contents july 2017 • issue 455 Editor Nancy Sladek Deputy Editor Tom Fleming Assistant Editors Frank Brinkley • David Gelber Editorial Assistant Sophie Baggott Contributing Editors Jonathan Beckman Michael Burleigh • Sara Wheeler • Philip Womack Advertising Manager Terry Finnegan Classified Advertising David Sturge Marketing Manager Katherine Bogden Bayard Founding Editor Dr Anne Smith Cover Illustration Chris Riddell

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russia 6 Douglas Smith

The Russian Revolution: A New History Sean McMeekin 8 Daniel Beer

Avenging Angels: Soviet Women Snipers on the Eastern Front (1941–1945) Lyuba Vinogradova • The Unwomanly Face of War Svetlana Alexievich 9 Donald Rayfield

Moscow 1956: The Silenced Spring Kathleen E Smith biography 12 Jane O’Grady

Kierkegaard ’s Muse: The Mystery of Regine Olsen Joakim Garff 13 David Gelber

The Other Exile: The Remarkable Story of Fernão Lopes, the Island of Saint Helena, & a Paradise Lost A R Azzam 14 Allan Massie

Flaubert in the Ruins of Paris Peter Brooks 16 Lucy Lethbridge on seven books about Jane Austen 18 Gavin Weightman

Chief Engineer: Washington Roebling – The Man Who Built the Brooklyn Bridge Erica Wagner homo sapiens 20 Henry Gee

Face Value Alexander Todorov 21 Adrian Woolfson

A Crack in Creation Jennifer Doudna & Samuel Sternberg art & music 22 Jonathan Meades

V inyl. Album. Cover. Art: The Complete Hipgnosis Aubrey Powell 23 James Hall

Mona Lisa Martin Kemp & Giuseppe Pallanti 25 Benjamin Ivry

Toscanini: Musician of Conscience Harvey Sachs 26 James Stourton

John Fleming & Hugh Honour Remembered Susanna Johnston 27 Philip Mansel

The Sovereign Artist: Charles Le Brun & the Image of Louis XIV Wolf Burchard