Potatoes were hyped as the key to a well-nourished populace by the European intelligentsia in the 1700s

Dominic Lawson reviews 10,000 Not Out: The History of The Spectator, 1828-2020 by David Butterfield

Jeremy Black reviews Jane Austen: Writing, Society, Politics, by Tom Keymer

Richard Reinsch reviews The Decadent Society, by Ross Douthat

Review: “Believe Me: How Trusting Women Can Change the World” by Jessica Valenti and Jaclyn Friedman

The New York Times columnist updates his arguments for a country rocked by pandemic and protest

The church has lost its way but our need for lasting purpose remains

Roger Moorhouse shows it’s possible to treat modern history properly and in context

John Self reviews Sorry for Your Trouble by Richard Ford, This is Pleasure by Mary Gaitskill and Cleanness by Garth Greenwell

Daniel Johnson reviews Wagner’s Parsifal, by Roger Scruton