‘Climate Shock’, by Gernot Wagner and Martin Weitzman

Pilita Clark assesses the dangerous allure of slick climate fixes

‘Is the American Century Over?’, by Joseph Nye

Is military and ‘soft power’ enough to make up for relative US economic decline? Review by Gideon Rachman

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‘The Story of Alice’, by Robert Douglas-Fairhurst

AN Wilson on a literary biography that explores the genesis of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and its influence

‘The Tears of the Rajas’, by Ferdinand Mount

An argument that British rule in India could have taken a more tolerant form leaves Maria Misra unconvinced

Book review: Becoming Steve Jobs

A sympathetic portrait of Steve Jobs seeks to show its subject overcoming youthful excesses

Boko Hamam, inside Nigeria's unholy war

‘Boko Haram: Inside Nigeria’s Unholy War’, by Mike Smith

How terror group mirrors existential troubles gripping Africa’s most populous country

Pieter Brueghel’s ‘Cutting out the Stone of Madness, or an Operation on the Head’ (c1525-69)
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‘Madness in Civilization’, by Andrew Scull

How folk understandings of insanity gave way to modern medicine — with frequently bleak results. Review by Sarah Wise

‘Universal Man’, by Richard Davenport-Hines

This thoughtful biography does justice both to Keynes’s idiosyncrasies and to his influence, writes Peter Clarke

‘The Old Boys’, by David Turner

A history of the British public school locates the institution’s ‘golden age’ firmly in the present. Review by Alwyn Turner

The Scientific Fairy Tales of Victorian Britain by Melanie Keene

‘Science in Wonderland’, by Melanie Keene

A survey of the sometimes bizarre tales that the Victorians used to teach children about science. Review by Suzi Feay

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