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In Siam with the Yanks
December 14, 2014 1:00 am

In Siam with the Yanks

An illustrated guide to America's 300-year presence in Thailand is admirably modest about old glories and honest about the rogues

The magic of 'Adultery'
November 16, 2014 1:00 am

The magic of 'Adultery'

"Alchemist" author Paulo Coelho prescribes an unusual tonic for spiritual growth - sexual betrayal

Meet the Paris slum dwellers who gave birth to modern art
November 9, 2014 1:00 am

Meet the Paris slum dwellers who gave birth to modern art

'In Montmartre' descends into the filthy backstreets where Picasso, Matisse, Gertrude Stein and their brood spawned a culture revolution

How to poison history
November 2, 2014 2:38 pm

How to poison history

The Borgias weren't so bad after all. GJ Meyer tracks the sources of all that creepy stuff and finds it was made up

Genghis Khan as Chinese citizen
October 12, 2014 1:00 am

Genghis Khan as Chinese citizen

John Man sees the irony in Beijing anointing its foreign conqueror a national hero, but warns of legacies usurped

In the dark of the Arabian nights
October 5, 2014 1:00 am

In the dark of the Arabian nights

Obviously TE Lawrence's victory in the Middle East was in vain. Jihad overshadows this painful biography

Under the hood of a girl
September 28, 2014 1:00 am

Under the hood of a girl

Caitlin Moran's autobiographical novel about an unformed teen lifts the lid on the dangers of building yourself from the outside in

Finally, the mask is ripped off
September 21, 2014 1:00 am

Finally, the mask is ripped off

Or so says Russell Edwards, who has unravelled 126-year-old DNA on the trail of Jack the Ripper

Cogs of flesh in America's dream
September 14, 2014 1:00 am

Cogs of flesh in America's dream

'The Half Has Never Been Told' strips away the cliches of languid plantations to reveal slavery as a kind of factory that used torture to increase output

Light finally shed on Poland's darkest years
September 7, 2014 1:00 am

Light finally shed on Poland's darkest years

Given the vast and horrific vista of World War II, it's understandable that events in Poland tend to be relegated to a few paragraphs in the history books.