Why do the Japanese despise sex?

April 5, 2018 10:51 am

There are two sorts of people: those who can’t wait to grow up, and those who wish they never had…

How Christianity saw off its rivals and became the universal church

March 30, 2018 3:47 pm

It thrived by killing off the opposition, says Bart Ehrman. But it also appealed to Rome’s enslaved masses

Are the French right to be obsessed with their Gaulish ancestry?

March 30, 2018 3:38 pm

In Cultural Dementia, David Andress argues that if the West loses its sense of history it risks losing everything

Who knew that Arabic has more than 30 words for wine?

March 30, 2018 3:31 pm

You know you’re in good hands when the dedication reads: ‘To the writers, drinkers and freethinkers of the Arab and…

The Raven – bird of ill omen

March 22, 2018 5:16 pm

With bird books the more personal the better. Joe Shute was once a crime correspondent and is today a Telegraph…

From persecutor to preacher: the journey of St Paul

March 22, 2018 3:56 pm

Saint Paul is unique among those who have changed the course of history — responsible not just for one but…

Vive la Left Bank libération!

March 22, 2018 3:54 pm

We all have our favourite period of Parisian history, be it the Revolution, the Belle Époque or the swinging 1960s…

In 1968, even Boston was ankle-deep in LSD

March 16, 2018 10:55 am

‘And this is good old Boston/, The home of the bean and the cod,’ John Collins Bossidy quipped in 1910,…

How to make quantum physics fun

March 15, 2018 12:17 pm

We all know that physics and maths can be pretty weird, but these three books tackle their mind-bending subjects in…

Kevin Allocca glosses over YouTube’s terrifying power

March 15, 2018 12:04 pm

On 25 April 2005, Jawed Karim sent an email to his friends announcing the launch of a new video site…

The lost art of Roman winemaking

March 15, 2018 11:56 am

Taste has a well-noted ability to evoke memory, so it is curious how infrequently most wine writers mine their pasts…

Thomas Paine: spendthrift, scrounger and polemicist of genius

March 8, 2018 12:30 pm

‘We have it in our power to begin the world over again.’ Ronald Reagan made this most unconservative of lines…

Only an idiot would choose to live at any other time than the present

March 8, 2018 11:00 am

Steven Pinker’s new book is a characteristically fluent, decisive and data-rich demonstration of why, given the chance to live at…

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…

How a 14th-century Arab thinker influenced Ronald Reagan

March 1, 2018 4:50 pm

  At a press conference in October 1981, Ronald Reagan quoted Ibn Khaldun (1332–1406) in support of what is known…

The horror of Honduras

February 26, 2018 7:27 pm

The Spanish journalist Alberto Arce worked for Associated Press in Honduras in 2012 and 2013. After a year, he says:…

Franco’s deathly legacy

February 26, 2018 7:24 pm

Spanish restaurants in Germany are relatively rare, but not nearly as rare as biographies of General Franco. So when the…

Churchill was all in favour of a united Europe — as long as it didn’t include Britain

February 20, 2018 9:28 pm

Dr Felix Klos is an extremely personable, highly intelligent American-Dutch historian who has undertaken much archival research, worked extremely hard…


What do Walt Whitman, Jackson Pollock and Jimi Hendrix have in common?

February 14, 2018 12:23 pm

On 3 September 1968, Allen Ginsberg appeared on William F. Buckley’s Firing Line. Buckley exposed Ginsberg’s politics as fatuous —…

Ulysses S Grant

It’s time to rehabilitate Ulysses S. Grant — scorned hero of the Civil War

February 14, 2018 12:20 pm

Last year, more than 6,000,000 people visited the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC. By contrast, barely 80,000 went to General…

How the CIA lost Afghanistan

February 14, 2018 12:16 pm

Early every morning through the spring of 2002, US troops at Bagram airfield on the Shomali plains north of Kabul…

Boxing not so clever

February 3, 2018 9:00 am

For Horace Hopper, the half-breed protagonist of Willy Vlautin’s bleak new novel, essential truths come slowly, and usually too late…

Will white supremacy always haunt America?

January 25, 2018 2:00 pm

I found Ta-Nehisi Coates’ book We Were Eight Years in Power surprisingly engaging. It combines a calm, friendly voice with…

Culinary cold war at the White House

January 23, 2018 3:17 pm

‘Tell me what you eat and I shall tell you what you are.’ The best known adage in food literature,…

What America needs is another Franklin D. Roosevelt

January 23, 2018 3:01 pm

Franklin D. Roosevelt isn’t as popular as he once was. When Barack Obama won the 2008 election, he let it…