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Top 10 books about US presidents | Claude A Clegg III
From the anguish of Lincoln to the showbiz of Reagan and Obama’s introspection, these books show the power and helplessness of America’s commanders-in-chief

Claude A Clegg III

19, Jan, 2022 @12:00 PM

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The Next Civil War and How Civil Wars Start reviews – US nightmare scenarios
How far will America’s disintegration into irreconcilable factions go? Two authors gaze into the near future of a failed state, at times enjoying their doomsday prophecies a little too much

Peter Conrad

16, Jan, 2022 @7:00 AM

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Chasing History review: Carl Bernstein’s pre-Watergate world
Before he helped bring down Richard Nixon, the reporter grew up in a school of hard knocks. His memoir is a treasure

Lloyd Green

16, Jan, 2022 @7:00 AM

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How Civil Wars Start by Barbara F Walter review – sounding the alarm
This compelling history delineates the path from democracy to autocracy – and warns that the US is heading the wrong way

HW Brands

13, Jan, 2022 @7:30 AM

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Do we want to live in a meritocracy? | Sam Freedman
Individual talents aren’t deserved or earned, so why should they be organising principle of society?

Sam Freedman

10, Jan, 2022 @8:00 AM

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Michel Houellebecq envisages 2027 French election in latest novel Destroy
New book by firebrand author features a Macron-like outgoing leader as well as real-life figures including far-right Éric Zemmour

Lucy Knight

07, Jan, 2022 @9:47 AM

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White Debt by Thomas Harding review – the history they didn’t want you to know
A brilliant account of the Demerara uprising, a key piece of the jigsaw puzzle that is Britain’s relationship to slavery

Nesrine Malik

07, Jan, 2022 @7:30 AM

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The Steal review: stethoscope for a democracy close to cardiac arrest
Mark Bowden and Matthew Teague have produced an indispensable account of how the attempt to steal the 2020 election played out in key states

Charles Kaiser

02, Jan, 2022 @7:00 AM

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2022 in books: highlights for the year ahead
New writing from Ali Smith, Marlon James, Elena Ferrante and Jarvis Cocker – a taste of good things to come

Justine Jordan and Katy Guest

01, Jan, 2022 @10:00 AM

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Cop by Valentin Gendrot review – a searchlight in the Paris police
Gendrot’s account of his time undercover as a support officer in France reveals a force beset by racism, machismo and misogyny

Houman Barekat

30, Dec, 2021 @7:30 AM

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On my radar: Emma Barnett’s cultural highlights
The broadcaster on a surprising history of tea, a scandalous 1920s play and rediscovering her Tetris prowess

Killian Fox

25, Dec, 2021 @3:00 PM

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Democracy Lives in Darkness review: how to take politics off the holiday dinner table
Emily Van Duyn’s study of a group of liberal women in rural Texas is thought-provoking reading for the holiday period

Michael Cornfield

25, Dec, 2021 @7:00 AM

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