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See you in court, pal

John Lanchester: The Microsoft Trial

30 September 1999
The Nudist on the Late Shift 
by Po Bronson.
Secker, 248 pp., £10, August 1999, 0 436 20477 0
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Infinite Loop: How Apple, the World’s Most Insanely Great Computer Company, Went Insane 
by Michael Malone.
Aurum, 598 pp., £18.99, April 1999, 1 85410 638 4
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Burn Rate: How I Survived the Gold Rush Years on the Internet 
by Michael Woolf.
Orion, 364 pp., £7.99, June 1999, 0 7528 2606 9
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The Cathedral and the Bazaar: revised edition 
by Eric S.Raymond.
O'Reilly, 256 pp., £11.95, February 2001, 0 596 00108 8
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... There are people who use computers. That, in the context of LRB readers and contributors, is most of us. Above them on the informational equivalent of the Great Chain of Being are the people who know about computers: the people who can tell us how to stick an unbent paper-clip into the hole above a wonky disc drive to make the floppy pop out etc ...

Do you Floss</span>?

Lawrence Less</span>ig: The sharing economy

18 August 2005
The Success</span> of Open Source&nbsp;
by Steven Weber.
Harvard, 312 pp., £19.95, August 2004, 0&nbsp;674&nbsp;01292&nbsp;5
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Democratising Innovation&nbsp;
by Eric von Hippel.
MIT, 208 pp., £19.95, May 2005, 0&nbsp;262&nbsp;00274&nbsp;4
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... In an increasingly remote region of cyberspace called USENET, a highly committed group of volunteers works to help people they’ve never met with computer problem...
31 October 1996
Adventures on the Freedom Road:&nbsp;The French Intellectuals in the 20th Century&nbsp;
by Bernard-Henri Lévy, translated by Richard Veasey.
Harvill, 434 pp., £20, December 1995, 1&nbsp;86046&nbsp;035&nbsp;6
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The Imaginary Jew&nbsp;
by Alain Finkielkraut, translated by Kevin O’Neill and David Suchoff.
Nebraska, 230 pp., £23.95, August 1994, 0&nbsp;8032&nbsp;1987&nbsp;3
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The Defeat of the Mind&nbsp;
by Alain Finkielkraut, translated by Judith Friedlander.
Columbia, 165 pp., $15, May 1996, 0&nbsp;231&nbsp;08023&nbsp;9
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... In lieu of Sartre and Raymond Aron, future historians of French intellectuals in the Eighties and Nineties may well be condemned to structuring their narratives around the post-Marx brothers of French intellectual life, Bernard-Henri Lévy and Alain Finkielkraut ...
3 October 1985
Here lies:&nbsp;An Autobiography&nbsp;
by Eric Ambler.
Weidenfeld, 234 pp., £10.95, June 1985, 0&nbsp;297&nbsp;78588&nbsp;5
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The Levanter&nbsp;
by Eric Ambler.
Weidenfeld, 216 pp., £8.95, June 1985, 0&nbsp;297&nbsp;99521&nbsp;9
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Doctor Frigo&nbsp;
by Eric Ambler.
Weidenfeld, 250 pp., £8.95, June 1985, 0&nbsp;297&nbsp;76848&nbsp;4
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The Other Side of the Moon:&nbsp;The Life of David Niven&nbsp;
by Sheridan Morley.
Weidenfeld, 300 pp., £10.95, September 1985, 9780297787082
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Secrets:&nbsp;Boyhood in a Jewish Hotel 1932-1954&nbsp;
by Ronald Hayman.
Peter Owen, 224 pp., £12, July 1985, 9780720606423
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A Woman in Custody&nbsp;
by Audrey Peckham.
Fontana, 253 pp., £3.95, June 1985, 0&nbsp;00&nbsp;636952&nbsp;9
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No Gangster More Bold&nbsp;
by John Morgan.
Hodder, 179 pp., £9.95, July 1985, 0&nbsp;340&nbsp;26387&nbsp;3
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... <span class="highlight-term">Ericspan> Ambler told an interviewer recently that though he often felt the urge to write for the stage he was put off by the scrutiny to which he would be subjected: and the pun in the title of his autobiography was a precaution against exposure ...
17 December 1981
The Forward March of Labour Halted?&nbsp;
by Eric Hobsbawm, Ken Gill and Tony Benn.
Verso, 182 pp., £8.50, November 1981, 0&nbsp;86091&nbsp;041&nbsp;5
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... Ever since the Industrial Revolution and the first stirrings of socialist political theory, the intellectual protagonist s of the Left have started with a twofold debating advantage over their opponents on the right ...


R.W. Johnson

8 February 1990
Resources of Hope:&nbsp;Culture, Democracy, Socialism&nbsp;
by Raymond Williams</a>, edited by Robin Gable.
Verso, 334 pp., £29.95, February 1989, 0&nbsp;86091&nbsp;229&nbsp;9
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The Alien Mind of Raymond Williams&nbsp;
by Jan Gorak.
Miss</span>ouri, 132 pp., $9.95, December 1988, 0&nbsp;8262&nbsp;0688&nbsp;3
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Raymond Williams:&nbsp;Writing, Culture, Politics&nbsp;
by Alan O’Connor.
Blackwell, 180 pp., £27.50, June 1989, 0&nbsp;631&nbsp;16589&nbsp;4
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Raymond Williams on Television:&nbsp;Selected Writings&nbsp;
edited by Alan O’Connor.
Routledge, 223 pp., £7.95, April 1989, 9780415026277
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News from Nowhere:&nbsp;No 6. Raymond Williams: Third Generation&nbsp;
edited by Tony Pinkney.
Oxford English Limited, 108 pp., £3.50, February 1989
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Raymond Williams:&nbsp;Critical Perspectives&nbsp;
edited by Terry Eagleton.
Polity, 235 pp., £29.50, September 1989, 9780745603841
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... Raymond Williams’ s death in January 1988 has been followed by an avalanche of obituarial tribute. To some extent, the tributes were a matter of the Left giving a last, sad cheer for one of its most versatile and prolific heroe...

In Letchworth

Gillian Darley: Pevsner's Hertfordshire

2 January 2020
... The volumes​ of the Buildings of England series initiated by Nikolaus Pevsner unsurprisingly confine themselves to buildings and their settings, but it’s tempting to be distracted by what you already know about a place, about Brocket Hall in Hertfordshire, for instance, the latest county to have its volume revised and expanded by Yale ...

Tired of Giving in

Eric Foner: Rosa Parks

10 May 2001
Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory:&nbsp;The Life of Rosa Parks&nbsp;
by Douglas Brinkley.
Weidenfeld, 248 pp., £12.99, January 2001, 0&nbsp;297&nbsp;60708&nbsp;1
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... On 1 December 1955, Rosa Parks, a 42-year-old black woman who had just completed her day’s work in a department store in Montgomery, Alabama, was arrested for refusing to surrender her seat on a city bus to a white passenger, as required by municipal law ...

After the Cold War

Eric Hobsbawm: Tony Judt

26 April 2012
... My relations with Tony Judt date back a long time but they were curiously contradictory. We were friends, though not intimate ones, and while both of us were politically committed historians, and both preferred wearing informal gear as historians rather than regimental uniform, we marched to different drummer...

Destined to Disappear

Su san Pedersen: ‘Race Studies’

20 October 2016
White World Order, Black Power Politics:&nbsp;The Birth of American International Relations&nbsp;
by Robert Vitalis</a>.
Cornell, 272 pp., $29.95, November 2015, 978&nbsp;0&nbsp;8014&nbsp;5397&nbsp;7
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... Robert Vitalis​ tells a great story about how he came to write this book. Some years ago, sitting in the Clark University library avoiding grading his  students’ final exams, he pulled an old history of the university off the shelf ...

Gangsters in Hats

Richard Mayne

17 May 1984
Ess</span>ays on Detective Fiction&nbsp;
edited by Bernard Benstock.
Macmillan, 218 pp., £20, February 1984, 0&nbsp;333&nbsp;32195&nbsp;2
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Dashiell Hammett:&nbsp;A Life at the Edge&nbsp;
by William Nolan.
Arthur Barker, 276 pp., £9.95, September 1983, 0&nbsp;213&nbsp;16886&nbsp;3
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The Life of Dashiell Hammett&nbsp;
by Diane Johnson.
Chatto, 344 pp., £12.95, January 1984, 9780701127664
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Hellman in Hollywood&nbsp;
by Bernard Dick.
Ass</span>ociated University Press</span>es, 183 pp., £14.95, September 1983, 0&nbsp;8386&nbsp;3140&nbsp;1
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... One minor pleasure of growing up is being allowed to buy sweets ad lib. The same applies to thrillers and detective storie...

The Vulgarity of Success</span>

Murray Sayle: Everest and Empire

7 May 1998
Eric Shipton:&nbsp;Everest and Beyond&nbsp;
by Peter Steele.
Constable, 290 pp., £18.99, March 1998, 0&nbsp;09&nbsp;478300&nbsp;4
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... The one line that everybody knows about why people climb mountains was  spoken on a wet night in New York, 17 March 1923. The tall, lean and theatrically handsome George Mallory, clergyman’s  son, Winchester and Magdalen College, Oxford, artillery officer on the Western Front, faultless husband and devoted father of three, was on a lecture tour, trying to raise money for the forthcoming all-British attempt (his third) on Mount Everest ...


Ian Stewart

4 November 1993
The Hacker Crackdown:&nbsp;Law and Disorder on the Electronic Frontier&nbsp;
by Bruce Sterling.
Viking, 328 pp., £16.99, January 1993, 0&nbsp;670&nbsp;84900&nbsp;6
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The New Hacker’s Dictionary&nbsp;
edited by Eric Raymond.
MIT, 516 pp., £11.75, October 1992, 0&nbsp;262&nbsp;68079&nbsp;3
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Approaching Zero:&nbsp;Data Crime and the Computer Underworld&nbsp;
by Bryan Clough and Paul Mungo.
Faber, 256 pp., £4.99, March 1993, 0&nbsp;571&nbsp;16813&nbsp;2
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... On 29 June 1989, a security manager for the US telephone company Indiana Bell received an anonymous telephone call. In a menacing tone a young man’s voice informed him that he had planted bombs in several switching sy stems known as 5ESS s ...

Madly Excited

John Bayley

1 June 1989
The Life of Graham Greene. Vol. I:&nbsp;1904-1939&nbsp;
by Norman Sherry.
Cape, 783 pp., £16.95, April 1989, 0&nbsp;224&nbsp;02654&nbsp;2
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... A best-seller is a classic that can only be read once. All best-selling novelist s create their own version of romance, which must have the authority of seeming to be the real thing ...

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