Book of the week

Lauren Redniss illustrations in Thunder and Lightning, 2016

Book of the week: Exquisite images trigger the sensations of terror and wonder that nature inspires, says Philip Hoare

Person walking on rail tracks (detail)

Book of the week: Jane O’Grady on a thought experiment that is an endless platform for exploring ethical principles

Soldier firing gun at woman and child, World War Two

Book of the week: Two approaches to the Holocaust are blended in a pioneering historian’s last work, Neil Gregor writes

Oort cloud surrounding solar system (illustration)

Book of the week: An invisible force causes extinctions – science or sci-fi? Nature will decide, says Marcus Chown

Man holding baseball bat in tunnel

Book of the week: Tim Hall on post-Soviet criminal clans, diverse and complex groups to whom lawlessness is anathema

Man selling car after Stock Market Crash, 1929

Book of the week: Economic instability is inevitable – what matters is our efforts to limit it, says Victoria Bateman of L. Randall Wray's latest book

War memorial window (detail), St Bartholomew's church, Ottawa, Canada

Book of the week: Jasmine Allen admires the monumental scale and meticulous detail of a stained glass artist’s work

Crowd of 'End Austerity Now' demonstrators

Book of the week: A shared sense of precarity is at the heart of recent disparate mass protests, says Mary Evans

A bidonville in Saint Denis, 1963

Book of the week: Beneath a bourgeois veneer is a secret history of defunct jobs and fascinating lives, says Paul White

Mock interrogation simulating waterboarding

Book of the week: Ethics aside, no useful information is to be gained from ‘coercive questioning’, says Steven Rose

Portraits of man's and child's corpses

Book of the week: Brace yourself for unusual keepsakes in a study of our attachment to corpses, says Deborah Lutz

Review: Everything to Nothing: The Poetry of the Great War, Revolution and the Transformation of Europe, by Geert Buelens

Deborah Longworth salutes the range and reach in Everything to Nothing

Boats docked in Port Hercule, Monaco

Richard Murphy praises a bold effort to halt tax-dodging by the 1 per cent

Review: On Stalin’s Team, by Sheila Fitzpatrick

Lara Cook lauds a study of the comrades who kept the Man of Steel company for 30 years

Review: The Con Men, by Terry Williams and Trevor B. Milton

From living rent-free to Madoff’s fraud, a study of scams forces us to face our sins, says Dick Hobbs

Review: The Cunning of Uncertainty, by Helga Nowotny

Flora Samuel on a revelatory call for researchers to embrace context, culture and the unknown

Review: Hume: An Intellectual Biography, by James A. Harris

Jacqueline Broad discovers admiration for a misunderstood and misrepresented philosopher

Review: Strip Cultures, by The Project on Vegas: Susan Willis, Stacy Jameson, Karen Klugman and Jane Kuenz

A work of distinction offers fresh insights into the hedonism and hangovers, says Richard J. Williams

Review: Fashion Victims, by Alison Matthews David

Stomach-churning detail reminds us of the blood, sweat and tears in clothes, says Shahidha Bari

Review: Intelligence in the Flesh, by Guy Claxton

From emotions to waiting tables, our physical frame deserves more credit, finds Joanna Bryson