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  1. November 22, 2013

    Douglas Coupland: George Washington’s extreme makeover

    Even when you take a holiday from technology, technology doesn’t take a break from you. On vacation three years back, I...

  2. October 14, 2013

    Sales of ultra-safe US covered bonds stall

    Legend has it that Frederick the Great, the 18th century King of Prussia, sent a sword to George Washington inscribed with...

  1. June 24, 2013

    Good leaders don’t always need a vision

    Are leaders with transformational objectives and an inspirational style better than leaders with more modest objectives and...

  2. April 11, 2013

    Carried interest: a taxing argument

    How do you know when you’ve won an argument? When your opponent changes the subject. That is the current status in the...

  3. April 1, 2013

    The Low Road, Jerwood Theatre, Royal Court, London – review

    Given the current chronic economic climate and the grievous disputes about who is responsible and who pays the price, there...

  4. The World

    November 12, 2012

    Choosing faces for euro notes

    One of the jibes that is sometimes aimed at the European single currency is that even the bank notes betray the frailty of...

  5. August 17, 2012

    The BBC boss off to New York to change the Times

    Mark Thompson stopped in Manhattan this week, en route to a holiday in Maine, to sign the contract that will bring him...

  6. The World

    April 17, 2012

    In the picture: a short history of nationalisations

    Cristina Fernández holds a sample of the first petroleum extraction in Argentina as she makes the YPF announcement (Getty)...

  7. March 16, 2012

    At home: Peter Fox-Penner

    Whenever Peter Fox-Penner needs time to mull over the future of the world’s power grids, he retreats to his outdoor study: a...

  8. February 17, 2012

    Interiors: Old style in the new world

    Presidents’ Day, on February 20, celebrates the birthday of George Washington, founding father of the US. Washington’s...

  9. January 21, 2012

    Don’t count Mitt’s wealth against him

    From Mr Les Gapay. Sir, Regarding the articles about Mitt Romney’s wealth: I am a Democrat and am poor, living on Social...

  10. November 29, 2011

    The Commons love-in is long over

    The six or seven people who get up on a Sunday morning to watch the TV politics shows may have noticed George Osborne and Ed...

  11. FT Alphaville

    September 20, 2011

    Pink picks

    Comment, analysis and other offerings in Tuesday’s FT, Gideon Rachman: The single currency’s true fatal flaw If you want to...

  12. September 19, 2011

    The single currency’s true fatal flaw

    If you want to understand why the euro is in such trouble forget, for a moment, debt and sovereign bonds – and take a look...

  13. July 29, 2011

    Proclamation’s part in revolution

    From Mr Charles Hazell. Sir, The recent correspondence regarding motives for the American revolution (Letters, July 22 and...

  14. July 21, 2011

    US constitution was written to increase Federal power

    From Mr Albion M. Urdank. Sir, It may be true, as Gideon Rachman maintains, that Michele Bachmann and her Tea Party acolytes...

  15. May 13, 2011

    Locke, stock and barrel

    Liberalism: A Counter-History, by Domenico Losurdo, translated by Gregory Elliott, Verso RRP£22, 384 pages A cartoon...

  16. May 10, 2011

    Lighting the way for infrastructure

    From Mr J. Garland Pollard IV. Sir, That the US business lobby is having a hard time winning dollars for infrastructure...

  17. April 1, 2011

    Nasdaq / ICE

    George Washington was also aided by ice as he famously crossed the Delaware River to rout the British in 1776. This time...

  18. February 25, 2011

    Touch of the past

    “Lips! why should a poor prisoner as I am talk about such things?” The “poor prisoner” was John Keats, the most romantic of...

  19. February 8, 2011

    A fifth head on Mount Rushmore?

    When I first came to America in the 1960s, two presidents were commemorated by national holidays in the month of February,...

  20. October 27, 2010

    China has every right to cheat, but shouldn’t

    Everybody from Lou Dobbs to Paul Krugman is beating up on China. China, we are told, is cheating. It is cheating by making...

  21. October 21, 2010

    Tea Party runs risk of losing steam

    George Washington is often quoted as having told Thomas Jefferson that the point of the US Senate was to make tea drinkable....

  22. May 12, 2010

    Kazakhs vote to give immunity to president

    Lawmakers in Kazakhstan approved a bill on Wednesday granting Nursultan Nazarbayev, the president of the oil-rich country,...

  23. May 8, 2010

    Getting elected is the easy bit

    Here is a thought that may intimidate Britain’s new government on this post-electoral weekend: gaining power is the easy...

  24. FT Alphaville

    May 4, 2010

    JPM wishes the adults were in charge of financial reform [UPDATED]

    FT Alphaville has only one thing to say about the following note from JP Morgan economist James Glassman: ouch. Below are...

  25. March 10, 2010

    Palace intrigue signals loss of discipline from Team Obama

    Franklin Roosevelt once said that people working for the US president should have a "passion for anonymity". Someone forgot...

  26. March 9, 2010

    Palace intrigue undermines Team Obama

    Franklin Roosevelt once said that people working for the US president should have a “passion for anonymity”. Someone forgot...

  27. December 15, 2009

    Kraft can still transform itself from burglar to buyer

    If you're going to accuse your potential suitor of theft - and quote Thomas Paine's rallying cry to American revolutionaries...

  28. June 1, 2009

    Wise leaders know that dissent often leads to success

    From Mr Ernest G. Bentsen. Sir, Michael Skapinker’s column (“Diversity fails to end boardroom ‘groupthink’”, May 26) is...

  29. The World

    March 20, 2009

    What I'm reading

    A blog-reader recently e-mailed me, asking to know what books I was reading. I am happy to oblige with an answer. In return,...

  30. February 28, 2009

    Hard to swallow

    In 1920, the Regius Professor of Medicine at Oxford University offered the following advice for treating pneumonia: "To...

  31. January 21, 2009

    Stirring call amid bleak diagnosis

    This was an inaugural address with a difference. In place of the usual sunlit horizons, Barack Obama warned of "gathering...

  32. January 20, 2009

    Troubles laid bare by bleak diagnosis

    This was an inaugural address with a difference. In place of the usual sunlit horizons, Barack Obama warned of “gathering...

  33. November 24, 2008

    American Lion

    American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House By Jon Meacham Random House $30, 487 pages America’s first seven...

  34. November 22, 2008

    The first modern president

    America's first seven presidents, from George Washington to Andrew Jackson, have been fortunate in their biographers. This...

  35. November 1, 2008

    Why America has a staggering capacity for change

    America never knows for sure what it is going to get in its next president. It can look back and give thanks that George...

  36. October 31, 2008

    America’s staggering capacity for change

    America never knows for sure what it is going to get in its next president. It can look back and give thanks that George...

  37. September 26, 2008

    Fixed by the Adams family

    Last weekend, HBO’s mini-series John Adams, a historical drama about the second president of the United States, received 13...

  38. August 23, 2008

    Books for Beijing and the beach

    David Cameron may have relaxed with Sebastian Faulks's James Bond blockbuster The Devil May Care while his MPs slogged...

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