Books

vietnam war

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

french exit patrick dewitt
Oleg Gordievsky

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

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

help me marianne power

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

erebus michael palin

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

gary shteyngart lake success

A hedge-fund protagonist – Gary Shteyngart takes aim

September 27, 2018 7:15 am

Lake Success: A Novel by Gary Shteyngart reviewed

Roller-Coaster: Europe 1950–2017

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

This Dark Business: The Secret War Against Napoleon

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

the book of humans

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

richard wagner the ring of nibelung

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

harvey milk

The ‘other’ life of Harvey Milk

September 13, 2018 9:56 am

Harvey Milk: His Lives and Death by Lillian Faderman reviewed

to obama jeanne marie laskas

Dear Mr President: the ‘little people’ write to Obama

September 13, 2018 9:32 am

To Obama: With Love, Joy, Hope and Despair by Jeanne Marie Laskas reviewed

washington black

The burden of freedom

September 13, 2018 8:34 am

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan reviewed

sylvia plath

‘Ted is liar. Ted beats me up. Ted wishes me dead’: Sylvia Plath descends into madness and misery

September 13, 2018 8:21 am

Letters of Sylvia Plath, Volume II: 1956–1963 reviewed

reagan poland walesa covert action

Reagan, victor of the Cold War, with a little help from Lech Walesa and the Pope

September 11, 2018 7:24 am

A Covert Action: Reagan, the CIA, and the Cold War Struggle in Poland by Seth G. Jones reviewed

immigration melting pot or civil war

How moderates can save immigration reform

September 10, 2018 8:44 am

Melting Pot or Civil War?: A Son of Immigrants Makes the Case Against Open Borders reviewed

american story

All things lead to 9/11

September 6, 2018 11:14 am

An American Story, by Christopher Priest, reviewed

Theatre of the World

How a faulty map led to the discovery of America

September 6, 2018 11:02 am

Theatre of the World: The Maps that Made History reviewed

myers-briggs

The personality test that conned the world

September 6, 2018 10:49 am

What’s Your Type? The Strange History of Myers-Briggs and the Birth of Personality Testing reviewed

lords of the desert

The scramble for the Middle East: Britain and America fall out

September 6, 2018 10:07 am

Lords of the Desert: Britain’s Struggle with America to Dominate the Middle East by James Barr reviewed

paris echo sebastian faulks

Hoping to find happiness

September 6, 2018 9:47 am

Paris Echo by Sebastian Faulks reviewed

ernest hemingway adriana ivancich

The old man and his muse: Hemingway’s toe-curling infatuation with Adriana Ivancich

August 30, 2018 7:33 am

Autumn in Venice: Ernest Hemingway and His Last Muse reviewed

endeavour

A date with Venus in Tahiti

August 30, 2018 7:26 am

Endeavour: The Ship and the Attitude that Changed the World reviewed

modernist architecture

Modernist architecture isn’t barbarous – but the blinkered rejection of it is

August 23, 2018 11:34 am

Making Dystopia: The Strange Rise and Survival of Architectural Barbarism by James Stevens Curl reviewed