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Should a big history of our times aim for the global picture, or the telling details?; Twentieth Century by J M Roberts Allen Lane, pounds 25, 906pp; Challenge to Civilisation: 1952-1999 by Martin Gilbert HarperCollins, pounds 29, 1072pp; This Sceptred Isle: twentieth century by Christopher Lee BBC, pounds 19.99, 497pp

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Only In New York: Justice, Hollywood-style

CELEBRITIES these days are thrusting themselves into legal cases where they believe they see injustice. Busloads of them, including Woody Harrelson and Gloria Steinem, have joined the campaign to free Mumia Abu- Jamal, probably America's most famous Death Row inmate, whose execution date for killing a Philadelphia policeman is less than two weeks away. This week, meanwhile, should see the release from an upstate New York prison of Precious Bedell, sentenced to life in 1980 for crushing the skull of her two-year-old daughter in a restaurant toilet. If, as expected, Bedell's sentence is reduced and she walks free, she will have Glenn Close to thank. Close has been lobbying for her release for eight years. Not everyone is cheering, though. "Glenn Close should hang her head in shame", blared the New York Post yesterday.

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Off to Claridges, the smart London hotel, to meet Pierce Brosnan, the current James Bond. My heart is going "Dun-de-dun-dun-de-dundundun... daa-naa, daa-naa" in that powerfully rhythmic, 007 way. Up in the lift, which is marvellously old-style posh. All gilt and dark red velvet, with a little old man working a clanking lever. I don't think he is Q.

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JAMES BOND'S world-saving jaunts have taken him to a host of exotic locations. Next Friday (26 November), the latest Bond extravaganza, `The World Is Not Enough', is released in the UK. Until then, step into the gleaming shoes of Connery, Moore and Brosnan, and set off on a trail of 007 destinations.

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NOT MANY movies are acclaimed for being unoriginal. James Bond films are. "Look," squeal the fans, "this one is really hackneyed! It's got car chases, Martinis, catch phrases, ski jumps, baddies who can't shoot straight - there's nothing new here at all! Pierce Brosnan is almost but not quite as good as Sean Connery! The theme song is almost but not quite as good as the ones John Barry wrote! It's all familiar! Isn't that fantastic?"
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