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The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap By Matt Taibbi - book review: Rich pickings in a captivating tale of two Americas

Taibbi has probably been the best, and most vivid explainer of how these vast, labyrinthine institutions work. And if Lewis, the former trader, is the man from the inside shipping information out, Taibbi is the punk outsider, barely containing his fury as

World Without End: The Global Empire of Philip II - Hugh Thomas

Following Rivers of Gold and The Golden Age, World Without End is the conclusion of a magisterial three-volume history of the Spanish Empire by Hugh Thomas, its foremost worldwide authority World Without End is the climax of Hugh Thomas's great history

Klop: Britain's Most Ingenious Secret Agent by Peter Day, review: 'unavoidably speculative'

Peter Ustinov's diminutive, womanising father was a valued British spy. But how much of what he said was true, asks Nicholas Shakespeare

The Last Victorians - W Sydney Robinson

'We of this age behold with amazement the sweep and range of the great Victorians.' Morning Post, May 1921. Ever since the publication of Lytton Strachey's Eminent Victorians in 1918 it has been fashionable to ridicule the great figures of the nineteenth

Dusty by Karen Bartlett, review

Dusty Springfield's achingly vulnerable voice expressed the agony she felt over her suburban upbringing and her sexuality, says Helen Brown

Empty Mansions review the life of reclusive heiress Huguette Clark

Bill Dedman and Paul Clark's account of the strange life of Huguette Clark proves the old adage that money can't buy you happiness.

The Iceberg: A Memoir by Marion Coutts, review: 'marvellous, painful, immersive'

A wife's account of her husband's dying has the power to astound, says Diana Athill

Unspeakable Things review Laurie Penny's dissection of modern feminism

Blogger and New Statesman contributing editor Laurie Penny's new broadside isn't another sparky handbook for middle-class women but a call to arms for the underclass.

Book review: Otters: Return to the River

AN elusive, sinuous entity so at home in its element it can seem little more than a quicksilver twist of water and fur, the otter is one of our most charismatic mammals.

World Without End: the Global Empire of Philip II by Hugh Thomas, review: 'overwhelmed by its own density'

The sheer scale of imperial Spain's ambition was matched only by its brutality, argues Jeremy Treglown