Books

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 —…

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…

What America needs is another Franklin D. Roosevelt

January 13, 2018 9:00 am

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

On the run with Martin Luther King’s assassin

December 2, 2017 9:00 am

This newly translated novel by the Spanish writer Antonio Muñoz Molina is really two books, spliced together in alternating chapters.…

His dark materials

October 14, 2017 10:00 am

In this giant, prodigiously sourced and insightful biography, John A. Farrell shows how Richard Milhous Nixon was the nightmare of…