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Envoy Sans Pareil
The ambassador of ill-repute, Prince Talleyrand
A Man Of Words, Not Of Deeds
Alexis de Tocqueville: a mediocre minister but a memoirist of genius
The Elusive Question Master
Jeremy Paxman's memoir is a moving and witty account of a postwar upbringing and TV career, but we learn little of the man behind the persona
Lunch With Hollande
The President of the Republic is intelligent, good-humoured, and likeable, but it's hard to shake the feeling that his time in office has been disastrous
Is France As Doomed As Houellebecq Thinks?
‘Submission’ is a deeply unpleasant, dystopian novel, but something does ring true in this unlikely tale of an Islamist takeover in Paris
Monarchy Without Kings
For anyone interested in the founding of the American Republic this work is indispensable reading
How Conspiracy Theories Take Off
is timely, as well as elegantly written
The Enlightenment on Horseback
Andrew Roberts’s account of the life 'Napoleon the Great' is magisterial and beautifully written
What Do We Mean When We Speak of Freedom?
Two rival concepts of liberty have their roots in medieval canon law and Anglo-Saxon England
The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”
The king of cakes
"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"
A tripod in the sky
The view from above