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National Service, by Colin Shindler

18 August 2012
National Service: From Aldershot to Aden, Tales of Conscripts 1946-62 Colin Shindler

Sphere, pp.352, 16.99, ISBN: 9781847444844

For over 15 years after the second world war young men between the ages of 18 and 20 were conscripted by law to serve in Britain’s armed forces for two… Read more

… while others fade

26 May 2012
Leak Max Holland

Kansas University Press, pp.285, £25.95

For Watergate junkies, another raking of the old coals is irresistible. For those underage younger persons who never understood what all the fuss was about, here is the chance to… Read more

The Price of Civilization by Jeffrey Sachs

29 October 2011
The Price of Civilization Jeffrey Sachs

The Bodley Head, pp.322, 20

Half a century ago J.K. Galbraith’s The Affluent Society changed the political consciousness of a generation in the English- speaking world and beyond. It vividly re-established in the minds of… Read more

George, you need a holiday

1 October 2011

Why is it all going so wrong for George Osborne? Only 16 months ago, the poor guy entered the Treasury full of sound principles and good intentions. He would put… Read more


Athene ruled the waves

9 June 2010
Lords of the Sea: The Triumph and Tragedy of Ancient Athens John R. Hale

Gibson Square, pp.395, 17.99

One thing is certain: George W. Bush was no Pericles. For which reason it is a pity that John Hale’s new history of Athens in the fifth and fourth centuries… Read more

From heroes to hicks

5 February 2005
The Presidents Stephen Graubard

Allen Lane, pp.927, 30

The flavour of Stephen Graubard’s account of the American presidency in the 20th century may be quickly grasped from his comparison of the only two presidents to follow their fathers… Read more