Issue: October 2010

Eastern Questions

Crimea: The Last Crusade by Orlando Figes

The State of the State

The Servile Mind: How Democracy Erodes the Moral Life by Kenneth Minogue

Writers of the World, Unite

Politics and the Novel During the Cold War by David Caute

Mao’s Little Helpers

The Wind from the East: French Intellectuals, the Cultural Revolution, and the Legacy of the 1960s by Richard Wolin

Perplexed of St. John’s Wood

The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson

The Voice of Conscience

'Benedict reminds us that reason without faith will also take pathological forms, whether totalitarian ideology or eugenics'

Garbage In, Garbage Out

Quebec's approach to garbage disposal shows that political correctness is thriving in Canada

Abolish the Author

The reaction to Thilo Sarrazin's courageous book shows that Germany is indeed abolishing itself

An autumn note

“For many, the end of this uneasy year cannot come quickly enough”

An ordinary killing

Ian Cobain’s book uses the killing of Millar McAllister to paint a meticulous portrait of the Troubles

Greater—not wiser

John Mullan elucidates the genius of Charles Dickens