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62Explaining the financial crisis The credit crunch was an accident waiting to happen, thanks to a long period of benign market conditions which encouraged riskier behaviour by financiers. But how did problems in the US mortgage market spread so far? CHARLES GOODHART
12China café é My Chinese firewood crimes. MARK KITTO
21Washington watch Bring on the super-delegates. TUMBLER
37Sporting life The problem with the Paralympics. GEOFFREY WHEATCROFT
53These islands The most English place in England. TERENCE KEALEY
57Lab report Where did we get syphilis from? PHILIP BALL
67Brussels diary Is Gordon starting to get Europe? MANNEKEN PIS
88Confessions I’m a liberal and a Daily Mail reader. DON BERRY
6Letters 8News & curiosities 10Grayling’s question AC GRAYLING 10Enigmas & puzzles IAN STEWART 86The generalist 87The list
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68The half-baked entrepreneur Dear Premier Wen, allow me—a servant, philosopher and successful businessman —to offer you the truth about Bangalore, free of charge. ARAVIND ADIGA
74A desperate fascination Martin Amis has written obsessively about 9/11, but his political imagination looks increasingly barren. TOM CHATFIELD
76Re-readings Bernhard Schlink’s new novel covers many of the same themes as his last, the controversial The Reader . PHILIP OLTERMANN
77Dropping the pilot The broadcasting media no longer provides society with moral guidance—and people miss it. JOHN LLOYD
78BHL is back Bernard-Henri Léévy’s new book is typically immodest, yet brilliantly argued. CATHERINE FIESCHI
72Widescreen Wim Wenders and me. MARK COUSINS
80Private view The Russian paintings affair. BEN LEWIS
81Performance notes Barenboim and Beethoven. MARTIN KETTLE
85Smallscreen My television company went belly-up.
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