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THE Books of the week

The Marshmallow Test: Understanding Self-control and How to Master It, by Walter Mischel Subscription

18 September 2014

Resisting sexual temptation is one thing, forgoing sweets is another. Natalie Gold on a study of restraint

The Culinary Imagination: From Myth to Modernity, by Sandra M. Gilbert Subscription

11 September 2014

Shahidha Bari savours a celebration of our relationship with food across genres and cultures

Mysteries and Conspiracies: Detective Stories, Spy Novels and the Making of Modern Sciences, by Luc Boltanski Subscription

4 September 2014

Sharon Wheeler on an ambitious investigation of crime fiction and its relation to modern society

National Service: Conscription in Britain, 1945-1963, by Richard Vinen Subscription

28 August 2014

A. W. Purdue on a British institution that changed lives but has been largely ignored by historians

Female Tommies: The Frontline Women of the First World War, by Elisabeth Shipton Subscription

21 August 2014

Niamh Gallagher on the women who challenged the consensus of who could serve at the front

Italian Venice: A History, by R. J. B. Bosworth Subscription

14 August 2014

Despite popular wisdom, time did not stop in the Most Serene Republic after all, says Kate Ferris

The Language Hoax: Why the World Looks the Same in Any Language, by John H. McWhorter Subscription

7 August 2014

Kerstin Hoge on a manifesto correcting the view that the language we speak affects how we think

Crisis Without End? The Unravelling of Western Prosperity, by Andrew Gamble Subscription

31 July 2014

Vera Troeger on a persuasive, if gloomy, look at the dangerous paradoxes at the heart of neoliberalism

Time in Powers of Ten: Natural Phenomena and their Timescales, by Gerard ’t Hooft and Stefan Vandoren Subscription

24 July 2014

Considering different timescales is a fun way to digest serious science, finds Graham Farmelo

The Cosmic Cocktail: Three Parts Dark Matter, by Katherine Freese Subscription

10 July 2014

Virginia Trimble on the search for the mysterious, magical secret ingredient of the universe

The New Emperors: Power and the Princelings in China, by Kerry Brown Subscription

3 July 2014

Seven men rule the Middle Kingdom, but why them? Jonathan Mirsky on a study of Party potentates

Tambora: The Eruption That Changed the World, by Gillen D’Arcy Wood Subscription

26 June 2014

Alison Stokes on a 19th-century volcanic eruption that caused a global climate disaster

Infinitesimal: How a Dangerous Mathematical Theory Shaped the Modern World, by Amir Alexander Subscription

19 June 2014

Robyn Arianrhod on a compelling tale of Jesuits, geometry and heresy in the turbulent 17th century

Mammon's Kingdom: An Essay on Britain, Now, by David Marquand Subscription

12 June 2014

Danny Dorling lauds an impassioned call to tame the UK’s ever more toxic worship of money

How Not to Be Wrong: The Hidden Maths of Everyday Life, by Jordan Ellenberg Subscription

5 June 2014

Tony Mann enjoys a fresh application of complex mathematical thinking to commonplace events

The Drunken Monkey: Why We Drink and Abuse Alcohol, by Robert Dudley Subscription

29 May 2014

Tiffany Taylor on a thought-provoking exploration of alcoholism from an evolutionary perspective

One Hour in Paris: A True Story of Rape and Recovery, by Karyn L. Freedman Subscription

22 May 2014

Lynne Segal on an analytic philosopher’s first-hand account of sexual violence and its aftermath

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