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).

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Books
02 December 2002
The Aerodrome: a love story has been called the best novel ever written about fascism. Certainly no other novel - none...
Politics
25 November 2002
The new world order is consigned to the rubbish heap, and the outlines of the world in which we will live over the...
Economics
28 October 2002
Tony Benn and Jeffrey Archer do not have a lot in common. The pious parliamentarian and the flamboyant former Tory...
International Politics
28 October 2002
With the fall of communism, it might have been expected that the specialists who were charged with keeping Lenin's...
UK Politics
30 September 2002
When new Labour came to power in May 1997, it accepted the framework of economic policy it inherited from the...
Culture
16 September 2002
The belief that there is no such thing as human nature has come to be the core dogma of radical humanism. Marxists and...
Politics
19 August 2002
In the 20th century the state was the chief enemy of freedom. Today, it is the weakness of the state that most...
Economics
29 July 2002
The triumph of global capitalism was one of the better practical jokes of history. Long before capitalism began to...
Law
22 July 2002
According to Edward O Wilson, the greatest living Darwinian thinker, the earth is entering a new evolutionary era. We...
Books
01 July 2002
Like many of Elmore Leonard's characters, Dennis Lenahan takes big risks chasing small gains. A man with few talents...
Ideas
24 June 2002
Fidel Castro has ordered Cuban biotechnologists to clone a new breed of cow. The ageing caudillo sees the cloning...
International Politics
27 May 2002
In the lexicon of contemporary cant, modernisation signifies everything that is worth striving for. Who wants to be...
International Politics
13 May 2002
The relationship of Britain to the rest of Europe can be seen as thoroughly neurotic - or surprisingly sane. Refusing...
Books
29 April 2002
"The sacrosanct fetish of today is science." Mr Vladimir, first secretary at the Russian embassy in Joseph Conrad's...
Books
08 April 2002
Aldous Huxley is easy to dislike. The offspring of a formidable intellectual dynasty - he was the grandson of T H...

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