Noel Malcolm

Noel Malcolm

Ofir Haivry’s study of John Selden, the 17th-century lawyer and polymath who engaged deeply with Jewish legal traditions, is searching and original

‘Is it too much to suggest that political wisdom may be quite evenly distributed through the population — even among the poor?’

We should welcome the belated rediscovery of this neglected giant of 20th-century music

“By all means, let the wicked fry in Hell—but why should they find themselves frying alongside innocent and virtuous pagans?”

Alan Ryan’s colossal new history of political thought is an ambitious but engaging piece of scholarship

God’s Instruments is a coherent, elegant collection of essays that confirms Blair Worden as one of our finest historians of the English civil wars

Book review of The Wartime Journals by Hugh Trevor-Roper; edited by Richard Davenport-Hines

Francis Fukuyama is famous for something he did not say. The book which made him a household name in the early 1990s was entitled, a little too grandiosely, The End of History and the Last Man. Hasty critics took him to be saying that history had come to an end, that Western ideology was now all-powerful, and that therefore there would be no more major conflicts of any kind. With every conflict that erupted after the publication of that book, from ethnic cleansing in Bosnia to the terror campaigns of al-Qaeda, commentators queued up to pour scorn on the naive Japanese-American political scientist who had claimed that nothing like that would ever happen again.

Faith and Power: Religion and Politics in the Middle East by Bernard Lewis