Jonathan Sperber’s Karl Marx: A Nineteenth Century Life: Karl Marx has been hailed as “a brilliant embedding of Marx in his times.” Marx is portrayed as a man looking over his shoulder at the philosophes of the French Revolution, while stoking the radical political flames of mid-19th century Europe. For Jonathan Freedland, who is conducting the interview, Sperber has succeeded in “recreating a man who leaps off the page.”
Jonathan Freedland is The Guardian’s executive editor and a weekly columnist. He currently presents BBC Radio 4's The Long View. The recipient of the 2014 Orwell Prize, he writes thrillers under the nom de plume, Sam Bourne.
Jonathan Sperber is Curator’s Professor of History at the University of Missouri. He writes in the areas of social, political and religious 19th and 20th century history. Karl Marx: A Nineteenth-Century Life was shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize.
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The super-rich inhabit a parallel world, competing with each other for power and influence. They mesmerise and horrify us in equal measure. But is this globalised and gilded class something new? In The Rich John Kampfner researches over 2,000 years of history that starts with Ancient Egypt and Rome and culminates with the oligarchies of modern Russia and China, the tech giants of Silicon Valley and, of course, with the bankers. John Kampfner will be in conversation with Giles Fraser.
John Kampfner is a journalist, broadcaster, commentator and a previous editor of The New Statesman and Moscow correspondent for the FT. His books include Freedom for Sale,which was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize, and Blair’s Wars.
Giles Fraser is priest-in-charge at St Mary’s church, Newington, South London and former Canon Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral. A theologian and frequent broadcaster, he writes The Guardian’s “Loose Canon” column.
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Contrary to its dull image, the financial world is actually full of strange and wonderful conundrums. In Dinosaur Derivatives and Other Trades, Jeremy Josse, who has been an executive in some of the world’s leading financial institutions, explores the philosophical puzzles in the industry, highlighting the hypocrisies and moral dilemmas that lie at the heart of the system. He will discuss the paradoxes of finance that shape our world today with media executive Stephen Grabiner.
Jeremy Josse trained as a lawyer before moving into finance. He has co-headed the FIG teams both at Pierpont securities and Rothschild’s US.
Stephen Grabiner is a private media investor and philanthropist. His current positions include National Independent Director of Times Newspapers Ltd and Chairman of The Jewish Chronicle.
Nicholas Winton, regarded as Britain’s Schindler, was a young stockbroker in 1938 when he masterminded an operation to rescue 669 children from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. His daughter Barbara Winton shares with Philippe Sands the motivations that led her father to undertake such a dangerous quest and the difference that even one person can make to combat the forces of evil.
Barbara Winton was born in 1953 and is the daughter of Nicholas and Grete Winton. She works in Complementary Therapy. She has inherited two main traits from her father: a love of gardening and a zest for intense discussions about world affairs.
Philippe Sands is a barrister in the Matrix Chambers and is also Professor of International Law at UCL. His books include Lawless World and Torture Team. His new book is out soon.
Maureen Lipman introduces The Chaim Bermant Award for Journalism, produced for Jewish Book Week 2015. The award is presented in memory of the late journalist and author, at once “Anglo-Jewry’s voice of conscience” and, by his own typically tongue-in-cheek designation, “a licensed heretic.” Contributors are the judges: journalists Miriam Gross, Gerald Jacobs and Geoffrey Paul, with readings by Maureen Lipman.
Miriam Gross is a Jerusalem-born journalist. She has been a literary editor of The Sunday Telegraph and an arts editor of The Daily Telegraph. She is a diarist for The Spectator and the author of An Almost English Life, a memoir.
Gerald Jacobs is literary editor of The Jewish Chronicle. He has contributed to most major UK publications, including The Times and the FT. He is the author of the first authorised biography of Judi Dench and the bestselling Sacred Games.
Geoffrey Paul served journalistic apprenticeships in Wales and Yorkshire, before coming to London as editor of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Working for the JC, he succeeded William Frankel as editor, retiring from the newspaper 23 years ago.
Maureen Lipman is an award-winning actress, columnist and comedienne. Her extensive work includes See How They Run, which won the Olivier Theatre Award for Best Comedy Performance, Oklahoma and Roman Polanski’s The Pianist.
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AB Yehoshua, one of Israel’s foremost writers and public intellectuals, considers how Jewish culture is now reflected through the prism of contemporary Israeli society. What are the cultural consequences of Israel's recent social and political upheavals?
AB Yehoshua is the recipient of many prizes, including The National Jewish Book Award and was shortlisted for the first ever International Man Booker. Pushkin Children's Books has recently published his critically acclaimed The Story of Crime and Punishment, the retelling of Dostoyevsky's classic.
Michael Ignatieff and Philip Lopate are joined by Adam Mars-Jones to celebrate the art of the essay at Jewish Book Week 2015.