Samir Arora photographed in 1998 giving a talk to staff at NetObjects

Secrets of Silicon Valley: dress down, be original

The lessons drawn by high-tech entrepreneurs reveal much about an often misunderstood world

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How far should our pursuit of happiness take us?

Stephen Cave wonders if we are obscuring the more important goal of alleviating suffering

Lionel Barber reviews Henry Kissinger’s ‘World Order’

The former secretary of state to two US presidents calls for American leadership at a time of international disorder

Mission Specialist Bruce McCandless II ‘free-flying’ using a nitrogen jet propelled backpack
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‘Sapiens’, by Yuval Noah Harari

A provocative new history of civilisation considers a post-human future. Review by John Gray

The way we eat now

Three new books about food and diet, reviewed by Erica Wagner

Tolstoy translated

Rosamund Bartlett describes how the works of Russia’s greatest writer were introduced to the English-speaking world

Captain Charlie May outside his tent during training on Salisbury Plain, England

The first world war: soldiers’ testimonies

Even 100 years since the war broke out, eloquent memoirs are still surfacing, writes David Stevenson

Alistair Darling and Gordon Brown
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Britain vs the banks

How financial hubris and excess gave way to crisis, scandal – and an uncertain future. Philip Augar reviews books by Ian Fraser, Hugh Pym and Alex Brummer

Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and US President George Bush during the G7 summit in London in 1991
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The final days of the Soviet Union

The roles of Mikhail Gorbachev, George HW Bush, Boris Yeltsin and Ukraine in the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Review by John Lloyd

Feminism reinvented

Don’t expect a uniform message in the latest wave of feminist literature