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Volume 39 Number 15
27 July 2017

LRB blog 25 July 2017

Oliver Miles
The Scramble for the Horn

24 July 2017

Eleanor Penny
Compulsory Purchase Orders

21 July 2017

John Perry
Nicaraguan Sign Language

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David Bromwich
The Age of Detesting Trump

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James Meek
The never-ending wish to write about the Second World War

31 March 2011

Perry Anderson
Lula’s Brazil

In the next issue, which will be dated 24 August, John Lanchester on Silicon Valley, T.J. Clark and Anne Wagner on Guernica, Barbara Newman on medieval tourists and other travellers.

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Andrew Bacevich

Presidents v. Generals

At no time during the sixty-plus years since General MacArthur’s downfall have existing civil-military arrangements worked as advertised. That is to say, never has the interaction of military and civilian leaders, conducted in an atmosphere of honesty and mutual respect, privileging the national interest rather than personal ambition and institutional agendas, yielded consistently enlightened policies. This remains one of the dirty little secrets the American elite is reluctant to own up to. In that respect, the clash between Truman and MacArthur represents not the resolution of a problem but a harbinger of problems to come. More


Sheila Fitzpatrick

Good Communist Homes

The extraordinarily detailed information on the households and the complexity of their domestic relations is one of the remarkable and unique aspects of this book. Nobody knew what a good communist home ought to be like, Yuri Slezkine remarks, but on the basis of House of Government data it looks strikingly non-nuclear. Partnerships shifted, not always rancorously, so that an ex-wife plus children might be living down the hall from the new wife plus children, with the husband dividing his time between the flats. More

Bee Wilson

Gef the Talking Mongoose

The possibility of Gef’s existence was first reported in the Manchester Daily Dispatch in January 1932. A reporter claimed he had visited the Irving household to investigate the ‘animal story’ that had been the talk of the island for several months. On arrival at the farmhouse, he heard ‘a voice which I should never have imagined could issue from a human throat’. The Irvings told him that it was an animal, something like a stoat, weasel or ferret, except that it spoke and sang songs and on occasion offered betting tips. More

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