Books

Shadowy monsters

By Angela Kiverstein, November 12, 2015

Humans locked inside black-collared demons; witches clawing their enemies with iron fingernails; and, in a touch inspired by author Sarah J. Maas's heritage, a heroine laying stones on the grave of her friend ("stones were eternal, flowers were not"). This is the world of Queen of Shadows (Bloomsbury, £7.99), fourth in the Throne of Glass series.

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Altered attitudes can open worlds

By Steve Silberman, November 5, 2015

A few years ago, after someone mentioned to me about the supposed rise of autism in Silicon Valley, I started reading every news story about autism I could find and downloading journal articles by the score. It soon became clear that the mysterious rise in diagnoses was not restricted to California, where I live.

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Be careful of Putin, he is a true enemy of Jews

By Sandy Rashty, November 5, 2015

Vladimir Putin is no friend of the Jews. So says William Browder, the American-born Jewish tycoon who describes himself as the leader's "number one enemy" in his book: Red Notice.

Browder, 51, is on a mission to bring down the Russian president, the feared leader who has helped transform this world-renowned financier into a leading human rights activist.

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The Crime and the Silence: Confronting a Massacre

By Ian Thomson, November 5, 2015

By Anna Bikont
William Heinemann, £20

Beyond their ideological differences, Hitler and Stalin were united in their determination to carve up the Baltic States and destroy Poland.

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Review: Einstein: A Hundred Years of Relativity

By Daniel Snowman, November 5, 2015

By Andrew Robinson
Princeton University Press, £16.95

By the time he was in his 40s, Albert Einstein was one of the most famous people in the world. But he couldn't figure out why.

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Fame and its pursuers

By Stoddard Martin, November 5, 2015

One associates struggling young writers with Parisian garrets and La Bohème, but Vienna of the fin-de-siècle was perhaps their great heyday. Hugo von Hofmannsthal and Stefan Zweig apprenticed themselves there.

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Review: Abraham and his Son

By Simon Rocker, October 29, 2015

By James Goodman
Sandstone Press, £16.99

The Binding of Isaac, Abraham's near-sacrifice of his son, is one of the Bible's most iconic episodes. It is read from the Torah over the High Holy Days and even in the daily morning liturgy in some prayer books.

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Review: Raphael Lemkin and the Struggle for the Genocide Convention

By David Conway, October 29, 2015

By John Cooper
Palgrave Macmillan, £19.99

Genocide is rarely out of the news these days, a sad reflection of the sorry state of the modern world. This makes John Cooper's book welcome and timely.

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Roots of defection, routes of departure

By Geoffrey Alderman, October 21, 2015

Why do Jews turn their backs on their religious and communal heritage and, in extreme cases, convert to other religions? Professor Todd Endelman sets out to answer these questions but - as he admits - the research is hampered both by the anecdotal, frequently suspect and inherently biased nature of some of the biographical evidence and by the lack of systematic quantitative data.

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Point and counterpoint

By Norman Lebrecht, October 21, 2015

Children of the StoneBy Sandy Tolan
Bloomsbury, £17.99
Reviewed by Norman Lebrecht

A London orchestral violinist I know spends her summer leave working with cancer kids in Africa. A French bassoonist takes a 100-kilometre run in support of an educational mission. An Australian violinist volunteers for Médecin sans Frontières.

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