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Issue: November 2012
Friends of Russia or Friends of Putin?
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
Culture & Anarchy
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
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"
A tripod in the sky
The view from above