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contents march 2017 • issue 451 Editor Nancy Sladek Deputy Editor Tom Fleming Editor-at-Large Jeremy Lewis Assistant Editors Frank Brinkley • David Gelber Editorial Assistant Sophie Baggott Contributing Editors Jonathan Beckman Michael Burleigh • Sara Wheeler • Philip Womack Advertising Manager Terry Finnegan Classified Advertising David Sturge Marketing Manager Katherine Bogden Bayard Founding Father Auberon Waugh Founding Editor Dr Anne Smith Cover Illustration Chris Riddell

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pulpit 1 D J Taylor biography 5 Catherine Fletcher

Be Like the Fox: Machiavelli’s Lifelong Quest for Freedom Erica Benner 7 T homas Shippey

Cnut the Great Timothy Bolton 9 Donald R ayfield

The Last of the Tsars: Nicholas II & the Russian Revolution Robert Service • Lenin the Dictator: An Intimate Portrait Victor Sebestyen 10 David Gelber

Njing a of Angola: Africa’s Warrior Queen Linda M Heywood 12 Gavin W eightman

Man of Iron: Thomas Telford & the Building of Britain Julian Glover 13 Jo hn Clay

The Inkblots: Hermann Rorschach, His Iconic Test & The Power of Seeing Damion Searls foreign parts 15 Maria Margaronis

Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe Kapka Kassabova 16 Roger Cr owley

Istanbul: A Tale of Three Cities Bettany Hughes 17 S ara Wheeler

Havana: A Subtropical Delirium Mark Kurlansky history 19 John Gray

Civil Wars: A History in Ideas David Armitage 20 David P ryce-Jones

The Six Day War Guy Laron 22 Jo hn Keay

Inglorious Empire: What the British Did to India Shashi Tharoor 23 Joe Moshenska

The Sensational P ast: How the Enlightenment Changed the Way We Use Our Senses Carolyn Purnell 25 Adam L eBor

A Crime in the Family Sacha Batthyány

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