Francis Fukuyama’s ‘Political Order and Political Decay’

The triumph of liberal freedoms looks far from assured in this grand survey. Review by David Runciman

XCF282098 Spanish Soldiers killing Protestants in Haarlem, c.1567 (colour engraving) by .; Private Collection; ( Spanish reprisals after the surrender of Haarlem in 1573; Eighty Years' War; army of Philip II of Spain laid siege to the city of Haarlem in the Netherlands;); out of copyright
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‘Fields of Blood’, by Karen Armstrong

Should we understand religious violence as a response to secularist provocation – or even as a myth? Review by John Cornwell

An illustration by Simon Pemberton
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‘The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher’, by Hilary Mantel

Horror meets the horrid in this wickedly good collection of short stories. Review by Simon Schama

‘Innovating Women’, by Vivek Wadhwa and Farai Chideya

The gender gap in Silicon Valley and what a new generation of technologists are doing to close it. Review by Hannah Kuchler

‘Us’, by David Nicholls

David Nicholls’ follow-up to ‘One Day’ is a study of a marriage unravelling. Review by Lucy Kellaway

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‘Please, Mister Postman’, by Alan Johnson

Alan Johnson’s memoirs turn from west London childhood to the Post Office and union politics. Review by Matthew Engel

‘The Social Life of Money’, by Nigel Dodd

An alternative origins story offers to help us imagine a better world. Review by Pietra Rivoli

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‘These Days Are Ours’, by Michelle Haimoff

Review by India Ross

‘Two More Pints’, by Roddy Doyle

Review by Carl Wilkinson

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‘Paradox’, edited by Ian Whates

Review by James Lovegrove