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Dec 1, 2015

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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Dec 1, 2015

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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