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A taut and timely memoir from former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan
The author addresses young Arabs’ questions on Islam, secularism and pluralism but disparages their efforts and sacrifice
Among other flaws, it was the ignorance of local realities that led to the failure of the western project in Afghanistan
Do advances in neuroscience give the lie to free will?
This richly rewarding work of science explains the evolutionary significance of living in a collaborative culture
An ambitious attempt to trace modern sexual mores back to the 18th century
Despite the mapping of the genome, the nature versus nurture debate rages on
Why were Britain’s imperial planners so determined to control the Mediterranean?
Charles Nicholl’s collection of essays exploring real-life mysteries is a compelling piece of literary and historical detective work
The hidden life of Eva Braun contests the consensus version that Hitler’s girlfriend was a historically insignificant figure
Duncan Campbell-Smith’s piece shows that change at the Royal Mail has always been driven by outsiders
Philip Coggan’s ‘Paper Promises’ explains the credit crisis without the jargon and free from shrieking ideologies
From cybercrime to the art of Willem de Kooning, FT writers and guests pick their non-fiction favourites of 2011