Vol. 42 No. 15 · 30 July 2020

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Cover Artist

Anne Rothenstein

William Davies

Who am I prepared to kill?


Otto Saumarez Smith, Richard J. Evans, Mark Bostridge, Michael Bentley, Yih Lerh Huang, Paul Brown, Steve Smith, Charles Mahoney, Peter Hayes, Michael Holland, Olav Martin Kvern, Chris Sansom

Alan Bennett

The Shrine

Adam Tooze

Schism: China, America and the Fracturing of the Global Trading System by Paul Blustein. McGill-Queen’s, 356 pp., £27.99, September 2019, 978 1 928096 85 6
Superpower Showdown: How the Battle between Trump and Xi Threatens a New Cold War by Bob Davis and Lingling Wei. Harper, 480 pp., £25, June, 978 0 06 295305 6
Trade Wars Are Class Wars: How Rising Inequality Distorts the Global Economy and Threatens International Peace by Matthew C. Klein and Michael Pettis. Yale, 288 pp., £20, June, 978 0 300 24417 5
The New Class War: Saving Democracy from the Metropolitan Elite by Michael Lind. Atlantic, 224 pp., £14.99, February, 978 1 78649 955 4

Hazel V. Carby

Peine forte et dure

Frances Stonor Saunders

The Suitcase

Patrick Cockburn

Short Cuts: Thanington Without

Randall Kennedy

The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution by Eric Foner. Norton, 288 pp., £18.99, October 2019, 978 0 393 65257 4

Linda Colley

Outsourcing Empire: How Company-States Made the Modern World by Andrew Phillips and J.C. Sharman. Princeton, 253 pp., £25, June, 978 0 691 20351 5

Anne Wagner

Eva Hesse

Neal Ascherson

A Schoolmaster’s War: Harry Rée, British Agent in the French Resistance edited by Jonathan Rée. Yale, 204 pp., £14.99, March, 978 0 300 24566 0

N.A.M. Rodger

Sons of the Waves: The Common Seaman in the Heroic Age of Sail 1740-1840 by Stephen Taylor. Yale, 490 pp., £20, April, 978 0 300 24571 4

Robin Robertson

Poem: ‘Near Gleann nam Fiadh’

Clare Bucknell

You People by Nikita Lalwani. Viking, 231 pp., £12.99, April, 978 0 241 40953 4

Michael Wood

Counterfactuals: Paths of the Might Have Been by Christopher Prendergast. Bloomsbury, 257 pp., £19.99, February 2019, 978 1 350 09009 5
Telling It Like It Wasn’t: The Counterfactual Imagination in History and Fiction by Catherine Gallagher. Chicago, 359 pp., £26.50, January 2018, 978 0 226 51241 9

Richard Shone

Forster in Cambridge

James Lomax

Diary: In Ashgabat

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