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Jun 29, 2022

In his ambitious new book, distinguished professor Saleem Ali tries to bridge the gap between politics and science to help plan for a safer future

Saleem Ali – whose Twitter bio begins “Mercurial Professor” – is not trying to be the new Stephen Hawking.

“People buy all these theoretical physics books in droves because they think having them on the shelves will make them look smart,” opines the distinguished professor of energy and the environment at the University of Delaware. “A Brief History of Time is a very difficult book to read.”

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Jun 04, 2021

To some, the president who resigned has become a Shakespearean figure. To most, the successor who was impeached twice will bear no such scrutiny

“I love you, as you know,” says Richard Nixon. “Like my brother.”

Related: Can Trump do a Nixon and re-enter polite society? Elizabeth Drew doubts it

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Apr 21, 2021

The author of Native Son wrote another damning book about race that was rejected by publishers at the time – but now it’s finally seeing the light of day

He was one of most influential African American writers of the 20th century. But Richard Wright found it hard to talk to his daughter about race.

“It’s like soldiers who go to war and then come back,” Julia Wright, who turns 79 this year, says in a phone interview with the Guardian. “They don’t always find the way to share what they did at war with their family. My father didn’t really know how to share the pain about race with me.

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Jul 22, 2020

She is a psychologist who used to deny being related to Donald – now she has written an explosive bestseller about him. She discusses his racism, incompetence, cruelty and why he never laughs

Dinner in the Trump household was a hierarchical affair. Fred Trump, the patriarch, sat at the head of the table, with son Donald on his right and daughter Maryanne on his left. Other family members took their places in descending order of assigned importance.

But one Thanksgiving, the eldest son, Fred Jr, found himself relegated to the junior end of the table with his daughter Mary. “During the course of the meal, my grandmother choked,” Mary Trump recalls. “My dad had been a volunteer ambulance driver in the late 60s and early 70s so he knew the Heimlich manoeuvre and he very gently manoeuvred her into the kitchen and gave her the Heimlich, and that basically saved her from choking.

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