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Crashes

Writing about financial crises by John Lanchester, Deborah Friedell, Joseph Stiglitz, Richard Rudgley, Robert Brenner and Jonathan Steinberg.

Cityphobia: The Crash

John Lanchester, 23 October 2008

Byron wrote that ‘I think it great affectation not to quote oneself.’ On that basis, I’d like to quote what I wrote in a piece about the City of London, in the aftermath of the...

Tycooniest: Trump and Son

Deborah Friedell, 22 October 2015

‘I have made myself very rich,’ Trump says (over and over again). ‘I would make this country very rich.’

It has become a commonplace to say, in the aftermath of the Great Recession, that ‘we are all Keynesians now.’ If this is so, then Keynes’s great biographer, Robert Skidelsky,...

Vertigo: plant obsessions

Richard Rudgley, 15 July 1999

The human need for plants extends far beyond simple utilitarian requirements of food, clothing and shelter – there is a yearning for them which is aesthetic, obsessive, sometimes religious....

Princely Pride: Emperor Frederick III

Jonathan Steinberg, 10 May 2012

On 18 October 1881, Crown Prince Frederick William of Germany and Prussia marked his 50th birthday with a gloomy entry in his diary. He had been waiting to succeed to the throne for twenty years...

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