Peter Ling

The investigation of President Kennedy’s murder was marked by serious blunders. As a result, the truth behind the assassination is unlikely to be known, says Peter Ling.

The black activist Malcolm X was not a civil rights leader. Nor was he a victim of the mass media. He was its beneficiary, in life and death, argues Peter Ling.

Philip Jenkins
Oxford University Press
352pp   £14.99
ISBN 978 0195178661

At Canaan’s Edge: America in the King Years 1965-1968
By Taylor Branch
Simon & Schuster 1,039pp £25  ISBN 068485712X

The US Supreme Court looks likely to overturn the Federal law on abortion. Nicholas Hill and Peter Ling look at the political background to the legal argument.

Peter Ling argues that Thomas Jefferson’s ideas have had dramatic continent-wide effects on the landscape and ecology of the United States.

Peter Ling analyses Martin Luther King's involvement with non-violent protest in the USA. 

Peter Ling surveys two new titles on the history of race-relations.

Peter Ling describes how the refusal of four black students to accept a lunch-counter colour bar led to the collapse of segregation in the American south.

'If you have a mother-in-law with only one eye and she has it in the centre of her forehead, you don't keep her in the living room.' It was in...