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Editor Nancy Sladek Deputy Editor Tom Fleming Editor-at-Large Jeremy Lewis Assistant Editors Frank Brinkley • David Gelber Contributing Editors Jonathan Beckman Michael Burleigh • Sara Wheeler • Philip Womack Editorial Assistant Francesca Carington Advertising Manager Terry Finnegan Classified Advertising David Sturge Marketing Manager Katherine Bogden Bayard Founding Father Auberon Waugh Founding Editor Dr Anne Smith Cover Illustration Chris Riddell

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pulpit 2 Vybarr Cregan-Reid history 8 John Adamson

The Holy Roman Empire: A Thousand Years of Europe’s History Peter H Wilson 10 Norman Stone

Hitler at Home Despina Stratigakos 11 Donald Sassoon

Empire of Things: How We Became a World of Consumers, from the Fifteenth Century to the Twenty-first Frank Trentmann 12 Charles King

The Ottoman Endgame: War, Revolution & the Making of the Modern Middle East, 1908–1923 Sean McMeekin 14 Keith Lowe

Coventry: Thursday, 14 November 1940 Frederick Taylor 15 Andrew Roberts

Churchill and Ireland Paul Bew 16 Caroline Moorehead

The Bitter Taste of Victory: In the Ruins of the Reich Lara Feigel hot topics 17 Michael Burleigh

The Elements of Power: Gadgets, Guns, & the Struggle for a Sustainable Future in the Rare Metal Age David S Abraham 19 Harriet Sergeant

This Is London: Life & Death in the World City Ben Judah 20 Martin Vander Weyer

No Such Thing as a Free Gift: The Gates Foundation & the Price of Philanthropy Linsey McGoey 21 Robert Colls

Social Class in the 21st Century Mike Savage uneasy lies the head 23 Douglas Smith

The Romanovs: 1613–1918 Simon Sebag Montefiore 24 Paul Lay

Richard III: A Ruler & His Reputation David Horspool 25 Tim Stanley

The American President: From Teddy Roosevelt to Bill Clinton William E Leuchtenburg