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Released on 25th August

On 25th July 1967, Detroit was two days into riots. Resentment of a police raid on a club had led to civil unrest, looting, arson and sniper fire. The army was on the streets alongside police to maintain order and protect businesses. That night at the Algiers Motel, three young black men were killed and nine other guests badly beaten up—how, why and by whom would be contested in a series of trials. Director Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty) knows how to put you in a spot and hold you there until it gets uncomfortable. This drama, closely based on first-person accounts of police brutality that night, does exactly that. Of note: two of the main roles are taken by outstanding young British actors: Will Poulter and Star Wars’s John Boyega (below).

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In Prospect’s August issue: Adam Tooze, Helen Thompson, Ben Chu, Julian Baggini, Tom Clark and Hepzibah Anderson reveal the secret history of the banking crisis and its impact over the last decade. Tooze examines the secret history itself, suggesting the work done to repair the world’s finances could mean another crisis is just around the corner. Chu asks why more people at the top of the banks that failed haven’t faced more serious repercussions, and Anderson shows how post-crash Britain has retreated into cosiness. Elsewhere in the issue Alison Wolf asks whether universities are doing any good, and David Goldblatt explores how the decision to take football off free-to-view television in Argentina could backfire for the government. Also in this issue: Kasia Boddy asks why writers are still addicted to watching boxing despite falling viewing figures, Andrew Dickson profiles Tom Stoppard, Stephen Bush explains how Jeremy Corbyn learned to compromise and David Omand outlines the cyber-security challenges facing the UK and the wider world.