Daniel Finkelstein is a columnist and Associate Editor of The Times. Before joining the paper in 2001 he was adviser to both Prime Minister John Major and Conservative leader William Hague, and he has advised many other prominent Conservative party ministers. He was made a life peer in 2013. Daniel is Alfred Wiener’s grandson.
Noreena Hertz Eyes Wide Open
Economist Noreena Hertz explores with Daniel Finkelstein how we make decisions. Are emails destroying your ability to think? How do you know which information sources are credible? Whose advice should you trust? In a risky and information-overloaded world Hertz, an academic and broadcaster, offers Eyes Wide Open, a guide to smarter decisions.
By weaving together cutting-edge research with real-world examples from Hollywood to Harry Potter, NASA to World War II spies, Hertz constructs a...
Mark Lewisohn on The Beatles
Mark Lewisohn is the independent historian of The Beatles, who is working on a three-volume history, All These Years. The first volume was published in November 2013. In this event for Jewish Book Week, he dwells at least a little on the story’s Jewish elements – from managers to marriages and the bravura blend of Jewish and black talents – the so-called Rhythm &...
Not in God’s Name: Confronting Religious Violence
In his powerful and timely new book, Not in God’s Name, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks tackles the phenomenon of religious extremism. If religion is perceived to be part of the problem, he argues, it must also form part of the solution. To understand this, you first have to recognize the concept of ‘altruistic evil’, of violence committed in the name of God, and only by understanding our collective past will we be able to build a better future. Chaired by ...
Daniel Finkelstein and Jonathan Freedland in conversation
Sponsored by the Kennedy Leigh Charitable Trust
Finkelstein and Freedland are two of the UK’s most brilliant social and political commentators: questing, clear-headed, frequently impassioned. They have analysed and dissected every major event and pressing issue of recent times, and here they engage in an expansive conversation about their political ideals and the state of the world.
Alfred Wiener: The Fatherland and the Jews
In association with the Wiener Library
Dr Alfred Wiener, born in Germany in 1885, is best remembered as a leading figure in documenting Nazi and anti-Nazi literature, and as the founder of the world-renowned Wiener Holocaust Library. As early as 1918, as a de-mobbed soldier and passionate lover of his country, he realised that the Jews were being turned into the scapegoat for Germany’s humiliating defeat in WWI; he proceeded to record the alarming scale of post-war antisemitic propag...