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.
Reading Aickman’s strange stories is to glimpse a reality you would prefer to forget.
Liberals have consistently misread the present – and their complacency is pushing us into a new authoritarian era.
The fundamentals of Western politics are under threat. So what’s next?
In some ways, the revolutionaries of 1968 helped capitalism flourish.
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.