Throughout William Gibson's Spook Country Milgrim is reading a book he found in the pocket of the coat he stole. Its a 1961 history of messianic medieval history.

Has anyone managed to identify the book?


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I tweeted William Gibson @GreatDismal, including a link to this page. He has just answered "that one" (i.e. the one mentioned here above).

Original tweet:

@GreatDismal What book is Milgrim reading in William Gibson's Spook Country?


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So it is indeed The Pursuit of the Millennium: Revolutionary Messianism in Medieval and Reformation Europe and its Bearing on Modern Totalitarian Movements by Norman Cohn, as found by sjl.

  • Thanks for the constructive answer. I had found the book title but hadn't been able to get a copy to read and didn't want to jump to conclusions.
    – Stevetech
    Dec 18, 2012 at 17:41
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    Primary_source = awesome.
    – sjl
    Dec 18, 2012 at 19:29
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    guess what I'm getting for Christmas
    – Stevetech
    Dec 18, 2012 at 19:56

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