The Russian President has been trying to draw a new Iron Curtain across Europe
Will Putin’s people still love him when the money dries up? He’s about to find out
In 1993, John Borrell, a longtime foreign correspondent with no permanent home, decided to abandon journalism. Tired of writing about…
A building bearing testimony to the power of eternal Russia; a timeless symbol of the Russian state; a monument to…
Our leaders should stop talking about ‘justice’ in Syria – honesty may be the best and only realistic policy
I am trying very hard to understand why everyone is shocked — shocked! — by news that the US government…
Anyone who has ever written a history book will feel a twinge of envy on reading the preface to Just…
Putin’s latest opponents are vulgar, pragmatic – and effective
‘This book is a chronicle of one day in the history of one city.’ As first sentences go, that one is hard to beat — particularly given that the ‘one day’ is the last day of the Soviet Union, the city is Moscow and the author, an Irish journalist, was there and knew most of the principal actors.
The Libyan adventure shows a dwindling capacity for intervention
The American left is revelling in Rupert Murdoch’s British troubles – and it’s America that has the power to really hurt him
For the first time since Suez, America is taking a back seat to Britain and France in a military operation
What WikiLeaks reveals about our press
First, a disclaimer: this review will not touch upon some recent, odd behaviour of this book’s author, Orlando Figes, because I can’t see that it’s relevant.
In 1948, Poland’s new communist government was badly in need of legitimacy and desperate for international recognition. So they did what any self-respecting left-wing government would do, back in those days, in order to win a bit of respect; they held a cultural Congress.
It has taken more than half a century, but at last the Anglophone world has woken up to the fact that 20th-century communist history makes a superb backdrop for fiction.
Above all, it is the inhuman scale of things which impresses the visitor to Moscow: the vastness of Red Square, the width of the uncrossable streets, the implacability of the traffic.
Anne Applebaum says the catastrophic plane crash near Smolensk, which killed so many of Poland’s leading figures, may hasten a rapprochement between Warsaw and Moscow
Freudian analysis, Soviet communism and the garment industry: what do all of these things have in common? If your answer has something to do with central and east European Jews born at the end of the 19th century, you wouldn’t be far off.
Poland: A History, by Adam Zamoyski
Journals: 1952-2000, by Arthur Schlesinger, Jr, edited by Andrew Schlesinger and Stephen Schlesinger
Searching for Schindler, by Thomas Keneally
Anne Applebaum on the new book by Tim Tzouliadis
Where have all the plumbers gone?