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Using the Law to Fight Epidemics, for Better and Worse

There’s something to be said for a book that takes the bewildering cacophony of American approaches to the pandemic and tries to bring some clarity to how we got here. In “American Contagions,” John Fabian Witt, a legal historian at Yale, offers a brisk guide to how epidemics have shaped U.S. law, and how the […]

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Annie Nightingale, 80, Radio 1's first female DJ, details her career

The Beeb, the Beatles and blazing the trail: Annie Nightingale, 80, Radio 1’s first female DJ, details her career in a candid memoir, including the moment after John Lennon’s death where Paul McCartney called her live on air Annie Nightingale, 80, became Radio 1’s first female DJ in February 1970 When John Lennon was killed, Paul […]

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Babies for Hitler: Fuhrer ordered German soldiers to impregnate

Beauties who had babies for Hitler: The Fuhrer ordered German soldiers occupying Norway to impregnate local girls who he thought had the purest Aryan blood. But after the Nazi defeat, mothers and children were vilified by their own people In 1934 Adolf Hitler became mesmerised by Norway’s fjords and genetic history  German troops were encouraged […]

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How ‘Shuggie Bain’ Became This Year’s Breakout Debut

The title character in Douglas Stuart’s debut novel, “Shuggie Bain,” at one point finds his mother passed out in their Glasgow apartment. He gently turns her head to the side so that she doesn’t choke on her vomit, places a bucket by the bed and sets out three mugs next to her — one with […]

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The Mysteries of the American-Saudi Alliance

VISION OR MIRAGESaudi Arabia at the CrossroadsBy David H. RundellBLOOD AND OILMohammed bin Salman’s Ruthless Quest for Global PowerBy Bradley Hope and Justin Scheck One of my most embarrassing moments in government came in 1995. I was a young staffer at the National Security Council, and a terrorist attack in Saudi Arabia suggested growing unrest […]