The Diary: AN Wilson

‘The obvious lesson of the 1914-18 war is not one we’d expect many politicians to have learnt’

The causes of the first world war

How recklessness, unstable alliances and bad luck plunged Europe into crisis in 1914. Tony Barber on ‘The War That Ended Peace’, ‘July 1914’ and ‘Catastrophe’

Two reputations have survived well

From Mr Gregory Shenkman. Sir, Max Hastings takes 13 paragraphs to suggest what Enoch Powell explained in a single sentence in his biography of Joseph Chamberlain

My winter retreat

After 40 years of visiting Africa, Max Hastings has found the perfect place to write and relax – not a hotel but a Kenyan ranch for rent