december 2020 / january 2021 issue 492

Editor Nancy Sladek Deputy Editor Tom Fleming Assistant Editors Frank Brinkley David Gelber Contributing Editors Jonathan Beckman Michael Burleigh Sara Wheeler Philip Womack Editorial & Marketing Assistant Michael Delgado Marketing Manager Constance Watson Advertising Manager Terry Finnegan Classified Advertising David Sturge Founding Editor Dr Anne Smith Cover Illustration Chris Riddell

diary 1 William Boyd

history 6 H Kumarasingham

The Interest: How the British Establishment Resisted the Abolition of Slavery Michael Taylor 7 Karina Urbach

Nazis & Nobles: The History of a Misalliance Stephan Malinowski 9 Luke Daly-Groves

The Hitler Conspiracies Richard J Evans 10 Geoffrey Roberts

Stalin: Passage to Revolution Ronald Grigor Suny 11 Paul Kennedy

Unlocking the World John Darwin 12 David Anderson

Behind the Enigma John Ferris • How Spies Think David Omand

literary lives 14 Elizabeth Lowry

The Fall of a Sparrow: Vivien Eliot’s Life & Writings Ann Pasternak Slater 16 Seamus Perry

Take Arms Against a Sea of Troubles Harold Bloom 18 Peter Davidson

Alexander Pope in the Making Joseph Hone 19 David Pryce-Jones

Russian Roulette: The Life & Times of Graham Greene Richard Greene 21 Nigel Andrew

Being Betjeman(n) Jonathan Smith

the white house 22 Lawrence Freedman

A Promised Land Barack Obama 23 Tim Stanley

His Very Best: Jimmy Carter, A Life Jonathan Alter • Reaganland: America’s Right Turn 1976–1980 Rick Perlstein

natural world 26 Joanna Kavenna

Gigantic Cinema: A Weather Anthology Alice Oswald & Paul Keegan (edd) 27 Richard Smyth

Natural: The Seductive Myth of Nature’s Goodness Alan Levinovitz • The Natural Health Service: What the Great Outdoors Can Do for Your Mind Isabel Hardman 28 Henry Gee

Entangled Life: How Fungi Make Our Worlds, Change Our Minds & Shape Our Futures Merlin Sheldrake 30 Charles Elliott

Planting the World: Joseph Banks & His Collectors – An Adventurous History of Botany Jordan Goodman

the state we’re in 32 Michael Ignatieff

What’s Wrong With Rights? Nigel Biggar 34 Joan Smith

Labours of Love: The Crisis of Care Madeleine Bunting • No Fixed Abode: Life & Death Among the UK’s Forgotten Homeless Maeve McClenaghan 36 Andrew Adonis

The Tyranny of Merit: What’s Become of the Common Good? Michael J Sandel

end of empire 38 Xan Smiley

A Brutal State of Affairs: The Rise & Fall of Rhodesia Henrik Ellert & Dennis Anderson 40 Richard Vinen

The Blood of the Colony: Wine & the Rise & Fall of French Algeria Owen White 41 Rana Mitter

Underground Asia: Global Revolutionaries & the Assault on Empire Tim Harper

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