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Civilisations have engaged in espionage since biblical times — but the ethics of spying remain as murky as ever
Julian Jackson’s masterful life of Charles de Gaulle holds timely warnings about the concentration of authority in the Élysée
A great American novelist who stirred debate over Jewishness — and was chillingly prescient
A hard-headed realpolitik now governs the battle for influence between China, the US and India
Should we fear a takeover by AI or robots? Or are humans the only malign operators?
An upbeat biography places the great thinker in his 19th-century context
A challenging analysis that forces us to reconsider how our economies work — and who it works for
Today’s angry political climate compels us to re-examine the meaning of democracy
We are increasingly fixated on health and countering the infirmities of old age, but should we be learning from our ancestors?
Among atheists as well as believers, strident secularism is giving way to a renewed sense of faith’s hold
As populist leaders test the limits of their power, the warnings from historians and political scientists are growing louder
The American writer’s stock has slumped in the #MeToo era. But Diana Evans still finds inspiration in his acute depictions of domestic life
Fifty years on from ‘les événements’, writers remember a lost Left Bank — and ask whether Paris can reinvent itself for the 21st century
Amid growing anxiety over new technologies, an effort to recapture the idealism of the 1990s is under way
Why are we so drawn to accounts of the interplay between life and literature?
For Steven Pinker, the good news is clear. But progress depends on critics as well as cheerleaders, argues Jan-Werner Müller
John Lloyd finds nationalist certainties dissolving along the byways of literary history and the ‘Debatable Land’
A century on from a democratic milestone, Lucy Lethbridge revisits the many-sided struggle for female enfranchisement
Journalist Steve Coll investigates the encounter between the CIA and Pakistan’s ‘Directorate S’
Adam Foulds on the life and work of a writer whose fictional worlds exerted an extraordinary pull on his peers
The discord revealed in Michael Wolff’s exposé is all too plausible. Yet behind it is a story that should worry us much more
As the ANC prepares for leadership elections, a journalistic exposé makes a powerful case against the president
How did a campaign expected to produce huge gains for Britain’s Conservatives end with the party losing its majority?
The emotional lows of the forties and beyond are not so easily explained. Could our obsession with goals be the problem?
An age of innovation is focusing minds on past media revolutions. Could ours be the most far-reaching yet?