Companies on trial

Brandon Garrett asks whether America’s legal system has swung too far towards rehabilitation at the expense of deterrence and punishment in dealing with corporate crime

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‘The English and Their History’, by Robert Tombs

This impressive work seeks to explain the rise of a trading nation – and takes aim at the idea of post-imperial decline. Review by Christopher Sylvester

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‘Amnesia’, by Peter Carey

The Australian novelist blends conspiracy thriller, comic farce and an examination of contemporary hackers

Halberstadt after its bombing in April 1945
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‘Air Raid’, by Alexander Kluge

The work of a polymath of literature, philosophy and film who deserves to be better known outside Germany. Review by Sukhdev Sandhu

Front cover of 'A Brief History of Seven Killings', by Marlon James

‘A Brief History of Seven Killings’, by Marlon James

A retelling of a violent outbreak in Jamaica challenges perceptions of Bob Marley. Review by IanThomson

Book cover of 'Spam Nation' by Brian Krebs

‘Spam Nation’, by Brian Krebs

How Russian underground networks bombarded millions with unwanted email. Review by Hannah Kuchler

‘The American Lover’, by Rose Tremain

A new story collection marked by a timeless melancholy. Review by Michael Prodger

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‘A Kingdom in Crisis’, by Andrew MacGregor Marshall

The issue of royal succession lies behind Thailand’s political impasse. Review by Paul Handley

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‘Tales of the Marvellous and News of the Strange’, introduced by Robert Irwin

Review by India Ross

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‘The Gods of Olympus’, by Barbara Graziosi

Review by Suzi Feay