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

Dylan Thomas: ‘At the mercy of words’

Owen Sheers marks the centenary of the birth of the bold, physical, sonorous poet who emerged from the cultural maelstrom of 1930s Wales

A pair of high heel shoes is placed on shore in front of a yacht
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The inequality debate

Have the wealthy managed to rewrite the rules to suit themselves? Or have the disaffected forgotten how rich they really are? By Mark Vandevelde

USA. 1960. The Fairchild/Shockley 8, who left the lab of Nobel Prize winner William Shockey to form Silicon Valley's first start-up, Fairchild Semiconductor. Clockwise from top: Eugene Kleiner, Gordon Moore, C. Sheldon Roberts, Jay Last, Robertt Noyce, Jean Hoerni, Julius Blank and Victor Grinich.
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‘The Innovators’, by Walter Isaacson

A new history of the digital revolution by the author of the bestselling biography of Steve Jobs. Review by Richard Waters

Contemporary art: the gorilla in the room

Jackie Wullschlager examines recent attempts by critics to make sense of the inflated art world