Families and members from AA gang (Artistas assasinos) mourn their relatives and "brothers" mourning the deaths of members of a Mexican drugs gang killed in March 2009 in Ciudad Juárez
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Drugs: the war without end

Three new books show the debate over how to combat the drugs trade taking a pragmatic turn

A young man reading beside a young elephant
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How books get lost in translation

Anglophone readers may be growing more open to global literature but large parts of the world remain out of bounds

‘Hall of Mirrors’, by Barry Eichengreen

How we avoided Depression-era errors — and then relaxed too soon. Review by Ferdinando Giugliano

Books: The story of Germany

A country shaped by tragedy and triumph, from the Holy Roman Empire to its current half-hearted European hegemony

White butterflies surround local people collecting scrap from a crashed spacecraft in the Altai territory of Siberia in summer 2000
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Masters of the Earth

Scientists say we are entering a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene — the age of humans. But are we thriving or inadvertently destroying ourselves?

George Orwell at his typewriter
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George Orwell’s luminous truths

Claimed by both left and right, the English writer is revealed in all his fierce integrity in a new collection of journalism

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

Former US presidents George W Bush (front) and his father George HW Bush, pitch before a Texas Rangers game in 2010
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George W Bush on his father’s presidency

The 43rd president shows a gift for narrative as he seeks to jump-start a reassessment of his father’s legacy – and settles some old scores along the way

US national security policy since 9/11

Three very different perspectives on the egos, errors and power struggles at the heart of government

Berlin Wall two days after it was breached on November 9 1989
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25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall

East Germany ranks as among the least lamented states in European history, writes Tony Barber