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John Gray is the New Statesman's lead book reviewer. His latest book is "The Immortalisation Commission: Science and the Strange Quest to Cheat Death (Penguin, £9.99).
G K Chesterton’s metaphysical nightmare.
Ian Morris describes how western pre-eminence came about through accidents of geography, technology
The ex-Northern Rock chairman Matt Ridley is an apologist for social Darwinism. His book is proof th
Ayn Rand's laissez-faire tracts have enjoyed a revival in recent years – Alan Greenspan was an early devotee. Her thinking continues to influence all levels of US finance and politics.
Science fiction was once driven by a faith in human ability to change the world. These days, the gen
Norman Stone’s masterly new account of the cold war makes its points by resort both to empirical fac
The early anarchists were a convenient enemy against which the status quo was strengthened.