Vietnam

Richard Holbrooke as US special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan in New Delhi, April 2009, a year before his death

How to lose friends and alienate people: Richard Holbrooke was a past master

11 May 2019 9:00 am

Jonathan Powell describes the bullying tactics of a remarkable, if deeply flawed, American diplomat, whose career spanned half a century

Uwe Johnson at his desk [Getty]

Uwe Johnson’s Anniversaries is an astonishing achievement

24 November 2018 9:00 am

The most striking and difficult aspect of this novel is its incredible scale. How can a reviewer best discuss an…

Kim Phuc Phan Thi – Napalm Girl – stands in front of the iconic 1972 photograph that changed public opinion worldwide

The disaster of Vietnam and the men who can’t get over it

6 October 2018 9:00 am

Many wars have outsized and enduring effects on the societies that fight them, but for Americans the Vietnam war has…

The best documentary series of the past decade

21 October 2017 9:00 am

Any rival reality-TV makers watching Channel 5 on Thursday will, I suspect, have been both mystified and slightly embarrassed at…

Bangkok’s MahaNakhon skyscraper, Thailand’s tallest building

The awakening of Southeast Asia’s tiger economies

30 September 2017 9:00 am

Southeast Asia is a region of young consumers, ambitious governments and opportunities for investors, says Elliot Wilson

Flower power: the members of Geranium Pond

The legacy of Sgt. Pepper that’s really worth celebrating is toytown pop – not prog rock

3 June 2017 9:00 am

Pop’s counterfactuals tend to be built on questioning mortality: what if Jimi Hendrix had lived? Or Buddy Holly? Rarely does…

What exactly was the CIA up to in Laos in the 1960s?

27 May 2017 9:00 am

I once spent an evening, back in the mid-1980s, with William Colby, the legendary spy and director of the CIA.…

The latest short stories are far from sweet

4 March 2017 9:00 am

Like his Pulitzer Prize-winning first novel, The Sympathisers, the stories in Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Refugees are set largely among…

Trump’s new security chief is a fearless truth-teller. Is that enough?

25 February 2017 9:00 am

Is Trump’s new security chief still the thinking man’s general?

Robert Olen Butler’s anguished hero is haunted by the wrong war

21 January 2017 9:00 am

At first glance, Robert Olen Butler’s Perfume River seems like an application for a National Book Award. Its protagonist, Robert,…

How to make it as a female war correspondent

10 December 2016 9:00 am

In August 1939, Clare Hollingworth, a 28-year-old aid-worker, had been employed as a reporter for less than a week by…

Trump’s bad debate performance won’t stop Americans voting for him

1 October 2016 9:00 am

Monday night’s US presidential debate should convince a majority of American voters that Hillary Clinton is their only credible choice…

Natural high: John Sebastian’s acoustic set at Woodstock, 1969

A great retro shop with a dreary message: V&A’s You Say You Want a Revolution? reviewed

10 September 2016 9:00 am

Back in the high optimism of the 2008 presidential campaign, one of Barack Obama’s more extravagant hopes was that ‘the…

A friend’s philanthropy put me in mind of my dad

20 August 2016 9:00 am

An item in an American newspaper had me thinking of my father all last week. Old dad died 27 years…

Portrait of the week

28 May 2016 9:00 am

Home The government published a Treasury analysis warning that an exit from the EU would plunge Britain into a year-long…

Pumped up and dangerous: going to war on drugs

21 May 2016 9:00 am

‘Of all civilisation’s occupational categories, that of soldier may be the most conducive to regular drug use.’ The problem with…

Dusty Springfield at the Royal Variety Performance in 1965 (Getty).

Everything you always wanted to know about Sixties pop —and more

28 November 2015 9:00 am

It might seem an odd choice, but after reading Jon Savage’s new book, I think if I had a time…

Investors are finally looking beyond the Brics

3 October 2015 9:00 am

As acronyms go, it wasn’t quite up there with Abba, named after the four founders of Sweden’s greatest export. For…

Author William Boyd (Photo: Getty)

For William Boyd's war-photographer heroine, life is a series of accidents

26 September 2015 8:00 am

Amory Clay, photographer and photo-journalist, was born in 1908, only two years after Logan Mountstuart, writer, poseur and ‘scribivelard’. Amory…

‘Early Morning at the Kumbh Mela, Allahabad, India’, 1989, by Don McCullin

Don McCullin interview: ‘I take more than I bring. That’s not a role I’m proud of’

26 September 2015 8:00 am

Jenny McCartney talks to the celebrated photojournalist about war, guilt and Aylan

Nixon with Kissinger and Donald Rumsfeld in 1969

Niall Ferguson's biography of Henry Kissinger is a masterpiece

19 September 2015 8:00 am

I have met Dr Kissinger, properly, only three times. First, in Cairo, in 1980, when, as a junior diplomat escorting…

The future was looking bleak for a poor little Greek Boy who had turned 30, but then I met Arnaud de Borchgrave

21 February 2015 9:00 am

I hate to start with a cliché, but Count Arnaud de Borchgrave d’Altena, who died in Washington DC last week,…

The wars that really are about the oil

30 August 2014 9:00 am

You can’t understand any of the world’s crises without understanding petropolitics

The wounded Kennedy – and the people who gave him strength

23 November 2013 9:00 am

Ten years ago, a determined historian transformed our picture of John F. Kennedy. Robert Dallek had finally got his hands…

Taki: Why JFK wouldn't have steered clear of Vietnam if he had lived

16 November 2013 9:00 am

Everyone’s doing it, so I might as well jump in too. After all, I knew so many of the people…