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contents december 2017 / january 2018 • issue 460

Editor Nancy Sladek Deputy Editor Tom Fleming Assistant Editors Frank Brinkley • David Gelber Contributing Editors Jonathan Beckman Michael Burleigh • Sara Wheeler • Philip Womack Advertising Manager Terry Finnegan Classified Advertising David Sturge Marketing Manager Katherine Bogden Bayard Founding Editor Dr Anne Smith Cover Illustration Chris Riddell diary 7 Frances Wilson art & architecture 8 Dmitri Levitin

Leonardo da Vinci: The Biography Walter Isaacson 10 Laura Freeman

Traces of Vermeer Jane Jelley 11 Jonathan Meades

Four Walls and a Roof: The Complex Nature of a Simple Profession Reinier de Graaf 12 Frances Spalding

Carrington’s Letters: Her Art, Her Loves, Her Friendships Anne Chisholm (ed)

presidents 14 Richard Carwardine

Grant Ron Chernow 16 Richard Overy

Franklin D Roosevelt: A Political Life Robert Dallek 17 Tim Stanley

Richard Nixon: The Life John A Farrell body & mind 21 Rose George

Insider Trading: How Mortuaries, Medicine & Money Have Built a Global Market in Human Cadaver Parts Naomi Pfeffer 22 Jonathan Rée

Pain, Pleasure, and the Greater Good: From the Panopticon to the Skinner Box & Beyond Cathy Gere 24 Mike Jay

The River of Consciousness Oliver Sacks foreign parts 25 Michael Burleigh

Asia’s Reckoning: The Struggle for Global Dominance Richard McGregor • The Improbable War: China, the United States & the Logic of Great Power Conflict Christopher Coker 26 Owen Matthews

Lost Kingdom: A History of Russian Nationalism from Ivan the Great to Vladimir Putin Serhii Plokhy • The Future is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia Masha Gessen 28 Vaudine England on five books about Hong Kong waugh revisited 30 D J Taylor on the first five volumes of The Complete Works of Evelyn Waugh history 33 Nicholas Roe

A Revolution of Feeling Rachel Hewitt 35 David Gelber

Black Tudors: The Untold Story Miranda Kaufmann 36 Robert Gerwarth

1917: War, Peace, & Revolution David Stevenson 37 Julia Neuberger

A History of Judaism Martin Goodman 39 Jan Morris

Nowherelands: An Atlas of Vanished Countries 1840–1975 Bjørn Berge money & power 41 Charles Clarke

My Life, Our Times Gordon Brown 43 Vicky Pryce

Six Days in September: Black Wednesday, Brexit & the Making of Europe William Keegan, David Marsh & Richard Roberts india 44 Samanth Subramanian

River of Life, River of Death: The Ganges & India’s Future Victor Mallet 45 John Keay

Railways and the Raj: How the Age of Steam Transformed India Christian Wolmar

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