Books

The Aftermath
February 01, 2012

Kwasi Kwarteng, in his vivid and stimulating book, takes a fresh approach to "the great gabbed-up British Empire," moving the argument on from the Emp

Rushing to Ruin
January 31, 2012

It was under Nero that Lucan produced the first three books of an epic poem laced with political satire, a poem devoid of divine machinery and high-mi

The Pains of the Pioneers
January 30, 2012

Dorothy Thompson and Rebecca West were both women, and world-famous journalists, and politically outspoken, and involved with men who treated them bad

Start Worrying
January 26, 2012

A year after the uprising that overthrew Egyptian strongman Hosni Mubarak, Cairo’s Tahrir Square has become an international symbol of human revolt. I

The True Lies of Totalitarian North Korea
January 25, 2012

When the videos of North Koreans weeping hysterically in the streets of Pyongyang circulated on YouTube last month in the wake of Kim Jong-il’s death, few Western onlookers knew what to make of them. Most of us seem to have assumed that the tears were fake, produced on command—an interpretation backed up by one of the best books recently to appear on the subject of North Korea, Barbara Demick’s Nothing to Envy, which describes manufactured public grief in 1994 after Kim Il-sung’s death.

The Rivals
January 25, 2012

Monty and Rommel: Parallel Lives is a wonderful mine of information for fans of either general. All told, the author’s central purpose is achieved wit

Lovers and Jews
January 24, 2012

In defiance of the Holocaust, Giorgio Bassani claims the Jamesian right to draw the circumference of the story where he wants it, where it is most art

A Tale of Two Men
January 23, 2012

It was not until December 25, 1991, that the red flag was lowered for the last time and the Soviet Union was effectively declared dead. Conor O’Clery’

It’s A Man’s World
January 19, 2012

Serious readers tend to believe, not wrongly, that books by pundits such as Chris Matthews aren’t worth much thought. But Matthews’s biography of John

Thriller Default Swaps
January 18, 2012

In The Fear Index, Robert Harris offers his take on the financial crisis that has engulfed the developed world. Unfortnately, this is not Harris’s bes

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