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cover story 32 A bad year in the City
Finance special feature: chris hughes on a year in the markets, Financial Services Authority chairman Adair Turner interviewed, plus felix salmon on the media
regulars 8 Prospect recommends The pick of the month’s events. 12 Diary Why Dan Brown doesn’t exist, plus
brian eno on good behaviour, nigel warburton on bad weather & stephen nickell on child labour 16 Letters
opinions 18 Zac on track The rise of green Tory Zac
Goldsmith. james crabtree 19 Fewer jobless
Why unemployment isn’t higher. tim leunig 20 Obama’s stumble The right-wing fury over health
reform. faisal islam 21 The West Bank shapes up
Good news from Palestine. john deverell 22 Whining parents Schools are demanding too much
from parents. simon crompton 23 Justice for whom? Pol Pot’s men are being tried, but Cambodians don’t know. nic dunlop
correspondents 25 Washington watch The Republicans rally. renegade 26 Brussels diary
Nato’s new boss. manneken pis 27 China café My neighbours hate me. mark kitto
columnIStS 7 If I ruled the world
Down with audience participation. edward docx 10 Political notes The Tories and social mobility.
features 42 The age of enhancement
anne mcelvoy 68 Lab report
Drugs that erase memories or aid sexual fidelity may soon exist. Should we take them? david edmonds 46 Cracking on in Helmand
What’s that on Jupiter? philip ball 69 Matters of taste The fruit of Eden. alex renton 88 Dear Wilhemina I can’t stand my partner’s children.
Where we went wrong in Afghanistan. stephen grey 52 Hey, big spenders The economic downturn is the
perfect opportunity to transcend consumerism. amitai etzioni 55 Living with Henry The real Henry Kissinger.
memoir 58 Haunted
Will you help me get rid of a ghost? kamran nazeerscience & technology 64 Hello sunshine Can solar energy power the world?
and finally 85 Enigmas & puzzles ian stewart 85 Coming up & online 86 The generalist didymus 87 The Prospect listinterview28 Nick Hornby The godfather of lad lit shows his feminine side. paul broks
arts & books 71 Much ado about money The credit crunch is bringing out the
best in theatre. michael coveney 72 Last gasp for global Islam The religion’s worldwide revival is a
hollow shell. robin yassin-kassab 74 Cultural notebook The art of the nappy. sam leith 75 The evolution of genius
What did Lincoln and Darwin have in common? gillian beer 76 Almost a British Balzac Sebastian Faulks’s very British
dystopia. julian evans 77 Private view
A model exhibition. ben lewis 78 Smallscreen The big channels turn to crime.
peter bazalgette 80 Catch a burning star
Dermot and Mary. danny kruger 80 The summer of 1939 Three diary extracts. ian irvine 81 Widescreen Taking cinema on the road.
jeremy leggett 65 Getting personal The costs and benefits of knowing
your genes. mark henderson 67 On the box Television is coming to your Xbox.
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