhaps obscures his measured and judicious consideration of history historical remembrance historical memory and forgetting. David rieff should be read by those in government and others who are bent on harnessing collective memory for the purposes of national commemoration hew strachan times literary supplement an astringent eloquent and sometimes moving essay on the virtues of forgetting . In his new book in praise of forgetting historical memory and its ironies journalist david rieff questions the idea that remembering the past is an inherently virtuous practice that will help
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