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Three books present a case for optimism ahead of the COP26 summit, and in the face of looming environmental catastrophe
Two books champion rarely heard voices to chart the chaos and convulsions that blighted the country throughout the cold war and beyond
The Nobel Prize winner’s third novel takes aim at the country’s ‘deteriorating’ political and civil values, but he is heartened by young talent in the arts
Two books bring insights into the radical political ruptures wrought by the pandemic
Two books look at the effects of the attacks and argue they turned the US into a martial state in perpetual conflict
Three books look at colonial-era crimes and offer insights on the way to defuse this flashpoint in the culture war
Three books reconsider art history at a time when much of the misogyny that taints famous works is still ignored
Three books examine Beijing’s increasingly strident diplomacy, the strategy behind it and what can be done to counter its tactics
Three books examine the perils of loneliness — a problem that has only intensified during the pandemic — and offer practical solutions as well as the salve of solidarity
Three new books illustrate the wildly divergent portrayals of the practice of Islam, from fervent isolation to western assimilation
Two commentators on the US political system offer detailed diagnoses on the troubled question of what it is to be a US citizen
This essay on the shaken state of western political systems argues that liberal ideals should remain steadfastly at their core
What lies behind our hunger for stuff? How does it harm the planet? And what can we do to change? Three books offer timely insights
Robots are not as clever as billed, but they could be. Three new books argue that the challenge is making these powerful new technologies work for us
Two books delve into the enigmatic sound-worlds of Nick Cave and The Fall — and ask: how did they do it?
Ruth Scurr’s glorious biography gives the French emperor an unusually fresh look — revealing the conquest-junkie to be a keen botanist
A trio of books try to capture the conflict between trickster and soothsayer embodied in the ‘voice of a generation’
Five very different books consider the challenges of finding a way to express — and treat — the pain of mental illness
Patrick Radden Keefe’s saga of how a pharmaceutical dynasty unleashed a wave of dependency and grew rich from it
Is a country’s fate determined by its terrain? Three new books examine the links between territory, power and conflict
Blake Bailey’s long-awaited biography does not shy away from the more controversial aspects of the writer’s career
As Brexit brings the Irish border into sharper focus, three books attempt to explain the complex process of the island’s partition
Books have been a comfort and distraction under lockdown. As we look ahead to post-pandemic life, figures from across the literary world speculate on what happens next
The culture warrior and YouTube philosopher comes across as an earnest preacher in his life-coaching sequel
Cathedrals to culture or trophy cabinets of colonialism? Four books take differing approaches to untangling a complex legacy