Issue: June 2013

Can Science Replace Religion In Our Lives?

That materialists and ministers struggle to justify morality shows there is still a place for Christianity in intellectual and public life

More Things in Heaven and Earth

In philosophical circles, it was once heresy to challenge Darwinian reductionism. That is now changing

For Her, It Was Always a Question of Honour

Two major biographies of Margaret Thatcher — one vivid and concise, the other magisterial — are essential reading for anyone who cares about the Iron Lady

Russia’s Teetering Toughman

Ben Judah's rich and thoughtful account of the Putin years charts a Russian political system continually manipulated by a wounded leader

Spurning Old Truths

The Taste of Ashes by Marci Shore is a history typical of a modern, intellectual "non-Jewish" Jew, which downplays the impact of the Holocaust

Death’s Heads

Christian Ingrao's analysis of university-educated SS members is dense but compelling, drawing blurred lines that demarcate good and evil

Hard Lessons of Afghan History

Two new histories of separate conflicts in Afghanistan show that both the Victorians and a young Churchill struggled at the North-Western Frontier

Reform, That You May Preserve

The Great Reform Bill of 1832 nearly sparked a revolution. Antonia Fraser's history tells the story with tremendous verve

When a Marxist Loses His Charm

The uruguayan Eduardo Galeano was once the author of elegant and charming journalism. Sadly, his new book is a dumbed-down travesty

Nourishment by the Gross

Big Brother is Lionel Shriver at her cold-eyed best; a nourishing helping of fearless, humane and sober prose

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"