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Spectator archive: JFK’s assassination was political nihilism in its purest form

22 November 2013 16:07

The assassination of President Kennedy came just as the Christmas 1963 edition of the Spectator was going to press – we…

The Spectator on the assassination of JFK and how to remember the president

22 November 2013 8:30

6 December 1963 …That we here highly resolve that the dead shall not have died in vain… Lincoln, a hundred…

‘A Radical Imagination’ – Doris Lessing in the Spectator

18 November 2013 13:34

Doris Lessing’s obituaries, as much as her writings, bear witness  to the great turbulences of the twentieth century. How many…

The National Theatre – 50 years (and more) in The Spectator

2 November 2013 16:26

Today the National Theatre hosts a gala performance, screened on BBC2 at 9pm, to celebrate fifty years since its launch…

From our archive: Toby Young interviews Sir David Frost

1 September 2013 15:30

Sir David Frost, one of Britain’s greatest broadcasters, has passed away today at the age of 74. From our archive, here…

Gibraltar – 200 years of history in the Spectator

6 August 2013 10:13

The most dramatic part of Lothar-Günther Buchheim’s unmatched submarine novel, Das Boot, takes place beneath the Straits of Gibraltar, when Buchheim’s…

Christopher Hitchens and The Spectator: writing full of curiosity, indignation and analytical rigour

30 June 2013 16:16

After Christopher Hitchens died in December 2011, Douglas Murray wrote in the Spectator that he’d had ‘a talent for making…

Wine and The Spectator: how little has changed since 1860

22 June 2013 10:15

What are the big themes in wine today? High rates of duty loom large, as does their impact on prices.…

18 August 1979: Second class justice for immigrants

17 June 2013 16:12

Since we launched The Spectator Archive, the most read piece has been the first ever published article by one Anthony…

15 February 2003: What Do They Want? Victory for Saddam

15 February 2013 16:05

Ten years ago today, Lloyd Evans joined the anti-Iraq war march in London. Evans had an open mind about the…

14th January 2006: What makes George Galloway strut and fret his stuff?

30 March 2012 18:02

In light of George Galloway returning to Parliament as the member for Bradford West, we’ve dug out Matthew Parris’s account…

25 February 2009: They wish we all could be Californian: the new Tory

2 March 2012 18:14

With the news that Steve Hilton is heading back to the West Coast, we’ve dug up this piece from 2009…

17/24 December 2005: Welcome to Doughty Street

26 December 2011 18:48

By way of a digestif after yesterday’s festivities, here’s an article that appeared in our Christmas issue of 2005 but…

7 May 2011: Christopher Hitchens’ last article for The Spectator

16 December 2011 18:00

A second excavation from our archives today, and another article by Christopher Hitchens. It is, we now know, the last…

12 January 1985: ‘Aren’t you scared?’

16 December 2011 16:51

A sad foray into the Spectator archives today, as we mark the death of Christopher Hitchens. He was, of course,…

9 March 2002: What though the spicy breezes blow soft o’er Buenos Aires, incompetence messes it up

24 June 2011 18:05

As the world braces itself for the inevitable Greek default, and investors look nervously at potentially exposed banks, perhaps it’s worth…