Matthew Walther

The best thing about Harry G. Frankfurt’s On Inequality is the paper

17 October 2015 8:00 am

Ten years ago, a philosophy professor at Princeton wrote a book with a provocative, slightly indecent title. It was a…

Mark Sanford and George W. Bush in 2002

The best American political memoir in a generation

8 August 2015 9:00 am

In June 2009, the good people of South Carolina lost Mark Sanford, their governor. Per his instructions, his staff told…

Although Keynes hated his appearance, he was much painted by the Bloomsbury Group, including by Roger Fry (above)

John Maynard Keynes: transforming global economy while reading Virginia Woolf

28 March 2015 9:00 am

To the 21st-century right, especially in the United States, John Maynard Keynes has become a much-hated figure whose name is…

What makes mankind behave so atrociously? Ian Buruma and Joanna Bourke investigate

6 December 2014 9:00 am

The first interaction between two men recorded in the Bible involves a murder. In the earliest classic of English literature,…

The young T.E. Lawrence in Arab dress

Secretive, arrogant and reckless: the young T.E. Lawrence began life as he meant to go on

11 October 2014 9:00 am

The Lawrence books are piling up, aren’t they? I don’t mean the author of The Rainbow, though as I write…

Keep the Man Booker Prize British

20 September 2014 9:00 am

I am nothing if not patriotic. Like most Americans, I am convinced that mine is the freest, most beautiful country…

Hillary Clinton’s autobiography seems destined to join her husband’s - in a bin marked ‘Free’

21 June 2014 8:00 am

Last year a Washington-based journalist called Mark Leibovich wrote This Town, a book whose thesis was, roughly, that Washington-based journalists…

The American who dreamed of peace for the Arabs – but was murdered in their midst

31 May 2014 9:00 am

‘Arabist’ is fast becoming an archaism. Perhaps it is already one. These days the word conjures up enchanting visions of…

I used to like George Kennan. Then I read his diaries

1 March 2014 9:00 am

George Kennan, the career diplomat and historian best known for his sensible suggestion that the United States try to resist…

Angel, by Elizabeth Taylor - review

30 November 2013 9:00 am

‘She wrote fiction?’ Even today, with the admirable ladies at Virago nearly finished reissuing her dozen novels, Elizabeth Taylor remains…