Book cover of 'Crouching Tiger: What China’s Militarism Means for the World'

‘Crouching Tiger’, by Peter Navarro

A long-time critic of China harbours no doubts that Beijing wants to neutralise the US in east Asia

‘In Other Words’, by Jhumpa Lahiri, translated by Ann Goldstein

A prizewinning writer sloughs off her old language and old self to turn Italian. Review by Jan Dalley

‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’, by Keiron Pim

The life of an enigmatic figure from London’s 1960s scene. Review by Ludovic Hunter-Tilney

‘Gangster Warlords’, by Ioan Grillo

‘Gangster Warlords’, by Ioan Grillo

Review by Orlando Bird

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‘Why Torture Doesn’t Work’, by Shane O’Mara

Torture is ineffective as well as morally indefensible. Review by Giovanni Frazzetto

'When Breath Becomes Air', by Paul Kalanithi

‘When Breath Becomes Air’, by Paul Kalanithi

A neurosurgeon’s memoir of his final months is an urgent meditation on life, not death. Review by Lucy Kellaway

Camera crew in Hollywood in the 1930s

‘West of Eden’, by Jean Stein

Corrupt tycoons, eccentric moguls, damaged starlets — little is as it first appears in Jean Stein’s Hollywood history. Review by Danny Leigh

A villager in Rajasthan has her eyes scanned for the digital identification programme ‘Aadhaar’
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‘Rebooting India’, by Nandan Nilekani and Viral Shah

Inside India’s attempt to bring start-up savvy into government. Review by Victor Mallet

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‘The Game’s Not Over’, Gregg Easterbrook

A quarterback’s view of a flawed superpower

Cristiano Banti’s ‘Galileo before the Roman Inquisition’ (1857)
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‘The Penultimate Curiosity’, by Roger Wagner and Andrew Briggs

An impressive intellectual history seeks to revise the familiar story of reason and experiment triumphing over religious obscurantism. Review by John Cornwell