Books

spectator usa books of the year

Spectator USA’s Books of the Year 2018

December 8, 2018 2:12 pm

What our writers have been reading this year

Tell them of Battles Kings and Elephants, by Mathias Enard, reviewed

What if Michelangelo traveled to Constantinople?

December 6, 2018 1:38 pm

Tell Them of Battles, Kings and Elephants by Mathias Enard reviewed

elizabeth ii

Elizabeth II: Queen of tact and diplomacy

December 6, 2018 1:28 pm

Queen of the World: Elizabeth II: Sovereign and Stateswoman by Robert Hardman 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

camille paglia

Camille Paglia: ‘Hillary wants Trump to win again’

December 4, 2018 9:48 am

The author and academic discusses 2020, Trump and Jordan Peterson

james comey books

What sells more books: Trump love or Trump hate?

November 30, 2018 3:43 pm

The answer probably won’t surprise you

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Solzhenitsyn, Russian Nobelist and noblest Russian

November 29, 2018 5:40 pm

Cheer, Cheer for Old Notre Dame

michelle obama

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

November 29, 2018 2:40 pm

Becoming by Michelle Obama reviewed

colvin

For Marie Colvin, mortal danger was what made life worth living

November 29, 2018 2:11 pm

In Extremis: The Life of War Correspondent Marie Colvin by Lindsey Hilsum reviewed

China’s

China’s power grab steps up apace

November 29, 2018 1:41 pm

The New Silk Roads: The Present and the Future of the World by Peter Frankopan reviewed

jeeves and wooster

Bertie takes on the Black Shorts

November 29, 2018 1:16 pm

Jeeves and the King of Clubs by Ben Schott reviewed

pyrenees

The peculiar allure of the Pyrenees

November 29, 2018 1:00 pm

The Savage Frontier: The Pyrenees in History and the Imagination by Matthew Carr reviewed

edward viii

Edward VIII: Unlucky in love, or a Nazi-loving cad?

November 25, 2018 7:49 am

Edward VIII: An American Life by Ted Powell reviewed

michelle obama becoming

How Michelle Obama became a diva

November 24, 2018 3:01 pm

And the media carried on pretending she was flawless

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

african Africa’s rich history

In the realms of gold: exploring Africa’s rich history

November 22, 2018 2:51 pm

The Golden Rhinoceros: Histories of the African Middle Ages by Francois-Xavier Fauvelle reviewed

kenneth grahame

Kenneth Grahame: another boy who wouldn’t grow up

November 22, 2018 2:18 pm

Eternal Boy: The Life of Kenneth Grahame by Matthew Dennison reviewed

miniature

Small but perfectly formed: the charm of the world in miniature

November 22, 2018 2:09 pm

In Miniature: How Small Things Illuminate the World by Simon Garfield reviewed

seapowers

Plucky upstarts: the brave history of seapowers

November 22, 2018 1:55 pm

Seapower States: Maritime Culture, Continental Empires and the Conflict that Made the Modern World by Andrew Lambert reviewed

patricia highsmith

In defense of Patricia Highsmith

November 22, 2018 12:11 pm

As one who knew and liked the American author over many years, the picture painted by a new play seems unfairly partial

saul bellow

Saul Bellow: love the work, if not the man

November 15, 2018 11:58 am

The Life of Saul Bellow: Love and Strife, 1965–2005 by Zachary Leader reviewed

dreamers when the writers took power

Dreams of utopia before the Nazi nightmare

November 15, 2018 11:41 am

Dreamers: When the Writers Took Power, Germany 1918 by Volker Weidermann reviewed

japan

Japanese puzzle: how can an advanced, dynamic country function with such an ancient population?

November 15, 2018 11:23 am

Japan Story: In Search of a Nation, 1850 to the Present by Christopher Harding 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