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Finding a killer driven by ‘nuclear rage’

The investigating team of Alex Delaware and Milo Sturgis is coping with unsolved “cold cases” and an ice-cold killer in this crafty and cleverly plotted mystery.

Celebrating family love and national pride

For those of us who thrilled to the movie made of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s last Broadway collaboration, “The Sound of Music,” it is hard to believe that a half-century has passed since it claimed its unique place in American film.

The politics that surrounded the sinking of the Lusitania

A lawyer friend of mine routinely asks a question when preparing the defense of white-collar clients accused of high-dollar crimes: “What were you thinking?” The question comes to mind often when reading Erik Larson’s harrowing and intriguing resurrection of the infamous but misremembered sinking of the British liner Lusitania by a German submarine, the 1915 catastrophe that did not trigger America’s entry into World War I.

How Ronald Reagan countered a nuclear threat

Life and professional partners, the Andersons completed this, their last book together, not long before Martin passed away. It is a model of careful research and clear writing and a tribute to a man, Ronald Reagan, whose vision of a world without nuclear weapons and his determination to bring it about led to the end of the Cold War.

A tangled Middle East after World War I

For obvious reasons, most English-language books published on the Great War of 1914-1918 are Eurocentric, focused on the grinding trench warfare of the Western Front. Even the occasional glances eastward seldom got beyond the Gallipoli campaign, and even these accounts stressed the role of Australian and New Zealander troops, not the Middle Eastern armies.

Louis Zamperini gestures during a news conference Friday May 9, 2014 in Pasadena, Calif. Ninety-seven-year-old World War II hero and former Olympian, Zamperini has been named grand marshal of the 2015 Rose Parade.(AP Photo/Nick Ut)

‘Legacy of Faith’ bonus tells the rest of the story of the ‘unbroken’ Louis Zamperini

- The Washington Times

The first three acts of Louis Zamperini’s life were captured in “Unbroken,” the blockbuster film that covered Zamperini’s childhood, his track star years and the harrowing experiences of being lost at sea for nearly seven weeks and then sent to a Japanese prison camp. The next important chapters of his life are now available in “Legacy of Faith,” a special edition bonus disc included with Tuesday’s home release of “Unbroken” on Blu-ray and DVD.

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Abraham Lincoln: A man of his words

Most presidents are defined by what happened while they were in office and what others write about them afterward. Few paint enduring self-portraits in their own words. In the 20th century, only Franklin Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan embedded themselves in history largely through their living words and images — FDR via radio and film, Reagan using television as well

Revisiting their Waterloo

As Napoleon Bonaparte's troops assembled for battle outside the Belgian village of Waterloo in June 1815, the deposed French emperor spoke scornfully of the opposing British commander and his soldiers: "I tell you that [the Duke of] Wellington is a bad general and the English are bad troops. The whole affair will be no more serious than swallowing one's breakfast!"

Understanding the heir to the throne

Time magazine journalist Catherine Mayer is an experienced observer and chronicler of Britain's royal family. In the course of several cover stories on Queen Elizabeth II and her family, she has traveled with and — to the extent that any journalist can — interacted with them. But for this book, she had to walk a tightrope in order to gain sufficient access to the enigmatic and unpredictable heir to the throne, while still maintaining her objectivity and, consequently, her all-important credibility

When the factory jobs went to Mexico

As children, we rarely called it "Maytag." It was simply known as "The Factory." Back in the 1970s, my buddy Shawn would point a finger at the giant refrigerator plant on the edge of Galesburg, Ill., and say, "My dad works there." It was a point of pride in our small town. Those were good jobs.

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Revisiting the privations of the Soviet world

This is one of those books which affirm the occasional power of images over even the most thoughtful words. The 176 photographs taken between 1986 and 1990 in the Soviet Bloc of Eastern Europe by David Hlynsky, an American-born Canadian photographer, speak so loudly and clearly here that his explanatory introduction and two analytical essays by academics seem, despite their undoubted aptness, superfluous.

Dangerous tours in Botswana

The terror of a massacre on safari in Botswana is linked to the gruesome killing of a Boston taxidermist in "Die Again," a fast-paced thriller.

How bad housing policies led to the financial crisis

Peter Wallison's important, engaging and alarming "Hidden in Plain Sight" is the definitive work on the financial crisis and a must-read for policymakers, the commentariat and citizens wanting to pierce the populist anti-Wall-Street, anti-bank fog.

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How China pursues global domination

Reading "The Hundred-Year Marathon" was a bittersweet experience. Sweet because this one-time "panda hugger" (as Michael Pillsbury describes himself) has now joined ranks with those of us who have long seen China as bent upon global domination. Bitter because China's secret strategy to replace America as the sole superpower is well on the way to success.

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The women, widows and bastards passed over

Although the barony held by the 7th Lord Sackville, author of this unusual family history, written under his plain first and last name, dates only from the 19th century, his clan have held grander titles and positions since Tudor times and beyond.

Founding fixer

Washington author David Stewart has rapidly built a local fan base with his award-winning biographies of such diverse historical characters as Andrew Johnson and Aaron Burr.

When personal disaster strikes

The tale Jill Ciment tells in "Act of God" is not funny. It's about a fungus infestation that leaves several families homeless and impoverished, and at least one person dead. Nonetheless, this novel breezes along, fizzing with wit as it sails toward a comic ending that leaves the surviving characters rich with possibilities.