Mark Pierce was a diplomat and is now a writer who has spent years living in France and Germany.
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War crimes: The trial of a fallen French war hero and lessons for today
When can personal responsibility be dissolved into collective culpability?
Imagining Trump’s second term
Could Canada cope? Might Australia? Two books on the “vice in the chest and tightness in the stomach” prospect.
The decline of Europe: “Rage, rage, against the dying of the light”
From the early signs of decay to the recent downwards turn, Europe’s trajectory is captured with pen and voice.
Plumbing the depths of the former East Germany’s grotesque delusion
A mostly unsentimental new memoir of life in the GDR ruminates on the what-ifs.
Boris Johnson: Does distance really lend enchantment to the view?
A recent biography on the former PM reveals a man short on dignity and gravitas, and afraid to make the hard decisions.
Fake news, propaganda, and the withering of commitment to truth
Joseph Stalin’s denial of access for Western journalists during the Second World War heralded the birth of disinformation.