James Buchan

The Scot who became more Canadian than the Canadians

15 February 2014 9:00 am

When John Buchan was appointed Governor General of Canada in 1935, the country was deep in depression, the western provinces…

‘On Glasgow and Edinburgh', by Robert Crawford - review

9 March 2013 9:00 am

Glasgow and Edinburgh are so nearby that even in the 18th-century Adam Smith could breakfast in one city and be…

A bloody waste

15 December 2012 9:00 am

The US invasion of Iraq in 2003 was an act of frivolity without parallel in United States history. The destruction…

A certain tragic allure

23 April 2011 12:00 am

Towards Mohammed Reza Pahlavi (1919–1980), the last or most recent Shah of Iran, there are two principal attitudes.

A foot in both camps

7 August 2010 12:00 am

As a five-year-old in the Arab quarter of Jerusalem in the 1950s, Kai Bird overheard an elderly American heiress offering $1 million to anyone who could solve the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Dangerous liaisons

28 April 2010 12:00 am

For the impartial reader, this book is doubly disagreeable.

Tensions that disrupt the world

2 December 2009 12:00 am

In 1981, two books on Saudi Arabia were published within days of each other: The House of Saud by David Holden and Richard Johns and The Kingdom by Robert Lacey.

The man for the hour

25 March 2009 12:00 am

The Gamble: General Petraeus and the Untold Story of the American Surge in Iraq, 2006-2008, by Thomas E. Ricks

Great expectations dashed

15 October 2008 12:00 am

Origins: A Memoir, by Amin Maalouf, translated by Catherine Temerson

Worldly and otherworldly

27 August 2008 12:00 am

Stories by John Buchan, selected and introduced by Giles Foden

The great negotiator

6 June 2007 4:31 pm

Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz, the Talleyrand of our age, was for over 20 years the dominant personality…

How the catastrophe happened

2 May 2007 5:17 pm

Ali A. Allawi has spent much of his life in exile from his native Iraq. Born into a family that…

Geography is destiny

25 May 2006 11:37 am

Listing page content here Charles Glass, an American reporter for many years based in Lebanon, in 1987 set off to…

The holy terror himself

5 November 2005 12:00 am

Osama: The Making of a Terrorist is not so much another biography of old beardie as a worldly and suave…

Before and after Babel

25 June 2005 12:00 am

The origin of language is one of the riddles of mankind. History begins with languages already formed, the intricate relics…

Tom Tiddler’s ground

2 April 2005 12:00 am

For many people in the West, the Middle East is a source of perplexity and foreboding. Home to morose despotisms,…

Different heavens, same hells

22 May 2004 12:00 am

Now in his late eighties, Bernard Lewis is one of the last representatives of a once venerable scholarly type, the…