Geoffrey Wheatcroft

Cambridge spy Kim Philby giving a press conference at his mother's home after his name was mentioned in the House of Commons in connection with the Burgess and Maclean affair. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Hugh Trevor-Roper: the spy as historian, the historian as spy

20 September 2014 9:00 am

Shortly after the war began in September 1939, the branch of the intelligence services called MI8, or the Radio Security…

Theodore Herzl at the first Zionist Congress in Basle, Switzerland, 1897

When Israel was but a dream

22 February 2014 9:00 am

‘On the night of 15 April 1897, a small, elegant steamer is en route from Egypt’s Port Said to Jaffa.’…

First World War - Gallipoli - Turkey

My dream to visit Oz

14 December 2013 9:00 am

Much more than cricket fascinates this Englishman about Australia

England v Australia: 3rd Investec Ashes Test - Day Four

Please get rid of this dreadful technology

17 August 2013 9:00 am

Far from making the game fairer and more interesting, the Decision Review System is poisoning cricket

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Why Brits are gloating like hell over the Aussies

13 July 2013 9:00 am

British sport is experiencing a remarkable renaissance


Geoffrey Wheatcroft’s diary: Peter King, terror hypocrite, and the joys of Longhorns

11 May 2013 9:00 am

As we landed at Houston, I suddenly thought of my first visit to America, in 1965 during what we didn’t…

'The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography 2005-2008', by Lawrence Goldman - review

13 April 2013 9:00 am

Where else would you possibly find George Painter, Jackie Pallo and Sir Eduardo Paolozzi in immediate successive proximity? The incunabulist…

Harold Macmillan;John F. Kennedy

Not-so-special relationship

5 January 2013 9:00 am

Dean Acheson and the myth of Anglo-American unity


28 July 2012 6:00 am

Looking back, there was a moment right at the start when the coalition government could have asserted its authority, and…


The truest man of letters

7 January 2012 10:00 am

Geoffrey Wheatcroft continues to mourn his friend John Gross on the first anniversary of his death


Portrait of a singular man

17 December 2011 9:00 pm

The posthumous publication of Hugh Trevor-Roper’s wartime diaries continues the restoration of his reputation, says Geoffrey Wheatcroft

Parliament shouldn’t pay

17 December 2011 12:00 am

The professionalisation of politics has taken it away from the people

In England’s hour of triumph, a Pom writes, cricket is a dying game

15 January 2011 12:00 am

There are still a few of us in the Old Dart who find it unseemly to sneer at a fallen foe


8 January 2011 12:00 am

Geoffrey Wheatcroft opens his Diary

Music in the mountains

14 December 2009 12:00 am

Geoffrey Wheatcroft attends Austria’s Schubertiade

Immortalised in print

1 July 2009 12:00 am

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, 2001-2004, edited by Lawrence Goldman


23 July 2008 12:00 am

Geoffrey Wheatcroft goes from funeral to funeral

The solitary New York Jew

8 April 2008 12:00 am

In a recent review of They Knew They Were Right, Jacob Heilbrunn’s book about the neo-conservatives, Mark Lilla began by asking: How many of you are sick to death of hearing about City College in the 1930s, Alcove One and Alcove Two, the prima donnas at Partisan Review, who stopped speaking to whom at which cocktail party .

Best or worst?

16 January 2008 12:00 am

After his famous ‘Age of . . .’ trilogy on the 19th century, E. J. Hobsbawm published a coda (best-selling but in my view much less satisfactory) on the history of the 20th century

The curse of riches

31 October 2007 12:43 pm

Geoffrey Wheatcroft

Dropping himself in the soup

11 July 2007 1:57 pm

Richard Milhous Nixon: The Invisible Quest
by Conrad Black

A tale of treachery

22 February 2007 9:30 am

When The Spectator recently said goodbye to 56 Doughty Street, we said goodbye to more than three decades of memories.…

Fowler’s ‘Modern English Usage’

13 December 2006 3:52 pm

When the library of V. S. Pritchett was sold off after his death some years ago, I bought a few…

A lesson still worth learning

2 November 2006 8:30 am

Late in 1951, shortly after Winston Churchill had returned to Down- ing Street, with Sir Anthony Eden back at the…


28 January 2006 12:00 am

Into the troisième age. It’s the new 40, you know