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contents august 2019 • issue 478

Editor Nancy Sladek Deputy Editor Tom Fleming Assistant Editors Frank Brinkley • David Gelber Contributing Editors Jonathan Beckman Michael Burleigh • Sara Wheeler • Philip Womack General Assistant Michael Delgado Marketing Jared Spears • Constance Watson Advertising Manager Terry Finnegan Classified Advertising David Sturge Founding Editor Dr Anne Smith Cover Illustration Chris Riddell

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diary 1 D J Taylor biography 6 Richard Carwardine

Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom David W Blight 8 Levi Roach

King and Emperor: A New Life of Charlemagne Janet L Nelson 9 Piers Brendon

Enoch Powell: Politics & Ideas in Modern Britain Paul Corthorn 11 Norma Clarke

Mrs Delany: A Life Clarissa Campbell Orr 12 Stephen Walsh

Beethoven: The Relentless Revolutionary John Clubbe history 14 John Keay

Partition Voices: Untold British Stories Kavita Puri 15 Fergus Butler-Gallie

Gentlemen of Uncertain Fortune: How Younger Sons Made Their Way in Jane Austen’s England Rory Muir 16 David Pryce-Jones

Captain Gill ’s Walking Stick: The True Story of the Sinai Murders Saul Kelly 17 Michael Burleigh

Surprise, Kill, Vanish: The Definitive History of Secret CIA Assassins, Armies & Operators Annie Jacobsen 18 Patrick Scrivenor

Madame Fourcade’s Secret War: The Daring Young Woman Who Led France’s Largest Spy Network Against Hitler Lynne Olson • A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of WWII’s Most Dangerous Spy, Virginia Hall Sonia Purnell • The Volunteer: One Man, an Underground Army, & the Secret Mission to Destroy Auschwitz Jack Fairweather literature 20 Jay Parini

September 1, 1939: A Biography of a Poem Ian Sansom 21 Allan Massie

Fabulous Monsters: Dracula, Alice, Superman, & Other Literary Friends Alberto Manguel homo sapiens 24 Matthew Cobb

Superior: The Return of Race Science Angela Saini • Skin Deep: Journeys in the Divisive Science of Race Gavin Evans

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