Like an undergraduate struggling to reach the word count, Harari writes in pointless asides and cringeworthy platitudes of fortune-cookie quality.
What do its three generations of leaders tell us about this brutal dictatorship and its prospects of a nuclear deal with Trump’s America?
Perry Anderson's book asks whether dominance is based on consent or coercion.
Serhii Plokhy’s The Man with the Poison Gun is a gripping, remarkable Cold War spy story.
From doping at the 1936 Olympic Games to giving soldiers methamphetamine, two new books reveal the drugs that fuelled the Third Reich.
The friendship between Walter Benjamin and Bertolt Brecht was a "conspiratorial rapport".
Gavin Jacobson considers the great philosopher’s plan for society as revealed in Nietzsche’s Great Politics by Hugo Drochon.
Today's reader of Mihail Sebastian's disturbing, existential exploration of alienation and self-loathing might benefit from footnotes - but the book still speaks to today's discontents.