contents july 2021 • issue 498
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 D J Taylor history 6 John Adamson
The Fall of Robespierre: 24 Hours in Revolutionary Paris Colin Jones 8 Tim Stanley
King Richard: Nixon & Watergate – an American Tragedy Michael Dobbs 9 Maurice Frank
Blood and Iron: The Rise & Fall of the German Empire 1871–1918 Katja Hoyer • Blood and Diamonds: Germany’s Imperial Ambitions in Africa Steven Press 11 Keith Lowe
The Glass Wall: Lives on the Baltic Frontier Max Egremont 13 David Abulafia
City of Illusions: A History of Granada Helen Rodgers & Stephen Cavendish flora & fauna 14 Julian Baggini
How to Love Animals in a Human-Shaped World Henry Mance 15 Charlie Pye-Smith
Jungle: How Tropical Forests Shaped the World – & Us Patrick Roberts • A Trillion Trees: How We Can Reforest Our World Fred Pearce poetry 17 William Wootten Encounters with Walter de la Mare art & architecture 18 Tanya Harrod
Sophie Taeuber-Arp: Living Abstraction Anne Umland & Walburga Krupp, with Charlotte Healy (edd) • Sophie Taeuber-Arp: A Life through Art Silvia Boadella 19 William Whyte
Clean Living Under Difficult Circumstances: Finding a Home in the Ruins of Modernism Owen Hatherley • Mass Housing: Modern Architecture & State Power – a Global History Miles Glendinning open minds 21 Cal Flyn
Retreat: The Risks & Rewards of Stepping Back from the World Nat Segnit 22 A J Lees
This is Your Mind on Plants: Opium – Caffeine – Mescaline Michael Pollan
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