In the Critics this Week

David Cesarani on the legacy of the film Shoah, Anne McElvoy on George W Bush's memoirs and Andrew A

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It's been twenty-five years since the release of Shoah the seminal documentary about the Holocaust and our Critic at Large, David Cesarani, discusses the legacy of this extraordinary film.

Ryan Gilbey finds Anton Corbijn's The American has the bitter taste of a Nespresso advert made by someone who thinks he's Antonioni. Rachel Cooke is mesmerised by Hannah Rothschild's Storyville portrait of Peter Mandelson.

Andrew Billen goes to review a play at the Ivy and finds he is still expected to pick up the tab for his supper. Rick Jones enjoys the premiere of a double concerto by Simon Holt in Cardiff, adeptly played by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

Antonia Quirke wishes her own humble canal boat bore a greater resemblance to Jacques Cousteau's Calypso whilst listening to The Impossible Life of Jacques Cousteau on the World Service. Will Self is put off his lunch by the overbearing branding of the sandwich chain, EAT.

Andrew Adonis thinks that David Laws' account of the post-election talks for the formation of the coalition, 22 Days in May, to be both highly informative and highly partisan, whilst Jonathan Derbyshire interviews Kwame Anthony Appiah on his new book, The Honor Code.

Barry Miles is impressed and amused by the frankness of Keith Richard's autobiography. Michael Hodges finds a new history of the AK-47 to be admirably detailed, if lacking in a cultural hinterland.Olivia Laing is charmed by Polly Samson's unsettling new collection of short stories, Perfect Lives, whilst Anne McElvoy thinks, that despite the hype, George W Bush's Decision Points "reduces the presidency to one damn thing after the other."

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