In 2021 our writers considered know-how, meritocracy and the trans discussion

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Athens: City of Knowledge. By Bruce Clark. Pegasus 512 webpages $35. Head of Zeus £25

A standard contributor on tradition and thoughts documents the background of 1 of the world’s oldest repeatedly inhabited areas, from its legendary origins to the bustling modern conurbation where by an historical passion for politics and verbal pyrotechnics continues to be undimmed. The consequence is an “enchantingly readable history”, mentioned the Literary Evaluate.

Framers. By Kenneth Cukier, Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Francis de Véricourt. Dutton 272 pages $28. WH Allen £20

Our By-Invitation editor and his co-authors take a look at what men and women can do that AI simply cannot: use psychological types to see the entire world in a new way. AI depends on information, but human cognition applies counter factuals to see what is not there. A plea for pluralism that is “different, and improved, than the standard recipes for intelligent thinking”, reported the Economical Instances.

We See It All. By Jon Fasman. Public Affairs 288 webpages $28. Scribe £16.99

Our US electronic editor examines the ethical, political and legal implications of surveillance systems utilized by law enforcement, reporting from Ecuador, Israel, Sweden and across The us. He reveals how surveillance affects everybody, and what concerned citizens can do. An “illuminating account”, said Publishers Weekly, which “issues an necessary warning”.

Trans. By Helen Joyce. Oneworld 320 internet pages $25.95 and £18.99

Our Britain editor analyses the sidelining of biological sexual intercourse in favour of self- declared “gender identity” in cases from rape-crisis centres to sport. A “searing and at instances devastating analysis”, reported the Sunday Occasions. The New York Occasions known as it an “intelligent, complete rejoinder to an idea that has swept across a lot of the liberal world”.

Dohany Road. By Adam LeBor. Head of Zeus 384 webpages £18.99

The 3rd volume in a noir trilogy featuring Balthazar Kovacs, a detective in the Budapest murder squad. An Israeli historian goes missing following investigating the dropped prosperity of Hungarian Jews murdered in the Holocaust. “A guaranteed-footed piece”, said the Fiscal Times, established in “an exuberantly realised Budapest”. By our former Hungary correspondent.

A Quick Heritage of Motion. By Tom Standage. Bloomsbury 272 web pages $28 and £20

A single of our deputy editors considers the rise of the vehicle, and the background and long run of city transport, in a 5,500-12 months street-trip that explodes myths and imagines streets not taken. “Great fun—and utterly timely”, reckoned the Sunday Times. “Standage writes with a masterly clarity,” reported the New York Situations.

Two Hundred Several years of Muddling Through. By Duncan Weldon. Little, Brown 339 web pages £20

A former British-economy correspondent demonstrates on 200 several years of the country’s economic background, exhibiting how politics and the financial system have interacted considering the fact that the Industrial Revolution. “Impressively researched, succinctly created and really readable”, mentioned the Occasions.

The Aristocracy of Expertise. By Adrian Wooldridge. Skyhorse 504 web pages $24.99. Allen Lane £25

A background of the increase of the meritocratic plan, its tendency to harden into aristocracy and the recent revolt from it, by our departing Bagehot columnist. The Times Literary Supplement termed it “extraordinary and irresistible…unfailingly entertaining, very easily drawing on a wealth of anecdote and statistics”.

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