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The quest to understand life may have been missing an ingredient: the flow of ‘information’ through living organisms
Three books that explore this dark and difficult territory
Are tech companies manipulating data to control human behaviour — or are their leaders simply naive?
Two books look at how society has flattered the wealthy into believing they are the source of answers
An insider account by a former warehouse employee shows that delighting consumers comes at the expense of the lowest-paid workers
As Pax Americana declines, are we headed for a Sino-centric future — or the absence of any global order at all?
The legacy of the countries’ rivalry lives on in today’s bitter struggles for influence in the region and the fight for its resources
The 1919 Paris Peace Conference promised to remake the world. But today, its vision of nationhood looks increasingly under threat
Andrew Hill examines the often dangerous realities of those who would rule over us
The closing instalment of Coe’s trilogy revisits characters from his previous riffs on recent UK history
Anti-elitism threatens liberal democracy and capitalism. Martin Wolf asks: Is reform the answer?
An exhilarating history of US capitalism from the former Fed chief and Adrian Wooldridge
Cosmologist Martin Rees argues we must be guided by values beyond science if we are to thrive in a world of AI
A trio of books displaying an abhorrence for Trump’s foreign policy still leave readers hoping for an explanation of the president’s world view
Two thrilling new biographies show how great collectors challenge the cultural order — even if their passions come at a cost
With so much potential for change looming, three books evaluate the body that nature has left us with
Michael Ignatieff on why we have to look beyond group identity and failed meritocracy
From fantastical yarns to dystopian fiction, what type of books did we turn to?
A new take on the Oedipus myth is one of a wave of Ancient Greek tales reworked to put women centre stage
AI, climate, fake news, Brexit — Yuval Noah Harari tackles our fears for the future
Wracked by economic and political crisis, the country may be at its lowest ebb in decades
Two years into his presidency, the story of the strongman of Manila makes for chilling reading
Martin Wolf on how the crisis marked the end of a consensus for liberalisation
Empathy, mortality and ‘happiness U-curves’ can be found amid the angst in three books aimed at forty-somethings
The transformation of a traditional lender into a hard-charging adventurer is a salutary tale of modern finance