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2021: My Journey in Books, Part II

American History and Politics America is a place to which I am glued, Extinction Rebellion-like, despite my better judgement. The events of January 6th at the U.S. Capitol, followed by Trump’s characteristically ignominious...



2021: My Journey in Books, Part I

It was another peculiar year played out under the shadow of Covid, from winter lockdown to summer freedom, to the Omicron surge – larger, yet less virulent, than ever – that leaves us cautious yet hopeful for something like...



10 Books for 2020

10. Daniel Immerwahr, How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States (Macmillan: 2019) The traditional “logo map” of the United States is far more interesting for what it omits than what it shows. From this...



Naomi Osaka Picks Up the Baton: The Trailblazing History of Women’s Tennis

As her opponent jettisoned a final backhand into the net, Naomi Osaka let out a guttural roar of delight - “COME ON!” - puffed her cheeks, and stared towards the heavens. Two years on from her first Grand Slam triumph at Flushing...



Can Democrats avert the Trumpocalypse?

Review: David Frum, Trumpocalypse: Restoring American Democracy (HarperCollins, 2020) There are 99 days to go until the 2020 United States presidential election. Having privileged economic imperatives over public health, many...



Male, pale and stale: The optical problem of Britain’s political response to Covid-19

What unites every one of the eight Cabinet ministers that has participated in one of Downing Street’s daily coronavirus briefings? They are men. Despite highly relevant briefs – the Home Office (Priti Patel); Work and Pensions...



My 10 Book Countdown for 2019

10. Serhii Plokhy, Chernobyl: History of a Tragedy (Penguin Books, 2019) The central message of Serhii Plokhy’s sensitive account of the April 1986 Chernobyl reactor explosion is simply how avoidable it was. Drawing extensively...