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Bad Blood: the Secret Life of the Tour de FranceJeremy WhittleYellow Jersey Press, 288pp, £12.99 Ten years ago, the...
10 October 2005
Even though he wasn't one himself, George Orwell used to say that the conservative pessimist has more opportuni-ties...
A state like no other. Israel, once seen as a refuge, has become one of the few places where Jews are attacked simply for being Jews. Geoffrey Wheatcroft on the troubled history of a homeland
25 April 2005
One of the best things Bernard Levin ever wrote was an essay for the New Statesman in 1965 called: "Am I a Jew?" He...
A man of the century. Martin Amis wrote about him with devotion; to Gore Vidal, he was the best critic of "the living novel". Geoffrey Wheatcroft on one of literature's finest all-rounders
18 October 2004
Over the years, this magazine has known many ups and downs, vicissitudes and victories, grandeurs et servitudes, but...
The sum of his books. Edward Said denounced V S Naipaul as a "native informer", and even his warmest admirers have struggled to defend his recent inflammatory utterances. But surely no one can deny that he is one of the world's greatest writers, argues Ge
02 February 2004
When V S Naipaul was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature three autumns ago, the committee nervously disclaimed any...
The supreme German. Geoffrey Wheatcroft on Albert Speer, a man without moral conviction or ideology, who should have hanged at Nuremberg
05 November 2001
When the National Socialists came to power in 1933, the Viennese writer Karl Kraus tried to address the political and...
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Who killed Dr Glock? "Archaeology is not a science, it is a vendetta." Geoffrey Wheatcroft on the assassination of an American who became caught up in the land disputes of the Middle East
06 August 2001
One of the books of our age waiting to be written could be called The Uses and Abuses of History. So many books, from...
11 December 2000
Why oh why is the popular press so hated? We have had cheap, mass-circulation newspapers in this country for just over...
Food and Drink
20 November 2000
If one of those assertions easier made than checked is to be believed, more books have been written about Richard...
11 September 2000
Whatever their other fears, hopes or vanities, very few academic historians can seriously believe that they will one...
12 June 2000
Not many journalists' work survives reprinting, and what does last is by no means always from the best-known or best-...
Both colonists and colonised. Can England's troubled relationship with Ireland usefully be compared to European colonialism? Geoffrey Wheatcroft weighs up the revisionist and nationalist debates
22 May 2000
When an Italian talks about visiting her casa colonica in the countryside, she means no more than a farmhouse. This...
03 April 2000
Someone once said that the English don't really like animals, they just dislike children. It was a good line, better in...
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13 December 1999
In the preface to a good if now little-read book on South African history published nearly 60 years ago, C W de Kiewiet...
Victory for the forces of conservatism. Two weeks after Churchill became PM the cabinet had to decide whether to continue the war. Geoffrey Wheatcroft on the long weekend that could have changed the world
15 November 1999
We have all learnt to value social and economic history, the longue duree and the deep current; the traditional history...