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When Arthur Conan Doyle cried “J’Accuse…!”

Conan Doyle for the Defence. By Margalit Fox. Random House; 352 pages; $27. Profile; £16.99. Get our daily newsletter Upgrade your inbox and get our Daily Dispatch and Editor’s Picks. The struggle for trans rights has parallels to that for gay rights The boss of Pakistan’s ruling party is sentenced to ten years in jail Italy’s government proposes to limit fixed-term job contracts Companies appear to be gaining market power Is the World Cup really free from doping? Ukraine wants …

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The birth of the skyscraper on the streets of Chicago

Skyscraper. By Dan Cruickshank. Head of Zeus; 301 pages; £9.99. Get our daily newsletter Upgrade your inbox and get our Daily Dispatch and Editor’s Picks. What is a civil partnership? The victory of Andrés Manuel López Obrador starts a new era in Mexico Despite Germany’s exit, this World Cup has been quite predictable After months of preparation, a damp squib on euro-zone reform Angela Merkel’s European negotiations put her on the front foot in Berlin Britain’s future king faces up to Jerusalem’s …

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Why America and Mexico are destined to grow even closer

Vanishing Frontiers: The Forces Driving Mexico and the United States Together. By Andrew Selee. PublicAffairs; 336 pages; $28 and £20. Get our daily newsletter Upgrade your inbox and get our Daily Dispatch and Editor’s Picks. The founder of JetBlue is about to start a new airline Michael Bloomberg is spending big to flip the House A Supreme Court ruling heralds the end of tax-free online shopping How artists depicted George Washington and the idea of the presidency Do safe spaces …

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How Alberto Giacometti became a legend

THE man strides forward, bent slightly at the waist as if resisting a stiff breeze. He is not so much gaunt as spectral, stretched out like chewing gum, as insubstantial as smoke. And yet, despite his frailty, he is determined, even heroic. “Walking Man I”, a bronze made by Alberto Giacometti in 1960, is a searing monument to an era of anxiety, and a symbol of endurance in the face of overwhelming odds. During his own life Giacometti, who was …

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When drama and beauty turn the World Cup into art

PELÉ was nine years old when he first saw his father cry. It was 1950, the year of the Maracanazo—Brazil’s devastating loss to Uruguay, at the Maracanã stadium in Rio, which cost the team the World Cup. The child promised his father that he would avenge the defeat. When the two countries next met in the tournament, in the semi-final of 1970, Pelé was playing. With the scores tied at 1-1, he chased a pass deep into Uruguay’s half. The …

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Inside Vladimir Putin’s “mafia state”

The Vory: Russia’s Super Mafia. By Mark Galeotti. Yale University Press; 344 pages; $28 and £20. Get our daily newsletter Upgrade your inbox and get our Daily Dispatch and Editor’s Picks. Donald Trump’s self-defeating war against abortion On vulgar liberals, cultural appropriation and hostile environments Boeing’s antics at the World Trade Organisation risk a trade war Followers of Jesus fail to agree about his homeland How heavy use of social media is linked to mental illness A devastating and brilliant …

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How to impeach a president

To End a Presidency: The Power of Impeachment. By Laurence Tribe and Joshua Matz. Basic Books; 304 pages; $28. Get our daily newsletter Upgrade your inbox and get our Daily Dispatch and Editor’s Picks. Britain creates a more hostile environment for immigrants What is the Singularity? China and Eurovision clash over an LGBT performance—and the value of diversity Can coach companies lure business people on board? Partisanship at Eurovision is becoming more blatant Bavaria is the latest place where the …

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The world almost ended in 1983

1983: Reagan, Andropov and a World on the Brink. By Taylor Downing.Da Capo Press; 400 pages; $28. Little, Brown; £20. Get our daily newsletter Upgrade your inbox and get our Daily Dispatch and Editor’s Picks. Iowa passes one of the harshest abortion bills in America Sounding the death knell for Corbynmania “Tully” is a new look at the old question of motherhood and identity In religion and economics, cause and effect are very hard to prove Why North Korea keeps …

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The death—or reinvention—of the French intellectual

Left Bank: Art, Passion and the Rebirth of Paris, 1940-1950. By Agnès Poirier. Henry Holt; 352 pages; $30. Bloomsbury Publishing; £25. Get our daily newsletter Upgrade your inbox and get our Daily Dispatch and Editor’s Picks. Video-game consoles get a wooden dimension Lionel Shriver on things that possess their owners Trump voters were motivated by fear of losing their status What happens if Donald Trump walks away from the Iran nuclear deal? Hope I save before I get old Can the …

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