WLT218465 Chancellor Otto Von Bismarck (1815-98) 1890 (oil on panel) by Lenbach, Franz Seraph von (1836-1904); 121x87.5 cm; © Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, USA

‘Realpolitik: A History’, by John Bew

How an idea that began as an argument about the possibilities of German unification crossed the Atlantic and became enlisted in the cold war. Review by Duncan Kelly

'Their Promised Land: My Grandparents in Love and War', by Ian Buruma

‘Their Promised Land’, by Ian Buruma

The author’s journey back two generations is a poignant account of a struggle to belong. Review by Philippe Sands

Aaron Swartz in 2008
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‘The Boy Who Could Change the World’; ‘The Idealist’

Two insights into the life of the late internet activist and blogger Aaron Swartz. Review by Hannah Kuchler

You Could Do Something Amazing With Your Life [You are Raoul Moat], by Andrew Hankinson

‘You Could Do Something Amazing With Your Life’, by Andrew Hankinson

Raoul Moat is an unreliable witness in this unusual account of his last days. Review by Philip Maughan

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

Front cover of 'Why Torture Doesn’t Work', by Shane O’Mara

‘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