Book review – politics

Aung San Suu Kyi in 2013. Credit: Getty Images

Aung San Suu Kyi couldn’t save Burma — but tourism can

27 July 2019 9:00 am

My uncle Edward did not like talking about his service in Burma during the second world war. When I asked…

Crying wolf on the far right in Europe

28 October 2017 9:00 am

This book is an exercise in crying wolf that utterly fails to prove its main thesis: that Europe is abandoning…

Four men pay court to Mrs Thatcher

15 October 2016 9:00 am

This is a strange book. Peter Stothard, the editor of the TLS, is packing up his office. It is a…

The Maldives: sun, sand and fanaticism

5 December 2015 9:00 am

Suddenly, the Maldivians are in the news. Earlier this year, they locked up their first democratically elected president, and just…

Life in Rio’s most infamous favela — where you have to pay the cops to arrest criminals

19 September 2015 8:00 am

When Stefan Zweig first arrived in Rio de Janeiro in 1936, he was overwhelmed not only by the city’s magnificent…

An ill-waged war against the war on drugs

17 January 2015 9:00 am

Since drugs became popular, there have been countless books on what to do with them. The most interesting are those…

Why Jonathan Powell thinks we'll have to negotiate with al-Qa’eda

4 October 2014 9:00 am

Jonathan Powell is best known as Tony Blair’s fixer. He was intimately involved with the Northern Ireland peace process, about…

Owen Jones’s new book should be called The Consensus: And How I Want to Change it

6 September 2014 9:00 am

Owen Jones’s first book, Chavs, was a political bestseller. This follow-up skips over the middle classes and goes to the…

What are the Chinese up to in Africa?

5 July 2014 9:00 am

Few subjects generate as much angst, or puzzlement, among Western policymakers in Africa as China’s presence on the continent. In…

Sudan was always an invented country. Maybe we should invent it again

19 April 2014 9:00 am

Sudan — a country that ceased to exist in 2011 — is or was one of the last untouristed wildernesses…

Is there a way to live without economic growth? 

18 January 2014 9:00 am

During Japan’s lost decade in the 1990s I found myself handing out rice balls to Tokyo’s homeless on the banks…