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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 D J Taylor politics & paranoia Michael Burleigh

Big Caesars and Little Caesars: How They Rise and How They Fall – From Julius Caesar to Boris Johnson Ferdinand Mount Tim Stanley

Homegrown: Timothy McVeigh and the Rise of Right-Wing Extremism Jeff rey Toobin Heather Brooke

The Other Pandemic: How QAnon Contaminated the World James Ball art Norma Clarke

Thunderclap: A Memoir of Art & Life & Sudden Death Laura Cumming Tess Little

Art Monsters: Unruly Bodies in Feminist Art Lauren Elkin history Robert Gerwarth

Bismarck’s War: The Franco-Prussian War and the Making of Modern Europe Rachel Chrastil Allan Massie

Pax: War and Peace in Rome’s Golden Age Tom Holland Zareer Masani

Shadows at Noon: The South Asian Twentieth Century Joya Chatterji Robert Ser vice

Spies: The Epic Intelligence War Between East and West Calder Walton Simon Dixon

The Ruble: A Political History Ekaterina Pravilova man & planet Felipe Fernández-Armesto

In Search of the River Jordan James Fergusson • Water and Peace Alain Gachet • The Last Drop Tim Smedley Rachel Salvidge

Wasteland: The Dirty Truth About What We Throw Away, Where It Goes, and Why It Matters Oliver Franklin-Wallis Oliver Balch

Fevered Planet: How Diseases Emerge When We Harm Nature John Vidal

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