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contents october 2018 • issue 469

Editor Nancy Sladek Deputy Editor Tom Fleming Assistant Editors Frank Brinkley • David Gelber Editorial Assistant Paloma van Tol 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

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diary 1 Ian Rankin history 6 Christopher Goscha

Vietnam: An Epic Tragedy, 1945–1975 Max Hastings 7 Frances Cairncross

What We Have Lost James Hamilton-Paterson 9 Frank McLynn

Turncoat: Benedict Arnold & the Crisis of American Liberty Stephen Brumwell 10 Levi Roach

King Arthur: The Making of the Legend Nicholas J Higham churchill 12 Piers Brendon

Churchill: Walking with Destiny Andrew Roberts • Churchill: The Statesman as Artist David Cannadine 14 Anne Sebba

Darling Winston David Lough commons & clergy 16 Robin Oakley

Punch and Judy Politics Ayesha Hazarika & Tom Hamilton 17 Paul Lay

A Field Guide to the English Clergy Fergus Butler-Gallie espionage 18 Frederick Forsyth

The Spy and the Traitor Ben Macintyre letters 20 Tim Stanley

To Obama Jeanne Marie Laskas 21 Harry Mount

More Dashing Adam Sisman (ed) 22 Sally Bayley

The Letters of Sylvia Plath, Volume II: 1956–1963 Peter K Steinberg & Karen V Kukil (edd)

biography 24 Tom Stern

I Am Dynamite! A Life of Friedrich Nietzsche Sue Prideaux 26 Jad Adams

Oscar: A Life Matthew Sturgis 28 Ian Sansom

The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner & the Novel That Scandalized the World Sarah Weinman

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