America’s white backlash

Poor whites have long been derided and disenfranchised in their own country — as have their black counterparts. So why can’t they find common ground?

Heads in the clouds

The pioneering ‘space travel’ of the 18th and 19th centuries captured the imaginations of scientists and artists alike. Michael Prodger reviews ‘Falling Upwards’, by Richard Holmes

Forward thinking

Plan ahead, with the first of our Christmas gift guides

Illusion of fresh start may suffice

From Mr Kristian J. Branaes. Sir, In his Morning Note, John Authers along with his guest concluded that Nicolas Sarkozy would have been the more market-friendly choice