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A Brief History of Yuval Noah Harari

“We should never underestimate human stupidity,” warns the author of Sapiens, the runaway best-seller and one of Barack Obama’s favorite books

#Trussterf*ck

No shame and no sense—the U.K.’s new prime minister is not off to a good start

Boris the Improv P.M.

The British prime minister appears to run the country like a comedian on open-mike night

Holy Gotham!

Two urban warriors on opposite sides of the criminal-justice debate join forces to create Vital City

The View from Here

At America’s Bicentennial, in 1976, the fireworks included an unlikely romance between Liz Taylor and a future senator

Ashes to Optics

The ghoulish politics of exhumation

The Brit Who Unfriended Trump

How did David Cameron’s former deputy prime minister become Facebook’s authority on muting @realDonaldTrump?

Texting with an Ex

Does the British government need a deep clean? David Cameron’s problems swell, and Boris Johnson gets blasted as “foolish” and “unethical”

From 10 to Zero in 60 Seconds

No commemorative libraries. No seven-figure book deals. Why being the ex-leader of the U.K. is hard work with few perks

Oops! He Did It Again

The former British prime minister who triggered Brexit is back for a second act. But no one is clapping

Big Fish, Little Pond

Why Scottish politics suddenly looks like a trashy episode of daytime television

The Lying Game

The former French ambassador to the U.K. calls Boris Johnson a reckless leader with no concern for the truth. Sound familiar?

Undercover Boss

Who pulls the strings at 10 Downing Street? Hint: it may not be Boris

Great Sakharov’s Ghost

By seeking to destroy Alexei Navalny, Putin is repeating the mistakes his K.G.B. predecessors made with the dissident nuclear scientist

The Cool Cat and the Prime Minister

For a decade, the “Chief Mouser” has made 10 Downing Street his domain

The View from Here

American presidents are swathed in way too much pomp and ancien régime regality

Flight of the Bottom-Feeders

After years of running the zoo, Trump aides stampede for the exit

Caveat Emperor

Before Trump’s final days as a delusional tyrant, there was Haile Selassie

#NeverLeaving

Trump’s not the first loser to be dragged kicking and screaming from high office. A century ago, it was a New York City Hall janitor who just wouldn’t let go

The Politics of Bad Behavior

Melania, Ivanka, and the double standards of the single-minded

Joe Biden’s Not-So-Secret Weapon

American-born and raised in France by a stepfather who had survived the Holocaust, Tony Blinken will shape the next president’s global relations

The Biden Touch

He wears his heart where every Scranton native does: on his sleeve. Thank God

Melania by Night

As Rome burns and Trump tweets, his wife stays up late reading gossip about Vogue’s Anna Wintour

Tattle Tales

What I know about the Tory wives titillating London with their deliciously disloyal tell-alls