Books

The end times of the liberal order?

October 26, 2018 11:19 am

Three new books chart the return of great power rivalry

Heredity is only half the story

October 25, 2018 10:56 am

Blueprint: How DNA Makes Us Who We Are by Robert Plomin reviewed

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

October 25, 2018 10:48 am

Philip Larkin: Letters Home, 1936–1977 reviewed

Chapo Trap House’s revolution fizzles

October 20, 2018 10:49 am

The Chapo Guide to Revolution: A Manifesto Against Logic, Facts, and Reason by Chapo Trap House reviewed

150 years on, what makes Little Women such an enduring classic?

October 18, 2018 3:49 pm

Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy: The Story of Little Women and Why it Still Matters by Anne Boyd Rioux reviewed

How on earth did North Vietnam prevail against the world’s greatest power?

October 18, 2018 3:38 pm

Vietnam: An Epic Tragedy 1945–1975 by Max Hastings reviewed

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

October 18, 2018 3:00 pm

Capitalism in America and These Truths reviewed

Manic creations

October 18, 2018 11:08 am

Lost Empress: A Protest by Sergio De La Pava reviewed

Stormy Daniels’s honesty issues

October 13, 2018 7:08 pm

Full Disclosure by Stormy Daniels reviewed

Gandhi on Hitler: ‘I do not believe him to be as bad as he is portrayed’

October 11, 2018 10:45 pm

Gandhi: The Years That Changed the World: 1914–1948 by Ramachandra Guha reviewed

The passions of Paulo

October 11, 2018 10:31 pm

Enigma Variations by André Aciman reviewed

The circus visits every corner of the globe — even Antarctica

October 11, 2018 10:12 pm

The Circus by Pascal Jacob reviewed

Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen speaks from beyond the grave

October 9, 2018 5:40 am

More power and glory from the dead poet, singer, lover and humourist

Which comes first, the events or the zeitgeist? Peter Biskind examines pop culture

October 4, 2018 8:57 am

The Sky Is Falling: How Vampires, Zombies, Androids, and Superheroes Made America Great for Extremism by Peter Biskind reviewed

The disaster of Vietnam and the men who can’t get over it

October 4, 2018 8:46 am

Road to Disaster: A New History of America’s Descent into Vietnam by Brian VanDeMark reviewed

Oleg Gordievsky, the ultimate spy story — and Ben Macintyre, the best writer to tell it

October 4, 2018 8:15 am

The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War by Ben Macintyre reviewed

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

Self-Help goes mainstream – can Marianne Power survive her own quest?

September 27, 2018 7:47 am

Help Me! One Woman’s Quest to Find Out if Self-Help Really Can Change Her Life by Marianne Power reviewed

Michael Palin follows the Erebus – an historic ‘adventure’ with a tragic outcome

September 27, 2018 7:31 am

Erebus: The Story of a Ship by Michael Palin reviewed

A hedge-fund protagonist – Gary Shteyngart takes aim

September 27, 2018 7:15 am

Lake Success: A Novel by Gary Shteyngart reviewed

Ian Kershaw recounts Europe’s recovery from WWII – have the good times run their course?

September 27, 2018 6:59 am

Roller-Coaster: Europe 1950–2017 by Ian Kershaw reviewed

The history of Britain’s secret war on Napoleon is astonishing, inspiring and disturbing

September 20, 2018 7:50 am

This Dark Business: The Secret War Against Napoleon by Tim Clayton

Humans are animals, and our extinction is inevitable – but we’re still pretty amazing

September 20, 2018 7:22 am

The Book of Humans: The Story of How We Became Us by Adam Rutherford reviewed

As a writer, Richard Wagner was both sublime – and unreadable

September 20, 2018 6:51 am

The Ring of Nibelung by Richard Wagner, translated by John Deathridge, reviewed