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America experiences its own Skyfall as the huge storm blows in. Meanwhile, the Gangnam Style craze shows no signs of abating


James Bond's latest outing, Skyfall, smashed box office records when it opened in the UK last weekend, taking £20.1m – the biggest opening of the year so far and the largest gross after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Pa...

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The Richard Burton Diaries. Edited by Chris Williams. Yale University Press; 400 pages; $35 and £25. Buy from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk

RICHARD BURTON’S diaries, published in full for the first time 28 years after his death, show a man who was far more than an actor obsessed and twice married to an Oscar-winning Hollywood icon. W

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Let the People In: The Life and Times of Ann Richards. By Jan Reid. University of Texas Press; 495 pages; $27. Buy from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk

FEW people watching the Democratic convention in 1988 would forget the sight: a silver-haired grandmother named Ann Richards delivering rousing oratory with a Texas twang. An attack on George Bush senior,

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Kubrick's magnificently capacious spooker bears the same relation to standard-issue horror as Eyes Wide Shut does to eroticism

The rerelease of Stanley Kubrick's The Shining is another chance to savour, first of all, those magnificent interior sets. Instead of the cramped darkness and panicky quick editing of the standard-issue scary movie, Kubrick...

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A Nation of Deadbeats: An Uncommon History of America’s Financial Disasters. By Scott Reynolds Nelson. Knopf; 330 pages; $27.95. Buy from Amazon.co.uk (ISBN=unknown)

THE current financial crisis is merely a severe example of the panics and crashes that have dotted economic history. Lenders and borrowers have regularly overestimated the latter’s a

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Days of God: The Revolution in Iran and its Consequences. By James Buchan. John Murray; 482 pages; £25. To be published in America in autumn 2013 by Simon & Schuster. Buy from Amazon.com 

THE world has had more than three decades to get used to it, yet some might still be tempted to judge Iran’s Islamic revolution an historical aberration. The m

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A knotty documentary about punk's Oi! faction captures the rage festering in the late 1970s East End

Oi! was punk's extremist wing, given more to skinheads than mohawks. Richard England's knotty, tricky doc strives to give the movement context through the story of the Cockney Rejects' Jeff and Micky Geggus, who exploded out of a cramped...

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Back to Blood. By Tom Wolfe. Little, Brown; 720 pages; $30. Jonathan Cape; £20. Buy from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk

“IN MIAMI, everybody hates everybody,” explains a Haitian woman in “Back To Blood”. Mr Wolfe set his last three novels —“The Bonfire of the Vanities”, “A Man in Full” and “I Am Charlotte Simmons”—in New York, Atlanta and an east-coast un

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Movie about the Navy Seal raid is slated to air two nights before the election, prompting calls of unfair election influence

A film about the killing of Osama bin Laden, which will air two nights before the US presidential election, has been re-edited to feature more footage of Barack Obama, prompting accusations Hollywood is trying to swing the...

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