Issue: September 2012

Whose Olympic gold?

The attempt by the Left to present the nation's pride as a new, "post-imperial", patriotism, after the olympics just highlights their hypocrisy and opportunism

Puss in Chains

Throughout the media's coverage of the Kremlin's heinous treatment of Pussy Riot one thing has been shamefully overlooked: their feminism

Uncharitable Thoughts

A relentlessly hostile critic of Israel, Oxfam are destroying the second-hand book trade in the UK

A Profligate President

George W. Bush has just published a collection of essays on the financial crisis — if only he'd acted on this wisdom before the event

Pride of the CUP

Cambridge University Press have just published a book by an anti-Zionist, anti-democratic Hegelian elitist. The reason? He has the right enemies

Gore the Bore

I once met Gore Vidal at a dinner party. He was less an intellectual heavyweight and more a drunken and repetitive bore

Clutching at Straws and Tilting at Minarets

Two new books on the origins of Islam suffer from, at best, sloppy, and at worst, dishonest, scholarship

A Long Way From Cable Street

Robert Wistrich's new study of anti-Semitism brilliantly elucidates how the Left has betrayed the Israel for which it once campaigned

Elizabethan Enigma

Edmund Spenser: A Life by Andrew Hadfield is vivid in parts, but ultimately fails to paint a clear picture of the 16th century poet

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"