John Gray is the New Statesman’s lead book reviewer. His latest book is The Soul of the Marionette: A Short Enquiry into Human Freedom.
To think of this book as any kind of scholarly exercise is a category mistake. The purpose of Pinker’s laborious work is to reassure liberals that they are on “the right side of history”.
The US president, for all his anti-establishment posturing, has turned out to be a servant of an oligarchy he professed to despise.
Norman Davies explainas how the places in which human beings fashion their identities are shaped by migration and the vagaries of power.
Peter J Bowler examines how divergent beliefs about the future have shaped literature, science writing and public perceptions.
Francis O’Gorman believes the systematic devaluation of the past began in earnest in the 19th century.
Stephen Greenblatt's book is a pellucid and absorbing account of the Biblical tale's great significance.
Author John Lloyd is amazed at how Donald Trump has “set about trashing” the practice of journalism.
Keith Lowe’s The Fear and the Freedom is an intimate portrayal of how human beings carry on when their world has changed for ever.
Jeremy Corbyn has consolidated a bourgeois capture of the party begun by Tony Blair.
A new book from Thomas E Ricks explores the similarities between two 20th century mavericks.