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THE Books of the week

The Invaders: How Humans and Their Dogs Drove Neanderthals to Extinction, by Pat Shipman Subscription

23 April 2015 | By Simon Underdown

A lupine alliance may have helped Homo sapiens to beat the competition, says Simon Underdown

The Power of the Past: Understanding Cross-Class Marriages, by Jessi Streib Subscription

16 April 2015 | By Mary Evans

A study of American couples who married out of their socio-economic culture intrigues Mary Evans

Great Shakespeare Actors: Burbage to Branagh, by Stanley Wells Subscription

9 April 2015

The first act in an entertaining study of gifted stage performers is the most powerful, says Lisa Hopkins

Mark Rothko: Toward the Light in the Chapel, by Annie Cohen-Solal Subscription

2 April 2015 | By Tracey Warr

A sense of not belonging coloured an outsider’s journey to the avant-garde, learns Tracey Warr

‘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

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