Lead book review

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

anthony powell

Anthony Powell gets the superb new biography he deserves

November 12, 2018 11:12 am

Anthony Powell: Dancing to the Music of Time by Hilary Spurling reviewed

germaine greer

Germaine Greer continues to shock and awe

November 1, 2018 6:01 pm

Germaine: The Life of Germaine Greer by Elizabeth Kleinhenz reviewed

philip larkin eva larkin

A little of Philip Larkin’s letters goes a long way

October 25, 2018 10:48 am

Philip Larkin: Letters Home, 1936–1977 reviewed

capitalism in america

Whatever America is searching for, Trump isn’t providing it

October 18, 2018 3:00 pm

Capitalism in America and These Truths reviewed

winston churchill andrew roberts

A generous new biography of the man who saved Britain in its darkest hour

October 4, 2018 7:28 am

Churchill: Walking with Destiny by Andrew Roberts reviewed

dairy Milk! A 10,000 Year Food Fracas by Mark Kurlansky reviewed

How scary is dairy?

August 23, 2018 8:14 am

Milk! A 10,000 Year Food Fracas by Mark Kurlansky reviewed

robert graves

Ménage à quatre with Robert Graves

August 16, 2018 1:12 pm

Robert Graves: From Great War Poet to Good-Bye to All That, 1895–1929 by Jean Moorcroft Wilson reviewed

The perfect guide to a book everyone should read

August 9, 2018 8:32 am

Dantes Divine Comedy by Ian Thomson reviewed.

Adam Smith analysed human behaviour, not economics, says Simon Heffer

July 19, 2018 1:01 pm

Jesse Norman debunks several myths about the founding father of economics.

The spying game: when has espionage changed the course of history?

June 28, 2018 4:33 pm

Andrew’s story is full of intriguing facts and pleasing anecdotes. But he does not quite engage with the broader questions he himself raises.