Books

“While priding himself on declaring that he knew nothing, the one topic Socrates was prepared to concede expertise in was love”

Hot and crowded. That is the conventional wisdom on what Planet Earth will be like in the not-so-distant future. But the related question of how many of us there will be in 50 or 100 years matters too

“In a savage and subtle critique of historical self-regard, Robert Crowcroft brilliantly sums up the problem with Neville Chamberlain’s appeasement policy”

“If Trump is so flawed, if a man so wrong ends up being proved right on so many issues, should we not question how it is that we have formed our opinions in the first place?”

There is little consolation to be gleaned from the bare facts of dementia. But Nicci Gerrard has found much to cheer us by delving beneath and beyond the grim statistics to find meaning in misery

“Christopher Clark’s subject is neither time nor power, but something even more evanescent: how those who wielded power were influenced by their sense of history”

The Fourth Reich concerns of the first 15 years or so after the war were essentially rational, but in the 1960s the term became “universalised”, exaggerated, and distorted

Deborah Lipstadt’s new book, Antisemitism Here and Now, could not be more accurately titled, timely or impactful

In her lively and readable biography, Adina Hoffman charts Ben Hecht’s progress from America’s most successful screenwriter to Jewish activist

“What exactly is China anyway? Is it a civilisation, as some claim? Or a “civilisation state”, with unique cultural markers but within set borders?”