Lead book review

Enduring life under Chairman Mao

May 3, 2018 7:26 pm

Rao Pingru is 94, and a born storyteller. His gripping graphic narrative weaves in and out of the violent, disruptive…

The most bizarre museum heist ever

April 26, 2018 7:31 pm

They don’t look like a natural pair. First there’s the author, Kirk Wallace Johnson, a hero of America’s war in…

Texas: the myriad contradictions of the Lone Star state

April 19, 2018 1:40 pm

The subtitle of Lawrence Wright’s splendid God Save Texas (‘A Journey into the Future of America’) would be alarming if…

The codes and codswallop surrounding Leonardo da Vinci

April 13, 2018 11:59 am

‘If you look at walls soiled with a variety of stains or at stones with variegated patterns,’ Leonardo da Vinci…

1968 and the summer of our discontent

April 5, 2018 10:52 am

’68 will do as shorthand. Most of ’68, as it were, didn’t happen in 1968. It was, at most, the…

Napoleon’s dazzling victories invited a devastating backlash

March 8, 2018 9:00 am

On 20 July 1805, just three months before the battle of Trafalgar destroyed a combined French and Spanish fleet, the…