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contents march 2020 • issue 484

Editor Nancy Sladek Deputy Editor Tom Fleming Assistant Editors Frank Brinkley • David Gelber Contributing Editors Jonathan Beckman Michael Burleigh • Sara Wheeler • Philip Womack Editorial & Marketing Assistant Michael Delgado Marketing Manager 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 A D Miller burning issues 6 Howard Davies

Capital and Ideology Thomas Piketty 7 Henr ietta L Moore

Hunger: The Oldest Problem Martín Caparrós 8 Kier an Pender

Blowout: Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, & the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth Rachel Maddow 10 Joan S mith

Our House is on Fire: Scenes of a Family & a Planet in Crisis Beata Ernman, Malena Ernman, Greta Thunberg & Svante Thunberg art 12 Peter Conrad

Warhol: A Life as Art Blake Gopnik 14 Robin S imon

Piranesi Drawings: Visions of Antiquity Sarah Vowles politics & power 16 Christopher Coker

The Human Factor: Gorbachev, Reagan, & Thatcher, & the end of the Cold War Archie Brown 17 Cather ine Haddon

The Good State: On the Principles of Democracy A C Grayling 18 James Blitz

Unspeakab le: The Autobiography John Bercow 19 David Gilmour

A P eople Betrayed: A History of Corruption, Political Incompetence & Social Division in Modern Spain 1874–2018 Paul Preston 20 P iers Brendon

Do Morals Matter? Presidents & Foreign Policy from FDR to Trump Joseph S Nye Jr literary life 22 D J Taylor

A Bite of the Apple: A Life with Books, Writers & Virago Lennie Goodings 23 David Gelber

Inside the Cr itics’ Circle: Book Reviewing in Uncertain Times Phillipa K Chong

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