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Vol. 27 No. 10 · 19 May 2005

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Cover Artist

Peter Campbell

Frank Kermode

William Empson: Vol. I: Among the Mandarins by John Haffenden. Oxford, 695 pp., £30, April 2005, 0 19 927659 5

Letters

Niall Ferguson, Neil Vickers, Richard Guy, Geoffrey Best, David Seddon, Sydney Bernard Smith, Graham Brown, Timothy Knapman

Ross McKibbin

What Blair Threw Away

John Burnside

Poem: ‘Responses to Augustine of Hippo. Part 3: De libero arbitrio’

Robert Irwin

Tamerlane: Sword of Islam, Conqueror of the World by Justin Marozzi. HarperCollins, 449 pp., £25, August 2004, 9780007116119

Corey Robin

Arguing about War by Michael Walzer. Yale, 208 pp., £16.99, July 2004, 0 300 10365 4
Chain of Command by Seymour Hersh. Penguin, 394 pp., £17.99, September 2004, 0 7139 9845 8
Torture: A Collection edited by Sanford Levinson. Oxford, 319 pp., £18.50, November 2004, 0 19 517289 2

Eric Foner

The Dominion of War: Empire and conflict in North America 1500-2000 by Fred Anderson and Andrew Cayton. Atlantic, 520 pp., £19.99, July 2005, 1 903809 73 8

Ilan Pappe

Fortress Israel

James Morone

Born Losers: A History of Failure in America by Scott Sandage. Harvard, 362 pp., £22.95, February 2005, 9780674015104

Thomas Jones

Short Cuts: ‘The Dinner Party’

Partha Dasgupta

Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Survive by Jared Diamond. Allen Lane, 575 pp., £20, January 2005, 0 7139 9286 7

Eleanor Birne

Stuart: A Life Backwards by Alexander Masters. Fourth Estate, 295 pp., £12.99, April 2005, 0 00 720036 6

Elizabeth Lowry

Beyond Black by Hilary Mantel. Fourth Estate, 451 pp., £16.99, May 2005, 0 00 715775 4

David Wheatley

Poem: ‘‘A Pint of Milk’’

Theo Tait

The Bear Boy by Cynthia Ozick. Weidenfeld, 310 pp., £12.99, March 2005, 0 297 84808 9

August Kleinzahler

Collected Poems by Lee Harwood. Shearsman, 522 pp., £17.95, May 2004, 9780907562405

Peter Campbell

At the Royal Academy: Matisse’s revelations

Ian Gilmour

Lady Caroline Lamb by Paul Douglass. Palgrave, 354 pp., £16.99, December 2004, 1 4039 6605 2

Carolin Crawford

The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time and the Texture of Reality by Brian Greene. Penguin, 569 pp., £7.99, February 2005, 0 14 101111 4

Patrick Cockburn

Diary: a report from a divided Iraq

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