Paul Johnson

A Modest Man With A Lot To Be Immodest About

Clement Attlee led an exemplary life, and was the smooth-running machine at heart of the wartime government, but was never remotely vainglorious

Sinister March Of The Tall Fellow

A new biography of Eamon de Valera, one of the most important and mysterious figures in Irish history

Margaret Thatcher Versus The Intellectuals

The first female PM faced unprecedented vitriol from snobbish cultural bureaucrats

When Francis Was Still Jorge

Cardinal Bergoglio's road to the Vatican

The Cold Warrior Who Enjoys The Fight

Henry Kissinger was often compared to Machiavelli but Niall Ferguson shows he was, at heart, an idealist

The Greatest Man I Ever Knew?

The rich, varied, and absorbing life, and careers, of John Freeman

Is Boris a Churchill or a Lloyd George?

Boris seems to subconsciously avoid the subject of Lloyd George, though he shares more in common with him

Triumph of the Will

A new work brings into striking contrast the personalities of Stalin himself and the other members of the Soviet elite in his time

The Age of the Warrior Poet

It is a remarkable fact that WW1 produced a distinctive brand of poetry, and poets, and WW2 nothing comparable

Underrated: Abroad

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"