Why rage and reason are close relatives

Feeling Smart: Why Our Emotions Are More Rational Than We Think by Eyal Winter

‘The Hidden Agenda of the Political Mind’, by Jason Weeden and Robert Kurzban

John McDermott probes what it really means to be a political animal

The statue of King Charles I in London’s Charing Cross
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‘Henry VIII’; ‘Edward VI’; ‘Charles I’; ‘George V’; ‘George VI’

For kings and queens, success is all about understanding the art of the possible. Review by Matthew Engel

Front cover of 'The Night Malcolm X Spoke at the Oxford Union', by Stephen Tuck

‘The Night Malcolm X Spoke at the Oxford Union’, by Stephen Tuck

A vivid reconstruction of the black revolutionary’s visit to Oxford. Review by Christopher Phelps

Mohsin Hamid
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‘Discontent and its Civilizations’, by Mohsin Hamid

A novelist reflects on life, art and politics in the shadow of terror. Review by Delphine Strauss

Book cover of 'Valuing Life' by Cass Sunstein

Valuing Life: Humanizing the Regulatory State

Beware the paternalist in libertarian garb

Front cover of ‘Revolutions from Grub Street’, by Howard Cox and Simon Mowatt

‘Revolutions from Grub Street’, by Howard Cox and Simon Mowatt

A long-overdue history of the British magazine industry. Review by Anthony Quinn

Front cover of 'Juvenescence', by Robert Pogue Harrison

‘Juvenescence’, by Robert Pogue Harrison

Is our culture failing to preserve the delicate balance between innovation and tradition? Review by Sarah Bakewell

Front cover of ‘Islam and Nazi Germany’s War’, by David Motadel

‘Islam and Nazi Germany’s War’, by David Motadel

How Nazi Germany failed in its campaign to win support from Muslims. Review by Roger Moorhouse

‘The Good War’, by Jack Fairweather

How the military campaign in Afghanistan began with clear aims and robust international support — but ended in disappointment. Review by Victor Mallet

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