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No Return

It is hard to review this book without lapsing into the language of academic letters of recommendation: it is brilliant, illuminating. The genre is the Anglo-American ‘book of the thesis’. This genre contrasts with that of first books from young German and French scholars in that the author has taken years to revise his 2015Continue reading “No Return”

Nehru’s Voice

The Selected Works of Jawaharlal Nehru have been published in 100 volumes. The first 15 volumes together make up the First Series, and the following 85 are the Second Series. These roughly cover the pre- and post-1946 periods and are thus divided by the formation of the interim government in India during the transfer ofContinue reading “Nehru’s Voice”

The Politics of Humiliation

Samuel Clark reviews a ‘thoughtful’ look at the role public humiliation has played in modern society.

Migrant City: A New History of London

Jean P. Smith reviews this exploration of the myriad ways that migrants have contributed to the making of London, finding it a substantial achievement of broad historical relevance.

A Promised Land

Daniel Snowman reviews a ‘highly absorbing’ account of the former US President’s personal and political life, up to the death of Osama bin Laden.