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Review | Sweeping new history of the cold war a reminder of how stupidity, ignorance and arrogance almost brought the world to annihilation

Odd Arne Westad’s fresh perspective on the global contest between communism and capitalism should be on every family’s bookshelf now Donald Trump occupies the White House, even if it is weak on China’s role

30 Aug 2017 - 8:02PM

Odd Arne Westad’s fresh perspective on the global contest between communism and capitalism should be on every family’s bookshelf now Donald Trump occupies the White House, even if it is weak on China’s role

Sweeping new history of the cold war a reminder of how stupidity, ignorance and arrogance almost brought the world to annihilation
Book review: sixth edition of The China Reader follows nation from death of Deng to emergent superpower

Despite some criticisms, this is an extremely useful book for those wishing to understand the rise of China and the issues facing the country

20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM

Despite some criticisms, this is an extremely useful book for those wishing to understand the rise of China and the issues facing the country

Book review: sixth edition of The China Reader follows nation from death of Deng to emergent superpower
Book review: Mary Beard’s SPQR is an impressive scholarly monument but one that’s a little hard to get into

The British academic’s wide-ranging and groundbreaking history of the grandeur that was Rome leaves Ben Richardson feeling a little underwhelmed

18 Dec 2015 - 12:23PM

The British academic’s wide-ranging and groundbreaking history of the grandeur that was Rome leaves Ben Richardson feeling a little underwhelmed

Book review: Mary Beard’s SPQR is an impressive scholarly monument but one that’s a little hard to get into
Book review: David Crystal’s history of punctuation is marked for success

Although the conventions of use might seem fixed, they continue to evolve, says Crystal in his fascinating study

13 Oct 2015 - 11:11AM

Although the conventions of use might seem fixed, they continue to evolve, says Crystal in his fascinating study

Book review: David Crystal’s history of punctuation is marked for success
Book review: The Book of Human Emotions is an exercise in managing slight frustration

Tiffany Watt Smith skips through her history of feelings, throwing out references to art, philosophy and literature, but doesn't quite satisfy the curiosity she stokes

5 Oct 2015 - 3:01PM

Tiffany Watt Smith skips through her history of feelings, throwing out references to art, philosophy and literature, but doesn't quite satisfy the curiosity she stokes

Book review: The Book of Human Emotions is an exercise in managing slight frustration
Book review: The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot - flight to freedom

No Kum-sok, the youngest pilot in the North Korean air force, defected to South Korea in a Soviet MiG warplane. The author tells his story and that of North Korea.

30 May 2015 - 10:54PM

No Kum-sok, the youngest pilot in the North Korean air force, defected to South Korea in a Soviet MiG warplane. The author tells his story and that of North Korea.

Book review: The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot - flight to freedom
Francis Fukuyama brilliantly analyses the different roads to democracy, book review
Book review: The End of Copycat China, by Shaun Rein

Shaun Rein is irrepressible. Hot on the heels of the relentless boosterism of The End of Cheap China, he's back with the promise of yet another paradigm shift that will shake the world.

30 Nov 2014 - 4:13PM

Shaun Rein is irrepressible. Hot on the heels of the relentless boosterism of The End of Cheap China, he's back with the promise of yet another paradigm shift that will shake the world.

Book review: The End of Copycat China, by Shaun Rein
Book review: Meltdown in Tibet, by Michael Buckley

Tonle Sap lake in central Cambodia acts as a giant overflow for the Mekong River. When monsoon floods submerge the surrounding forest, they create an ecosystem rich in mineral-bearing silt and a fish hatchery that may account for more than half of the annual animal protein intake of the country.

15 Nov 2014 - 8:16PM

Tonle Sap lake in central Cambodia acts as a giant overflow for the Mekong River. When monsoon floods submerge the surrounding forest, they create an ecosystem rich in mineral-bearing silt and a fish hatchery that may account for more than half of the annual animal protein intake of the country.

Book review: Meltdown in Tibet, by Michael Buckley
Book review: The South China Sea - The Struggle for Power in Asia, by Bill Hayton

Disputes over the South China Sea can seem as unfathomable as the storm-swept waters that batter its contested cluster of tiny islands, uninhabitable rocks and semi-submerged reefs.

18 Oct 2014 - 11:53PM

Disputes over the South China Sea can seem as unfathomable as the storm-swept waters that batter its contested cluster of tiny islands, uninhabitable rocks and semi-submerged reefs.

Book review: The South China Sea - The Struggle for Power in Asia, by Bill Hayton
Book review: Adventures in Stationery, by James Ward

As any parent knows, the siren song of the stationer is crack for kids, with its smorgasbord of potential impulse purchases. Even adults can get caught up, tapping a sentimental vein as we hunt for nuggets in the half-hidden piles at the back of the shelf.

11 Oct 2014 - 10:52PM

As any parent knows, the siren song of the stationer is crack for kids, with its smorgasbord of potential impulse purchases. Even adults can get caught up, tapping a sentimental vein as we hunt for nuggets in the half-hidden piles at the back of the shelf.

Book review: Adventures in Stationery, by James Ward
Ambitious new book captures the 19th century's lasting impact on our world

This is not a book for wimps. It's not just the historical significance of Jürgen Osterhammel's The Transformation of the World: A Global History of the Nineteenth Century. Your reviewer nearly broke his nose after losing control of the brick-sized, 1,192-page tome.

30 Mar 2014 - 4:26PM

This is not a book for wimps. It's not just the historical significance of Jürgen Osterhammel's The Transformation of the World: A Global History of the Nineteenth Century. Your reviewer nearly broke his nose after losing control of the brick-sized, 1,192-page tome.

Ambitious new book captures the 19th century's lasting impact on our world
When too much news is bad news

Last week The Philosophers' Mail proclaimed, under its masthead: "We're a news organisation with a passionate belief that too much news is bad for you."

16 Feb 2014 - 6:46PM

Last week The Philosophers' Mail proclaimed, under its masthead: "We're a news organisation with a passionate belief that too much news is bad for you."

When too much news is bad news