In The Critics this week

Robert Skidelsky on the future of capitalism, Bonnie Greer on Alvin Ailey and Ryan Gilbey on Scott P

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This week, Robert Skidelsky evaluates three economists' books on the financial crisis and their prescriptions for the global economy.

Elsewhere in Books, personal experience is a theme: the novelist Karl Malantes reflects on his time in Vietnam in the books interview, some revealing reflections by the "intensely private" Michael Frayn are appreciated by Anthony Howard, and Amanda Craig is moved by Candia McWilliam's beautiful and harrowing memoir.

Plus, Bonnie Greer discusses the legacy of the African-American choreographer Alvin Ailey, Scott Pilgrim v the World entertains Ryan Gilbey, and we have the rest of the usual columns from our award-winning critics.

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