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A familiar story of Lennon's post-Beatles years – with some fascinating new detail

Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens (NC)

If the tone of this documentary about the celebrated photographer is rather too reverential, that's because it was made by her younger sister Barbara.

The Secret Man by Bob Woodward

Who would Deep Throat cough to now?

Mr Bush will astonish with his ingratitude

When Richard Nixon was President, the late Peter Jenkins set out for Washington to be The Guardian's correspondent there. Shortly before leaving, he said to a small group of us:

Kissinger said Nixon aides were 'self-seeking heels'

Henry Kissinger told the British ambassador to Washington that President Richard Nixon was surrounded by a coterie of "self-seeking bastards", according to files released by the National Archive yesterday. Revealing the rancour at the heart of the Nixon White House during the height of the Vietnam war, the National Security Adviser explains to the British diplomat how he had once considered the president to represent "all that was most objectionable in political life''.

Ron Ziegler

Richard Nixon's loyal press secretary

Giant panda dies, at 28

Giant panda dies, at 28

Letter: Nixon the liberal

Sir: Richard Nixon was not only a liberal President ("Can Nixon be rehabilitated?" 23 August); Watergate apart, he was the most liberal America has ever had. It is a continuing mystery why the American left fails to recognise one of its own.

Leading Article: It takes more than fine words to defeat cancer

ANOTHER EXAMPLE of the limitations of government by public relations: yesterday the Prime Minister declared a "war on cancer". This is a soundbite with no teeth. It is an unfortunate echo, as our health editor points out on our news pages, of Richard Nixon's "war on cancer" of 1971, by which the technological might of the richest nation on Earth was to eliminate the disease. This betrayed a basic misconception of the nature of cancer and led to a stupendous misallocation of resources. Tony Blair avoided that mistake by ensuring that he did not allocate any new resources at all to his initiative. But that is to learn the wrong lesson from history.

Obituary: John Ehrlichman

A QUARTER of a century ago, Washington was swept up in an impeachment drama far more gripping than the sorry and sordid saga which has unfolded over the last 12 months. The President of course was Richard Nixon, who was forced to resign. The crime was not the concealment of a legal sexual affair, but high conspiracy, perversion of justice and the misuse of the highest offices and agencies of American government. And a central figure in proceedings was John D. Ehrlichman, Nixon's domestic affairs adviser, confidant and fellow plotter.

America's leaders have failed

Classic Podium

Clinton's defence starts in earnest

WITH AN impeachment vote in the House of Representatives expected in days, the White House yesterday mounted its most comprehensive effort to save President Clinton from the ignominy of a Senate trial.

Starr puts case for removing Clinton

BILL CLINTON followed Richard Nixon and Andrew Johnson into the history books yesterday when the judiciary committee of the House of Representatives opened formal impeachment hearings that could culminate in his removal from office. They could, but - unless there is a sharp change of public or Congressional mood - they will not.
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Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there