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Some ride the wave to success

The British Dream: Successes and Failures of Post-War Immigration. By David Goodhart. Atlantic; 381 pages; £20. Buy from Amazon.co.uk

DAVID GOODHART dislikes immigration. He thinks Britain has made a colossal mistake by being so open to foreigners over the years. The efforts of the current Conservative-led coalition

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Europe: The Struggle for Supremacy, from 1453 to the Present. By Brendan Simms. Basic Books; 690 pages; $35. Allen Lane; £30. Buy from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk

German Europe. By Ulrich Beck. Polity; 98 pages; $19.95 and £16.99. Buy from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk

ONE country and one person have been at the fore in the euro crisis: Germany and its

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Spielberg's blockbuster bent the laws of nature, ushering in an era of special effects that made dinosaurs out of action heroes

How fast does a T rex run? 20 years ago, the technicians at George Lucas's effects house, Industrial Light and Magic, laboring to finish Jurassic Park in time for its June 11 release date, made a decision whose effects...

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Capturing the moment

BRIAN HELGELAND’S latest film is steeped in nostalgia without ever being sentimental. Its title, “42”, is the number on the back of the jersey worn by its hero, Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman), a gifted player who broke the colour bar in baseball.

Robinson played himself in “The Jackie Robinson Story”, which was released in 19

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American Turnaround: Reinventing AT&T and GM and the Way We Do Business in the USA. By Ed Whitacre. Business Plus; 290 pages; $28.99 and £11.99. Buy from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk

GENERAL MOTORS (GM) has always been about more than just cars. In its early years it was rescued from a junkyard of mergers by Alfred Sloan, who created a template

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The former High School Musical sweethearts are both attempting to shed their clean-cut images in their new films, The Paperboy and Spring Breakers. Who has done the better job?

When you break up with a long-term squeeze, you both go your separate ways and redefine yourselves as ostentatiously as possible. Why should former tween stars Zac Efron and...

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Uptown, up-tempo woman

The Woman Upstairs. By Claire Messud. Knopf; 307 pages; $25.95. Virago; £14.99. Buy from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk

NORA ELDRIDGE, Claire Messud’s heroine, is a 42-year-old primary-school teacher in Cambridge, Massachusetts, “neither fat nor thin, tall nor short, blonde nor brunette, neither pretty nor plain. …neither married no

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American music producer who worked with many pop greats including Bob Dylan, Barbra Streisand and Frank Sinatra

Once nicknamed "The Pope of Pop", Phil Ramone, who has died aged 79, worked as a sound engineer and producer with an unparalleled list of popular musicians including Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Ray Charles and Barbra Streisand. In...

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Silence: A Christian History. By Diarmaid MacCulloch. Allen Lane; 338 pages; £20. Buy from Amazon.co.uk

ON SUNDAY March 31st hundreds of millions of worshippers in the Christian West, including the new leaders of the Catholic and Anglican churches, will contemplate their founder’s empty tomb: a mystery so great that according to one Gospel a

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