Biography

abimael guzman guzmán

My fictional Abimael Guzmán turned out to be eerily accurate

May 30, 2019 8:20 am

The Shining Path: Love, Madness and Revolution in the Andes by Orin Starn and Miguel La Serna reviewed

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Where were you when you read John Hersey’s ‘Hiroshima’?

May 16, 2019 2:00 pm

Mr Straight Arrow: The Career of John Hersey, Author of Hiroshima by Jeremy Treglown reviewed

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God save us from Søren Kierkegaard

April 25, 2019 4:05 pm

Philosopher of the Heart: The Restless Life of Søren Kierkegaard by Clare Carlisle reviewed

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The Lady with the Limp: homage to the one-legged Virginia Hall, SOE’s ‘most dangerous’ agent

March 28, 2019 12:24 pm

A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II by Sonia Purnell reviewed

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Robert A. Heinlein: the ‘giant of SF’ was sexist, racist — and certainly no stylist

March 28, 2019 10:40 am

The Pleasant Profession of Robert A. Heinlein by Farah Mendlesohn reviewed

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The best way to defeat totalitarianism? Treat it as a joke

January 17, 2019 11:09 am

Teffi: A Life of Letters and of Laughter by Edythe Haber reviewed

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How Calouste Gulbenkian became the richest man in the world

January 3, 2019 8:24 am

Mr Five Per Cent: The Many Lives of Calouste Gulbenkian, the World’s Richest Man by Jonathan Conlin reviewed

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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

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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

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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

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Germaine Greer continues to shock and awe

November 1, 2018 6:01 pm

Germaine: The Life of Germaine Greer by Elizabeth Kleinhenz reviewed

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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

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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

The electrifying genius of Nikola Tesla

June 28, 2018 3:59 pm

Richard Munson’s ‘Tesla: Inventor of the Modern’ emphasises the duality of his subject.

The Wallis Simpson I knew – by Nicky Haslam

May 10, 2018 12:46 pm

One would have thought this particular can of worms might, after nearly 80 years, be well past its sell-by date.…

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…