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THE Books of the week

‘Curing Queers’: Mental Nurses and Their Patients, 1935-74, by Tommy Dickinson Subscription

26 March 2015 | By Chris Waters

A study of sexual injustice rejects the enormous condescension of posterity, argues Chris Waters

How to Write a Thesis, by Umberto Eco Subscription

19 March 2015 | By Robert Eaglestone

This guide gets right to the heart of the virtues that make a scholar, Robert Eaglestone discovers

Half Life: The Divided Life of Bruno Pontecorvo, Physicist or Spy, by Frank Close Subscription

12 March 2015 | By Jon Turney

A biography of a secretive scientist comes with a cast worthy of a le Carré novel, says Jon Turney

The Undersea Network, by Nicole Starosielski Subscription

5 March 2015

John Gilbey is fascinated by the unseen fibre-optic communications cables that gird the globe

Birth of a Theorem: A Mathematical Adventure, by Cédric Villani Subscription

26 February 2015

The lows and highs of a ‘rock star’ scholar cracking an impossible problem enthral Noel-Ann Bradshaw

To Explain The World: The Discovery of Modern Science, by Steven Weinberg Subscription

19 February 2015

A history of the steps humans took to explain how and why things work delights Cait MacPhee

Citizen Coke: The Making of Coca-Cola Capitalism, by Bartow J. Elmore Subscription

12 February 2015

Isabelle Szmigin on the not-so secret formula underpinning a highly profitable global model

Sea of Storms: A History of Hurricanes in the Greater Caribbean from Columbus to Katrina, by Stuart B. Schwartz Subscription

5 February 2015

Call it a ‘hypercane’ or a ‘weather bomb’, we’re as much at its mercy as ever, writes Philip Hoare

A Scientist in Wonderland: A Memoir of Searching for Truth and Finding Trouble, by Edzard Ernst Subscription

29 January 2015

Helen Bynum admires a physician’s quest to distinguish alternative medicine from quackery

Pressed for Time: The Acceleration of Life in Digital Capitalism, by Judy Wajcman Subscription

22 January 2015

It’s not machines but rather man that makes us dread the clock’s tick, Stina Lyon discovers

The Match Girl and the Heiress, by Seth Koven Subscription

15 January 2015

A cross-class relationship burns bright in a study of an experiment in ethical living, says Nadia Valman

Cunegonde’s Kidnapping: A Story of Religious Conflict in the Age of Enlightenment, by Benjamin J. Kaplan Subscription

8 January 2015

A tale of the priest, the boy, his aunt and her arrest in 1762 is first-rate micro-history, says Alec Ryrie

Wikipedia and the Politics of Openness, by Nathaniel Tkacz Subscription

1 January 2015

Paul Bernal admires an analysis of the sanctified ‘neutrality’ of the encyclopedia we all love to hate

Nye: The Political Life of Aneurin Bevan, by Nicklaus Thomas-Symonds Subscription

11 December 2014

Roger Morgan lauds a biography charting Labour statesman’s rise from a colliery to the Cabinet

The Secret History of Wonder Woman, by Jill Lepore Subscription

4 December 2014

Giulia Miller writes on the weird backstory to a female superhero, from women’s suffrage to lie detectors

Vaccine Nation: America’s Changing Relationship with Immunization, by Elena Conis Subscription

27 November 2014

The history of vaccinations in the US has as much to do with politics as medicine, says Helen Bynum

Email from Ngeti: An Ethnography of Sorcery, Redemption, and Friendship in Global Africa, by James H. Smith and Ngeti Mwadime Subscription

20 November 2014

One-way secrets in a gripping exchange between a Kenyan and an Africanist trouble Joanna Lewis

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