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Katrina Forrester: In Bed with the Police

7 November 2013
Undercover: The True Story of Britain’s Secret Police 
by Rob Evans and Paul Lewis.
Faber and Guardian Books, 346 pp., £12.99, June 2013, 978 0 571 30217 8
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... officers did and continue to do their job well, providing intelligence that allows the state to monitor subversives. The fault, they claim, lies with a number of rogue officers. In Undercover, RobEvans and Paul Lewis draw on the testimonies of activists and whistleblowers to chart the history of secret policing. Their prize source is the former undercover officer Peter Francis, who spied on minor ...

Into Dust

Richard J. Evans: Nazis 1945

8 September 2011
The End: Hitler’s Germany 1944-45 
by Ian Kershaw.
Allen Lane, 564 pp., £30, August 2011, 978 0 7139 9716 3
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... Their self-immolation was testimony to their allegiance to Hitler as well as to their belief that life was meaningless without him. Arrest and trial would confront them with their crimes and rob them of their belief that what they had done was historically necessary. Suicide, some thought, was an honourable, Roman way out, a heroic gesture that would serve Germans as an example for the ...

The Club and the Mob

James Meek: The Shock of the News

6 December 2018
Breaking News: The Remaking of Journalism and Why It Matters Now 
by Alan Rusbridger.
Canongate, 464 pp., £20, September 2018, 978 1 78689 093 1
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... The missing soldier’s sister said: ‘We just figured it was going to be a one-time thing.’ One of the more extraordinary investigations of the last years of Rusbridger’s editorship was RobEvans and Paul Lewis’s series revealing how police officers had infiltrated British counterculture movements by assuming false identities so deep they had formed long-term sexual relationships with ...

Touch of Evil

Christopher Hitchens

22 October 1992
Kissinger: A Biography 
by Walter Isaacson.
Faber, 893 pp., £25, September 1992, 0 571 16858 2
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... In a rather more judgmental time, history was sometimes written like this: ‘The evils produced by his wickedness were felt in lands where the name of Prussia was unknown; and in order that he might rob a neighbour whom he had promised to defend, black men fought on the coast of Coromandel, and red men scalped each other by the Great Lakes of North America.’ ‘Evil’? ‘Wickedness’? The ...

What We’re about to Receive

Jeremy Harding: Food Insecurity

13 May 2010
... Simons and Hardin Tibbs. Chatham House, 50 pp., February 2009http://www.chathamhouse.org.uk/publications/papers/view/-/id/695/ Rising Food Prices: Drivers and Implications for Development by Alex Evans. Chatham House, 11 pp., April 2008http://www.chathamhouse.org.uk/publications/papers/view/-/id/612/ Sir John Beddington’s speech to the Sustainable Development UK conference, March 2009.http ...

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