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The month in books

History dominates this selection, from the first attempts at international government to Brazil’s recent past
Oliver Kamm  

Neverending stories

Do fairy tales still have appeal? The world’s stubborn refusal to grant our wishes lies behind the sudden revival of old stories
Adam Kirsch  

Dirty, sexy money

What can Darwin tell you about your shopping habits? According to evolutionary psychologist Geoffrey Miller, the answer is pretty much everything
Nigel Warburton