Book review

Saying yes slowly is what’s hampering progress today

July 10, 2020 2:37 pm

Matt Ridley focuses on the hugely cumbersome process involved in turning discovery into useful innovation

Bad science exposed

July 10, 2020 1:13 pm

A review of Stuart Richie's Science Fictions: Exposing Fraud, Bias, Negligence and Hype in Science

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How are the mighty fallen

July 10, 2020 12:28 pm

A review of Greg Woolf's The Life and Death of Ancient Cities: A Natural History


Money trouble

June 20, 2020 10:08 am

Foretelling the End of Capitalism: Intellectual Misadventures Since Marx by Francesco Boldizzoni reviewed

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Tori rebel

June 20, 2020 9:36 am

Resistance: A Songwriter’s Story of Hope, Courage and Change by Tori Amos reviewed

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The fitness fetish

June 11, 2020 3:03 pm

The Motion of the Body Through Space by Lionel Shriver reviewed

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Science and philanthropy meet in the Royal Society of Arts

June 11, 2020 1:13 pm

Arts & Minds: How the Royal Society of Arts Changed a Nation by Anton Howes reviewed


A ponderous parable for our times: The Wondrous and Tragic Life of Ivan and Ivana

June 4, 2020 4:45 pm

The Wondrous and Tragic Life of Ivan and Ivana by Maryse Condé reviewed

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Vlad the Derailer

June 2, 2020 3:59 pm

Putin’s People: How the KGB Took Back Russia and Then Turned on the West by Catherine Belton reviewed

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How kind is humankind?

May 28, 2020 12:44 pm

Humankind: A Hopeful History by Rutger Bregman reviewed

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Can we believe Ilhan Omar’s autobiography?

May 21, 2020 12:17 pm

This Is What America Looks Like: My Journey from Refugee to Congresswoman by Ilhan Omar reviewed

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Disrupting the world — from a small west London bedroom

May 21, 2020 11:43 am

Flash Crash: A Trading Savant, A Global Manhunt and the Most Mysterious Market Crash in History by Liam Vaughan reviewed

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France will always have a love-hate relationship with its heroes

May 21, 2020 10:52 am

Napoleon and de Gaulle: Heroes and History by Patrice Gueniffey reviewed


The sorrows of young Hillary

May 20, 2020 11:09 pm

Rodham: A Novel by Curtis Sittenfeld reviewed

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Did George Formby and Gracie Fields really help Britain out of the Depression?

May 14, 2020 3:13 pm

Cheer Up! British Musical Films, 1929-1945 by Adrian Wright reviewed


A passionate wartime love story is rescued from oblivion

May 14, 2020 2:51 pm

Love in the Blitz: The Long-Lost Letters of a Brilliant Young Woman to Her Beloved on the Front by Eileen Alexander reviewed

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Where are the Henry Kissingers when we need them?

May 14, 2020 2:42 pm

The Inevitability of Tragedy: Henry Kissinger and His World by Barry Gewen reviewed

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Walt Whitman’s poetry can change your life

May 7, 2020 7:30 pm

What is the Grass: Walt Whitman in My Life by Mark Doty reviewed

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Going both ways

May 2, 2020 2:52 pm

The Bilingual Brain: And What It Tells Us About the Language of Science by


Sadness and scandal

April 30, 2020 6:29 pm

Hinton by Mark Blacklock reviewed


Would you kill for a cup of coffee?

April 30, 2020 6:07 pm

Coffeeland: One Man’s Dark Empire and the Making of Our Favorite Drug by Augustine Sedgewick reviewed

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Woody Allen, in his own words

April 30, 2020 5:40 pm

Apropos of Nothing by Woody Allen reviewed

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Dave Rubin’s ode to the so-called ‘independent thinker‘

April 28, 2020 6:32 pm

Don’t Burn This Book: Thinking for Yourself in an Age of Unreason by Dave Rubin reviewed


Making a killing

April 25, 2020 12:25 pm

The Celestial Hunter by Roberto Calasso reviewed

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For Jack Tar, going to sea was the ultimate adventure

April 24, 2020 3:41 pm

Sons of Waves: The Common Seaman in the Heroic Age of Sail by Stephen Taylor reviewed