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The ghost of Christmas past

MURPHY: Christmas 1944 and the horrors of war.…

Sex, politics and murder, British-style

MURPHY: Jeremy Thorpe’s political career came to an abrupt end with allegations of homosexuality and a conspiracy to commit murder.…

The British Empire and the power of commerce

MURPHY: When it came to financing investment outside Europe, London’s role was unmatched.…

The continuing influence of Ayn Rand

MURPHY: More than 30 years after her death, Rand’s books, Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead, still sell.…

The spy who saved the Soviet Union

MURPHY: Richard Sorge’s information on Japanese intensions was critical to saving the Soviet Union during the Second World War.…

US midterms demonstrate the limits of punditry

MURPHY: Sweeping assertions about irreversible political trends are often wrong.…

Nelson Rockefeller’s fatal flaw

MURPHY: He was someone who wanted things “on his own terms,” but not even a Rockefeller wins the presidency exclusively on his own terms.…

The imperative of war is to win it as quickly as possible

MURPHY: No matter what it takes.…

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