Lead book review

prison

Shades of the prison house: the ghosts of suicides fill Britain’s prisons

February 20, 2020 12:37 pm

A Bit of a Stretch: The Secret Diaries of a Prisoner by Chris Atkins reviewed

calamity jane

The real Calamity Jane was distressingly unlike her legend

February 6, 2020 12:22 am

Calamity: The Many Lives of Calamity Jane by Karen R. Jones reviewed

dresden

Was Dresden a war crime?

January 30, 2020 1:59 pm

The Fire and the Darkness: The Bombing of Dresden, 1945 by Sinclair McKay reviewed

hardwick

Carrying on loving: Elizabeth Hardwick’s and Robert Lowell’s remarkable correspondence throughout the 1970s

January 16, 2020 1:35 pm

The Dolphin Letters, 1970-1979: Elizabeth Hardwick, Robert Lowell, and Their Circle by Elizabeth Hardwick and Robert Lowell reviewed

hero

Who are today’s fictional heroes?

December 19, 2019 9:00 am

The Hero by Lee Child reviewed

cartier

When Cartier was the girls’ best friend

November 28, 2019 12:12 am

The Cartiers: The Untold Story of the Family Behind the Jewelry Empire by Francesca Cartier Brickell reviewed

charlie hebdo

The carnage inside Charlie Hebdo: an eyewitness’s account of the attack

November 21, 2019 1:26 pm

Disturbance: Surviving Charlie Hebdo by Philippe Lançon reviewed

china

Three remarkable sisters at the heart of 20th-century Chinese politics

October 10, 2019 12:14 pm

Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister: Three Women at the Heart of Twentieth-Century China by Jung Chang reviewed

sea

Man’s first instinct has always been to return to the sea

October 3, 2019 2:36 pm

The Boundless Sea: A Human History of the Oceans and The Outlaw Ocean: Crime and Survival in the Last Untamed Frontier reviewed

debbie harry blondie

Blondie ambition

September 30, 2019 11:51 am

Face It by Debbie Harry reviewed

islamic

The best of journeys: Justin Marozzi’s monumental trek through the history of the Muslim world

September 19, 2019 12:08 pm

Islamic Empires: Fifteen Cities that Define a Civilization by Justin Marozzi reviewed

cold war

Novel explosives of the Cold War

August 22, 2019 8:49 am

Cold Warriors: Writers Who Waged the Literary Cold War by Duncan White reviewed

twittering

Web of deceit: disinformation could prove the most powerful weapon of all

August 1, 2019 3:38 pm

This Is Not Propaganda: Adventures in the War Against Reality and The Twittering Machine reviewed

nickel boys

America’s brutal borstals

July 25, 2019 11:47 am

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead reviewed

muhammad

Hostility to Islam has disguised a host of other prejudices

June 6, 2019 6:54 am

Faces of Muhammad: Western Perceptions of the Prophet of Islam from the Middle Ages to Today by John Tolan reviewed

technological

Towards a technological utopia

May 23, 2019 5:06 pm

Make, Think, Imagine: Engineering the Future of Civilization by John Browne reviewed

richard holbrooke

How to lose friends and alienate people: Richard Holbrooke was a past master

May 9, 2019 4:02 pm

Our Man: Richard Holbrooke and the End of the American Century by George Packer reviewed

richard sorge

Richard Sorge: the Soviet Union’s master spy

March 14, 2019 9:22 am

An Impeccable Spy: Richard Sorge, Stalin’s Master Agent by Owen Matthews reviewed

hungary

Hungary is being led once again down a dangerous nationalistic path

January 10, 2019 1:36 pm

Hungary: A Short History by Norman Stone reviewed

calouste gulbenkian

How Calouste Gulbenkian became the richest man in the world

January 3, 2019 8:24 am

Mr Five Per Cent: The Many Lives of Calouste Gulbenkian, the World’s Richest Man by Jonathan Conlin reviewed

speeches

Words to rally and inspire: stirring speeches from Elizabeth I to the present

December 13, 2018 2:38 pm

Speeches of Note: An Eclectic Collection of Orations Deserving of a Wider Audience by Shaun Usher reviewed

edward gorey

Edward Gorey: master of the macabre

December 6, 2018 1:17 pm

Born to Be Posthumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey by Mark Dery reviewed

wesley yang

The first manifesto of the next neoconservatism

December 5, 2018 11:31 am

The Souls of Yellow Folk: Essays by Wesley Yang reviewed

michelle obama

Michelle Obama: ‘I was happy that Barack’s career came first’

November 29, 2018 2:40 pm

Becoming by Michelle Obama reviewed

hermann hesse

Hermann the Good German: the mystic life of Hermann Hesse

November 22, 2018 2:58 pm

Hesse: The Wanderer and His Shadow by Gunnar Decker reviewed