Issue: November 2012

ONLINE ONLY: Defending Israel in a Changed World

Israel's response to Hamas's shower of rockets was proportionate but no Israeli deludes himself into thinking there is a military solution to the conflict

The Master in Miami

Tom Wolfe isn't at his best for all of Back to Blood, but at his best he's the finest novelist working today

What’s the Score?

Far from being a diluted form of the orchestral work, piano transcriptions often reveal hidden depths to old favourites

Turn of the Corkscrew

For Henry James, the Medoc was as much a moral and emotional wine-growing locale as it a physical place

Judit and Holofernes

In a male dominated game it was an 15-year-old girl who became the youngest ever grandmaster. She is now chess's finest female player

Underrated: Owen Paterson

The Cabinet's leading environmental sceptic has charted a steady rise to his new job as Northern Ireland Secretary.

Overrated: Nicholas Stern

The new president of the British Academy and climate policy guru deserves a global roasting for his work on global warming

Thoroughly Modern Mili

Ed Miliband sees himself as the heir to Disraeli. Not only is he nothing of the sort, but he doesn't appear to have read the One Nation Tory's best-known speech

Mind the Gap

The gap between big business and small businesses is growing. Unfortunately Vince Cable and Mervyn King are no bridge builders

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"