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Vol. 31 No. 24 · 17 December 2009

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Vol. 31 No. 24 · 17 December 2009

David Runciman

The Clinton Tapes: Wrestling History in the White House by Taylor Branch. Simon and Schuster, 707 pp., £20, October 2009, 978 1 84737 140 9

Letters

John Baxendale, Lorna Salzman, Jan Montefiore, Paul Fryer, Patrick Renshaw, Tim Leggatt, Daisy Bickley, Tony Watson, Steve Lane, Nigel Shardlow

Andrew Bacevich

Social Work with Guns

Michael Wood

The Subtleties of Frank Kermode

Billy Collins

Poem: ‘The Poems of Others’

William Feaver

John Piper, Myfanwy Piper: Lives in Art by Frances Spalding. Oxford, 598 pp., £25, September 2009, 978 0 19 956761 4

Miranda Carter

The Secret Lives of Somerset Maugham by Selina Hastings. John Murray, 614 pp., £25, September 2009, 978 0 7195 6554 0

Charles Glass

England’s Last War against France: Fighting Vichy 1940-42 by Colin Smith. Weidenfeld, 490 pp., £25, July 2009, 978 0 297 85218 6

Don Coles

Poem: ‘Places’

Peter Campbell

At the Ashmolean: The things themselves

David Kaiser

The Lightness of Being: Big Questions, Real Answers by Frank Wilczek. Allen Lane, 270 pp., £18.99, June 2009, 978 1 84614 245 1

Robert Vitalis

Crude World: The Violent Twilight of Oil by Peter Maass. Allen Lane, 276 pp., £20, October 2009, 978 1 84614 246 8

Bill Pearlman

Short Cuts: Hanging with Pynchon

Andrew Nathan

Prisoner of the State: The Secret Journal of Chinese Premier Zhao Ziyang by Zhao Ziyang, translated by Bao Pu, Renee Chiang and Adi Ignatius. Simon and Schuster, 306 pp., £20, May 2009, 978 1 84737 697 8

Michael Wood

At the Movies: ‘A Serious Man’

Miles Taylor

The Frock-Coated Communist: The Revolutionary Life of Friedrich Engels by Tristram Hunt. Allen Lane, 442 pp., £25, May 2009, 978 0 7139 9852 8
The Condition of the Working Class in England by Friedrich Engels. Penguin, 307 pp., £10.99, May 2009, 978 0 14 119110 2

Geoffrey Wheatcroft

My Paper Chase: True Stories of Vanished Times – An Autobiography by Harold Evans. Little, Brown, 515 pp., £25, September 2009, 978 1 4087 0203 1

Sam Willetts

Two Poems

Jérôme Tubiana

Why Chad isn’t Darfur and Darfur isn’t Rwanda

R.W. Johnson

Diary: The World Cup

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