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contents july 2022 • issue 509

Editor Nancy Sladek Deputy Editor Tom Fleming Assistant Editor David Gelber Contributing Editors Jonathan Beckman Michael Burleigh • Sara Wheeler • Philip Womack Editorial & Marketing Assistant Michael Delgado Marketing Manager Constance Watson Advertising Manager Terry Finnegan Classified Advertising David Sturge Founding Editor Dr Anne Smith Cover Illustration Chris Riddell

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diary 1 Frances Wilson history 5 Donald Rayfield

Russia: Revolution and Civil War 1917-1921 Antony Beevor 7 Rana Mitter

The Road to Dien Bien Phu: A History of the First War for Vietnam Christopher Goscha 9 Claudia Gold

Two Houses, Two Kingdoms: A History of France and England, 1100–1300 Catherine Hanley 10 Nicholas Vincent

Empires of the Normans: Makers of Europe, Conquerors of Asia Levi Roach money & power 12 Piers Brendon

Leadership: Six Studies in World Strategy Henry Kissinger 13 Howard Davies

The Price of Time: The Real Story of Interest Edward Chancellor 14 Charles Clarke

Labour’s Civil Wars: How Infighting Has Kept the Left from Power (and What Can Be Done About It) Patrick Diamond & Giles Radice • The Starmer Project: A Journey to the Right Oliver Eagleton 16 Martin Vander Weyer

The Missing Cryptoqueen Jamie Bartlett biography & memoir 17 Edward Weech

Dream-Child: A Life of Charles Lamb Eric G Wilson 19 Ben Hutchinson

Rilke: The Last Inward Man Lesley Chamberlain 20 Frances Cairncross

Agent Twister Philip Augar & Keely Winstone 21 Christopher Silvester

Buster Keaton: A Filmmaker’s Life James Curtis 22 Mathew Lyons

Landscapes of Silence: From Childhood to the Arctic Hugh Brody 23 Kevin Power

Original Sins: A Memoir Matt Rowland Hill

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