What the books in our Zoom backgrounds really say about us

November 30, 2020 12:09 pm

The background has overtaken the foreground as a measure of who we are


A tinpot Caesar

November 29, 2020 9:42 am

Mussolini’s War: Fascist Italy from Triumph to Collapse, 1935-1943 by John Gooch reviewed

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Barack Obama is the centrist dad’s centrist dad

November 26, 2020 11:23 am

A Promised Land by Barack Obama reviewed

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The pathetic attempt to cancel Jordan Peterson

November 25, 2020 2:01 pm

If these people cannot deal with the existence of views different to their own, they probably shouldn’t work in publishing

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A brutal education

November 19, 2020 8:43 am

At Night All Blood is Black by David Diop reviewed

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Shirley Hazzard showed poise and wit

November 19, 2020 8:34 am

Collected Stories by Shirley Hazzard reviewed

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Harold Bloom finally betrays how little he really understood literature

November 19, 2020 8:22 am

Take Arms Against a Sea of Troubles: The Power of the Reader’s Mind Over a Universe of Death by Harold Bloom reviewed

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Capital entertainment

November 14, 2020 11:24 am

London’s West End: Creating the Pleasure District, 1800-1914 by Rohan McWilliam reviewed


Middle-age crisis

November 13, 2020 5:29 pm

The Light Ages: The Surprising Story of Medieval Science by Seb Falk reviewed

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The courage of a madman: Maurice Wilson’s doomed assault on Everest

November 12, 2020 9:19 am

The Moth and the Mountain: A True Story of Love, War and Everest by Ed Caesar reviewed

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The author in full: Tom Wolfe

November 11, 2020 2:42 pm

Wolfe excelled at capturing human foibles and petty vanities; anything deeper than that escaped him


A 13th-century guide to fraud and skulduggery

November 5, 2020 3:35 pm

The Book of Charlatans by Jamal al-Din Abd al-Rahim al-Jawbari reviewed

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Roman bloodbaths

October 31, 2020 7:00 pm

The Last Assassin: The Hunt for the Killers of Julius Caesar by Peter Stothard reviewed


Lambs to the slaughter: the fiasco of the Dieppe Raid, August 1942

October 29, 2020 9:34 am

One Day in August: Ian Fleming, Enigma and the Deadly Raid on Dieppe by David O’Keefe reviewed


Too much sound and fury in Christopher Nolan’s movies

October 29, 2020 9:32 am

The Nolan Variations: The Movies, Mysteries and Marvels of Christopher Nolan by Tom Shone reviewed


Why should The Strand survive?

October 26, 2020 11:54 am

It has become another improbable victim of the culture wars


Ivan Morozov: the Russian businessman with a passion for the avant-garde

October 22, 2020 9:40 am

Morozov: The Story of a Family and a Lost Collection by Natalya Semenova reviewed

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A Jack Reacher travesty

October 22, 2020 9:36 am

The Sentinel by Lee Child and Andrew Child reviewed


Cyber apocalypse

October 22, 2020 9:33 am

The Silence by Don DeLillo reviewed

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The gospel of separation according to Malcolm X

October 22, 2020 9:30 am

The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X by Les Payne and Tamara Payne reviewed


The scholars who solved the riddles in the sands

October 22, 2020 9:26 am

A World Beneath the Sands: The Golden Age of Egyptology by Toby Wilkinson reviewed


Days of glory

October 20, 2020 5:34 pm

Ravenna: Capital of Empire, Crucible of Europe by Judith Herrin reviewed


Their Majesties the Presidents

October 16, 2020 5:51 pm

Gimson’s Presidents: Brief Lives from Washington to Trump by Andrew Gimson reviewed

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Andrew Cuomo’s revisionist history

October 16, 2020 9:25 am

American Crisis: Leadership Lessons From the COVID-19 Pandemic by Andrew Cuomo reviewed


A passion for pastiche: China’s Potemkin villages

October 15, 2020 9:30 am

Fake Heritage: Why We Rebuild Monuments by John Darlington reviewed