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T HIS MONTH ’ S PULPIT is written by Peter Washington. He is General Editor of the Everyman’s Library.

J OHN G RAY is Professor of European Thought at the London School of Economics. His next book, Black Mass: Apocalyptic Religion and the Death of Utopia, is published by Penguin in July.

C AROLE A NGIER is a biographer of Jean Rhys and Primo Levi. The Double Bond: Primo Levi, A Biographyis available in paperback from Penguin.

C HRISTOPHER C LARK is Reader in Modern European History at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge. He is the author of Iron Kingdom: The Rise and Downfall of Prussia, 16001947(Penguin), which will shortly be published in paperback.

W ILLIAM R EEVE is a former BBC Afghanistan Correspondent, who won an Emmy Award for his reporting of the fall of the Taliban from Kabul.

F IAMMETTA R OCCO is the literary editor of The Economist.

D AVID S TAFFORD is the author of Churchill and Secret Service (John Murray). His latest book, Endgame 1945: Victory, Retribution, Liberation, will be published by Little, Brown in June.

E LISABETH L UARD has just published a book on Truffles (Frances Lincoln), an appreciation of the subterranean tuber and its ability to attract the amorous interest of pigs, people and snails.

D ONALD R AYFIELD is Emeritus Professor of Russian and Georgian at Queen Mary University of London, and author of Stalin and his Hangmen (Penguin). He is editor-in-chief of A Comprehensive Georgian-English Dictionary(Garnett Press).

PULPIT

HISTORY

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CONFLICT

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J OHN G RAY After Tamerlane: The Global History of Empire John Darwin C HRISTOPHER C LARK Rites of Peace: The Fall of Napoleon and the Congress of Vienna Adam Zamoyski S IMON H EFFER The Noble Revolt: The Overthrow of Charles I John Adamson F ELIPE F ERNANDEZ -A RMESTO The Disinherited: The Exiles Who Created Spanish Culture Henry Kamen L ESLIE M ITCHELL The Pursuit of Glory: Europe 1648–1815 Tim Blanning F RANCES W ILSON Decency andDisorder: The Age of Cant 1789–1837 D ONALD R AYFIELD The Unknown Gulag: The Lost World of Stalin’s Special Settlements Lynne Viola C HARLES A LLEN A Teardrop on the Cheek of Time: The Story of the Taj Mahal Diana and Michael Preston The Mughal World: India’s Tainted Paradise Abraham Eraly C HRISTINE K ELLY No Place for Ladies: The Untold Story of Women in the Crimean War Helen Rappaport

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C HRISTOPHER H ART Hubbub: Filth, Noise and Stench in England, 1600–1770 Emily Cockayne E LISABETH L UARD Planet Chicken: The Shameful Story of the Bird on Your Plate Hattie Ellis The English at Table Digby Anderson

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A DRIAN W EALE The Occupation of Iraq: Winning the War, Losing the Peace Ali A Allawi M ICHAEL B URLEIGH Warrant for Terror: The Fatwas of Radical Islam and the Duty to Jihad Shmuel Bar

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J ONATHAN M IRSKY The River of Lost Footsteps: Histories of Burma Thant Myint-U Perfect Hostage: A Life of Aung San Suu Kyi Justin Wintle F IAMMETTA R OCCO Panama Fever: The Battle to Build the Canal Matthew Parker S ARA W HEELER The South American DiariesJohn Hopkins

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I AIN K ING M EETSA B OOKSELLERIN F REETOWN

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I NTERVIEWWITH P HILIP R EEVE P HILIP W OMACKON T HREE C HILDREN ’ S B OOKS

Editor:N ANCY S LADEK Deputy Editor: T OM F LEMING Editor-at-Large: J EREMY L EWIS Assistant Editor: P HILIP W OMACK

Contributing Editors: A LAN R AFFERTY , S EBASTIAN S HAKESPEARE Advertising Manager: T ERRY F INNEGAN Classified Advertising: D AVID S TURGE Founding Editor:D R A NNE S MITH Founding Father: A UBERON W AUGH Cover illustration by Chris Riddell Issue no. 342

LITERARY REVIEW April 2007

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