Herbert Marcuse.
Secret Reports on Nazi Germany by Neumann, Marcuse and Kircheimer: Possible patterns of German collapse
By John Bew - 22 August 9:50

What do you get when you put three neo-Marxists from the Frankfurt School in the US's Office of Strategic Services, a forerunner of the CIA? Some of the best analysis of Nazi Germany ever written, says John Bew.

Jazzie B.
Sounds Like London by Lloyd Bradley: An intensive, lovingly written account of 100 years of black music in the capital
By Bim Adewunmi - 22 August 9:10

A serious music journalist, Lloyd Bradley's history of black music in the nation's capital is captivating and well crafted, writes Bim Adewunmi.

La Procure.
Books in Brief: Giovanni Frazzetto, Robin Blackburn and David Marsh
By Philip Maughan - 22 August 7:00

Three new books you may have missed.

"The art of the people": how comics got political
By Laura Sneddon - 21 August 11:34

"I think ideas are the real villains in politics and the world generally."

Carnival by Rawi Hage and Ballistics by D W Wilson: Dashboard existentialists
By Leo Robson - 15 August 11:00

Two Canadian novelists stretch and expand the fictional geography of their native land in their new books.

The Camelot delusion: John F Kennedy’s legacy 50 years on
By David Runciman - 15 August 10:30

Tears are cheap and so, to a certain extent, are words. Deeds are what counts and on that score Kennedy’s presidency was a mix of good and bad, says David Runciman.

Books in Brief.
Books in Brief: Andrew Davies, Robert Graves and Linda Porter
By Michael Prodger - 15 August 10:00

Three new books you may have missed.

Bill Shankly.
Red or Dead by David Peace: From football to the battle against age, the war against death
By Jonathan Wilson - 15 August 9:15

Bill Shankly transformed Liverpool football club from second-flight also rans into giants. His resignation, after 15 years in charge, remains a riddle.

The Pink Gang: the vigilantes in saris fighting for India's women
By Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett - 15 August 8:20

Inside the movement that rescues young couples from arranged marriages and confronts violent husbands and corrupt policemen.

Hadrian's Wall.
Under Another Sky by Charlotte Higgins: They came, they saw, they conquered us
By Ruth Padel - 15 August 7:15

The study of Roman Britain is always political writes Charlotte Higgins in her well-considered, beautifully-written geographical survey of 400 years under Roman rule.

Bill Shankly.
Reviews round-up
By Jonathan Brick - 12 August 15:00

The critics' verdicts on Mendelson, Hawi and Peace.

An excerpt of Prophet, via WarrenEllis.com
Comics review: If you like space oddities, Prophet is for you
By Cara Ellison - 10 August 12:59

Prophet volumes 1 & 2 by Brandon Graham et al is like being slingshotted through a tunnel populated with all the weird beasts of Mos Eisley whilst a rat gently knaws off your arm, says Cara Ellison.

Indian woman with sari.
In The Critics this week
By Bithia Large - 08 August 17:09

David Runciman on Kennedy's last 100 days, Rachel Bowlby on the changing nature of parenthood and Rachel Cooke on the Channel 4 drama Southcliffe.

The New York Review Abroad: A breathless journey around disparate worlds
By Tara Isabella Burton - 07 August 15:30

Tara Isabella Burton reviews a a hefty and often harrowing compendium of The New York Review’s foreign reportage over the past fifty years.

Inside the Science Museum library
Fiction Uncovered 2013 is no literary John Peel sessions
By Jonathan McAloon - 07 August 15:00

Do we need yet another self-serving literary prize list? The Fiction Uncovered 2013 list purports to give prominence to promising and innovative writers that have been overlooked elsewhere, but the many of the books it has selected are anything but, write

Curtis Sittenfeld.
Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld: A modern American fable about the danger of tempting fate
By Sarah Churchwell - 06 August 14:00

In her latest novel, Curtis Sittenfeld depicts the tedium of modern motherhood a little too well - a gamble she has taken before, but has consistently paid off.

Night time in New York.
The End of Night by Paul Bogard: Are naturally dark skies really an inalienable human right?
By Tom Fort - 06 August 12:30

Bogard's tirade against the loss of natural darkness to synthetic light is ultimately irrelevant. Unesco can whine all they want about light as "an inalienable human right" - but who is going to turn out their lights?

Judith Tebbutt.
A Long Walk Home by Judith Tebbutt: A story told with heroic self-control
By Jane Shilling - 06 August 12:00

The story of Judith Tebbutt and her husband David, who were captured in 2011 on the border between Kenya and Somalia, is all the fuller in book form, where the small, astonishing details filter through.

Liz Jones.
I expected to be irritated by Liz Jones's book, I hadn't expected to be bored
By Rosamund Urwin - 06 August 11:45

Liz Jones's autobiography, Girl Least Likely To, is so drenched in self-pity it becomes draining to read.

Indian cricket.
Reviews round-up
By Critic - 05 August 16:00

The critics' verdicts on Wilson, Astill and Doyle.

A boy watches a panorama of the Sebastopol siege during the Crimean war
Empire of the Deep by Ben Wilson: When Britain ruled the waves
By Stephen Taylor - 04 August 10:03

Britain was designed for maritime power. Stephen Taylor reviews a sweeping history of Britain's naval prowess that covers the great commanders but finds little space for the seamen who served them.

The consolations of crime fiction, past and present
By Ian Sansom - 03 August 10:50

In a world now dominated by vast, mysterious forces that none of us understands or can control, the comforts of crime fiction are perhaps more apparent than ever. Ian Sansom examines why detective stories continue to exert such power over us.

West Bank Wall being climbed by Palestinians.
Reviews Round-up
By Critic - 30 July 7:00

The critics' verdicts on Di Cintio, Laing and Pagden.

UK Uncut protest.
Left Without a Future? by Anthony Painter: astute proposals, overly "pragmatic"
By Joe Collin - 29 July 11:02

Anthony Painter’s 'Left Without A Future?' demonstrates an all too typical condemnation of “moral fervour”.

An autistic child plays with bubbles.
The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida: Autism from the inside
By Caroline Crampton - 28 July 11:30

Naoki Higashida has written a sparkling collection of Q&As, reflections and stories which describes like with autism from a first-hand perspective.

Clive James with his daughter Claerwen James.
The Divine Comedy translated by Clive James: Writing as reparation
By Fiona Sampson - 25 July 10:00

Dante turned his non-relationship with Beatrice into a story of passionate significance in La Vita Nuova. Likewise, Clive James is paying tribute to his Dante scholar wife, from whom he is estranged.

Walls by Marcello Di Cintio: Constructions of brick and steel which divide people are not only enduring, but thriving
By Owen Hatherley - 25 July 9:45

Berlin, Belfast, Nicosia and the West Bank - Marcello Di Cintio's historical tour of tangible divisions across the globe makes for pessimistic reading.

Tennessee Williams with a glass of cherry.
The Trip to Echo Spring by Olivia Laing: On the need of hyperarticulate people to get raving drunk
By Talitha Stevenson - 25 July 9:30

The lives of six writers, and the reasons why they drank so much, are explored in this nuanced portrait which give pleasure in every sentence and offers bright collisions with the past.

The charisma question: Disraeli and Gladstone reappraised
By David Marquand - 25 July 9:30

Dick Leonard's double biography of Disraeli and Gladstone has come at the perfect time: they cast light on our current leaders and the misunderstood charisma gap between them.

J K Rowling’s whodunnit
By Leo Robson - 25 July 8:10

As a story about literature, the affair of <em>The Cuckoo's Calling</em> merely shows that a book can change its shape from “astonishingly mature debut” to humdrum mid-period effort in the space of a couple of days.