Communism

The memoirs of one of our most able and most cultivated politicians provide a useful reminder of the virtues of ordinary politics

Samuel Brittan and Edward Hadas, both distinguished economic commentators, discuss where to place the blame for the current global crisis with Standpoint editor Daniel Johnson

Edward Lucas and Mary Dejevsky, both leading commentators on Russia and eastern Europe, discuss the Georgian crisis and its implications for the West

The leading Western historian of Stalinism’s horrors first met Alexander Solzhenitsyn when the novelist was expelled from the USSR in 1974. Here he recalls his genius and his courage

Away from the tourist trail, India is threatened by the Maoism that toppled Nepal’s monarchy

Until recently, it was assumed that Trilling had written only one long fiction, The Middle of the Journey (1947). Now, thanks to Geraldine Murphy we know that Trilling was a third of the way through another novel, begun years earlier

No novelist since Stevenson imparts so much energy into simple-seeming sentences through inch-perfect phrasing and punctuation

Jung Chang and her husband Jon Halliday are leading authorities on Mao, while Simon Sebag Montefiore has published two major works on Stalin. With Standpoint editor Daniel Johnson, they discuss the two communist dictators who were responsible for up to 100 million deaths