Ark of the Liberties

Can America still claim to be a leader in the cause of freedom? Read more...

Gandhi and Churchill: The Epic Rivalry that Destroyed an Empire and Forged Our Age

A look at two of the most influential progeny of Britain?s imperial culture, and how they shaped a century. Read more...

The Return of History and the End of Dreams

An analysis of the global power struggles to come. Read more...

The Man Who Loved China

A life of the man who unveiled a great culture?s learning to the West. Read more...

A History of Histories: Epics, Chronicles, Romances and Inquiries from Herodotus and Thucydides to the Twentieth Century

Is the writing of history a science of precision, or the artful crafting of a tale? Read more...

After Tamerlane: The Global History of Empire since 1405

A scholar of empire examines the many civilizations that laid claim to global dominance. Read more...

God's Crucible: Islam and the Making of Europe, 570 to 1215

A new examination of the Islamic role in the evolution of Europe's identity. Read more...

About the Columnist
A. C. Grayling is an author, playwright, reviewer, cultural journalist, and professor of philosophy at London University. The most recent of his many books are Towards the Light of Liberty and The Choice of Hercules. His play Grace was recently performed in New York City.

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Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

And women too.  Luminaries from Colin Firth to Nick Cave and Jonathan Franzen chose the poems that bring them to tears, and the result is a stunning collection of poignant verse from writers like Auden, Whitman, Bishop, Larkin, Neruda and many others.  Warning: choking-up hazard.

The King of Pain

Trapped beneath his entertainment system, reality TV mastermind Rick Salter reflects on his life and tries to piece together the events of the previous evening. Seth Kaufman’s romp is an outrageous meditation on pain and entertainment in a deranged world in which the two are often interchangeable.

The Good Inn

Frank Black, frontman for the Pixies, has written a transgressive historical fiction with shades of Thomas Pynchon (focused as it is on the history of explosives and cinematic pornography), all set in a hallucinatory Edwardian Europe.