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Vol. 13 No. 5 · 7 March 1991

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David King

John Lloyd

Gorbachev: The Making of the Man who Shook the World by Gail Sheehy. Heinemann, 468 pp., £16.99, December 1990, 0 434 69518 1
Gorbachev: Heretic in the Kremlin by Dusko Doder and Louise Branson. Macdonald, 430 pp., £14.95, December 1990, 0 356 19760 3
The Nationalities Question in the Soviet Union edited by Graham Smith. Longman, 389 pp., £22.50, January 1991, 0 582 03953 3

Letters

Carmel Budiardjo, Neil Belton, John Christopher, P. Crowson, George Clark, Roger Crisp, John Green, W.G. Runciman, John Passmore, Alison Weir, Alan Sinfield, Cushing Strout

Edward Said

Edward Said, an American and an Arab, writes on the eve of the Iraqi-Soviet peace talks

Tom Paulin

Three Poems

Geoffrey Hawthorn

The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money and Power by Daniel Yergin. Simon and Schuster, 877 pp., £20, January 1991, 0 671 50248 4

Ross McKibbin

Conflicts of Interest: Diaries 1977-80 by Tony Benn, edited by Ruth Winstone. Hutchinson, 675 pp., £20, September 1990, 0 09 174321 4
Words as Weapons: Selected Writings 1980-1990 by Paul Foot. Verso, 281 pp., £29.95, November 1990, 0 86091 310 4

P.N. Furbank

The Uses of Error by Frank Kermode. Collins, 432 pp., £18, February 1991, 9780002154659

Mark Ford

Poem: ‘Affirmative Action’

Patrick Collinson

London and the Reformation by Susan Brigden. Oxford, 676 pp., £55, December 1989, 0 19 822774 4

Jane Miller

The Collected Letters of George Gissing. Vol. I: 1863-1880 edited by Paul Mattheisen, Arthur Young and Pierre Coustillas. Ohio, 334 pp., £47.50, September 1990, 0 8214 0955 7

Angela Carter

Downriver by Iain Sinclair. Paladin, 407 pp., £14.99, March 1991, 0 586 09074 6

Frank Kermode

Lilac and Flag by John Berger. Granta, 211 pp., £12.99, January 1991, 0 14 014214 2

Paul Foot

Memoirs of a Libel Lawyer by Peter Carter Ruck. Weidenfeld, 293 pp., £20, November 1990, 0 297 81022 7

James Fox

The Theatre of Embarrassment by Francis Wyndham. Chatto, 205 pp., £15, February 1991, 0 7011 3726 6

Zvi Jagendorf

Diary: In Jerusalem

Ian Aitken

A Dubious Codicil: An Autobiography by by Michael Wharton. Chatto, 261 pp., £15.99, December 1990, 0 7011 3064 4
The House the Berrys built by Duff Hart-Davis. Hodder, 299 pp., £16.95, April 1990, 3 405 92526 6
Lords of Fleet Street: The Harmsworth Dynasty by Richard Bourne. Unwin Hyman, 258 pp., £16.95, October 1990, 0 04 440450 6

Selima Hill

Three Poems

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