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Volume 39 Number 24
14 December 2017

LRB blog 11 December 2017

Gill Partington
What is reading?

7 December 2017

Anna Aslanyan
‘Free exorcism with every Taylor Wimpey ghost home’

6 December 2017

Mouin Rabbani
Trump and Jerusalem


21 April 2016

John Lanchester
What is Money?

17 August 2017

John Lanchester
It Zucks!

7 September 2017

Amia Srinivasan
What’s it like to be an octopus?

In the next issue, which will be dated 4 January, a ghost story by John Lanchester, Ferdinand Mount on Princess Margaret, and Alan Bennett’s Diary for 2017.

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William Carter

The Case of the Missing Barrels

Tripoli was dangerous – not as dangerous as Benghazi but still dangerous. Random, lethal violence was to be expected. There were no police officers, no official law enforcement of any kind – only tribal militia, who ruled the roost. He told me to be careful of ambushes while being driven around the city. ‘What should I do if I get ambushed?’ I asked. ‘Well, standard operating procedure in the army is to shoot your way out. Don’t be static. Push on, fight back.’ I pointed out to him that I was an unarmed middle-aged lawyer who would be sitting in the back of a rickety saloon car when the moment came. He shrugged. More

Neal Ascherson

Gorbachev’s Dispensation

Not many people change the world. Fewer still are thanked for it. Adolf Hitler changed the world on 22 June 1941: by invading the Soviet Union, he delivered ‘Hitler’s Europe’, the divided continent we lived in until 1989. We were not grateful for that. Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev changed the world, as so many adoring millions saw it at the time, by ending the threat of their extermination by nuclear war and by allowing Europe’s ‘captive nations’ to liberate themselves. But then, a Samson already blinded by his enemies, he brought down the gigantic temple of the Soviet Union on his own head, and his own power perished with it. More

Jean McNicol

Harriet Harman

Harman was first elected to the shadow cabinet in 1992 and her account of her difficulties in her first job, as shadow chief secretary to the Treasury, Gordon Brown’s deputy, are typical of the descriptions she gives of her ministerial career as a whole. She stresses her own inadequacy and failure in a way it’s almost impossible to imagine a man’s political memoir doing. More

Eric Foner

After Hamilton

One political leader who apparently tried to act on the idea of establishing a new nation in the heart of North America was Aaron Burr. ‘Apparently’, because the exact scope and intentions of what came to be known as the Burr Conspiracy of 1805-7 remain murky at best. Until recently, Burr was really known for one thing: killing Alexander Hamilton in a duel in 1804. More

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Katherine Rundell

Short Cuts
Rory Scothorne

From a Distant Solar System
Nick Richardson


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