Vol. 30 No. 24 · 18 December 2008

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Vol. 30 No. 24 · 18 December 2008

Thomas Laqueur

The Civil War and the Limits of Destruction by Mark Neely. Harvard, 277 pp., £20.95, November 2007, 978 0 674 02658 2
This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War by Drew Gilpin Faust. Knopf, 346 pp., $27.95, January 2008, 978 0 375 40404 7

Letters

R.W. Johnson, Terence Ranger, Matthias Tomczak, Mahmood Mamdani, Mark Gevisser, J.G.A. Pocock, Robert Picciotto, James Cuno, Edward Luttwak, Mark Bostridge, Paul Kriwaczek, Editors, ‘London Review’

Peter Campbell

At the British Museum: Babylon

Patrick Cockburn

America Concedes

John Borneman

The Veil: Women Writers on Its History, Lore and Politics by Jennifer Heath. California, 346 pp., £12.95, April 2008, 978 0 520 25518 0

Mark Ford

Poem: ‘The Death of Petronius’

Marina Warner

The Arabian Nights: Tales of 1001 Nights translated by Malcolm Lyons, with Ursula Lyons. Penguin, 2715 pp., £125, November 2008, 978 0 14 091166 4
‘The Arabian Nights’ in Historical Context: Between East and West edited by Saree Makdisi and Felicity Nussbaum. Oxford, 337 pp., £55, November 2008, 978 0 19 955415 7

Alison Light

Bloomsbury Ballerina: Lydia Lopokova, Imperial Dancer and Mrs John Maynard Keynes by Judith Mackrell. Weidenfeld, 476 pp., £25, April 2008, 978 0 297 84908 7

Daniel Soar

Short Cuts: Books of the Year of the Year

Elisabeth Ladenson

Memoirs by Hortense Mancini and Marie Mancini, edited and translated by Sarah Nelson. Chicago, 217 pp., £31, August 2008, 978 0 226 50279 3

Mark Kishlansky

The Long Parliament of Charles II by Annabel Patterson. Yale, 283 pp., £30, September 2008, 978 0 300 13708 8

Craig Raine

Poem: ‘Those No-Doubt-About-It Infidelity Blues’

Simon Jenkins

The Duel: Castlereagh, Canning and Deadly Cabinet Rivalry by Giles Hunt. Tauris, 214 pp., £20, January 2008, 978 1 84511 593 7

Seamus Perry

William Wordsworth’s ‘The Prelude’: A Casebook edited by Stephen Gill. Oxford, 406 pp., £19.99, September 2006, 0 19 518092 5

Caleb Crain

Buckminster Fuller: Starting with the Universe edited by K. Michael Hays and Dana Miller. Yale, 257 pp., £35, July 2008, 978 0 300 12620 4

Caroline Fraser

Red Mandarin Dress by Qiu Xiaolong. Sceptre, 310 pp., £7.99, July 2008, 978 0 340 93518 7

Tariq Ali

Diary: Murder in the Family

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