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BOOK REVIEW: ‘Liar Temptress Soldier Spy’

The title tells all, almost. In “Liar Temptress Soldier Spy,” Karen Abbott stitches together a patchwork narrative as complex as a pieced quilt, combining the colorful, unrelated tales of four women who fought in the Civil War as surely as Lee and Grant, albeit in sub rosa roles.

BOOK REVIEW: ‘Close Call: A Liz Carlyle Novel’

Counterterrorism is the espionage theme of the day, and Stella Rimington draws on years of experience as chief of Britain’s MI5 in this tightly drawn thriller.

BOOK REVIEW: ‘One Million Steps: A Marine Platoon at War’

Perhaps the definitive account of Marine Corps infantry in combat is Eugene Sledge’s “With the Old Breed,” a report of his experiences in the final brutal island battles of World War II in the Pacific as a member of the Third Battalion, Fifth Marine Regiment (3/5).

BOOK REVIEW: ‘A Race for the Future’

When President Obama decided for purely political reasons to put off all action on immigration reform until after the November elections, Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez, Illinois Democrat, an activist on immigration policy and no friend of conservatives, pointed out that the president was “playing it safe,” fearful of losing the Senate.

BOOK REVIEW: ‘The Prime Minister’s Ironing Board and Other State Secrets’

We owe this delightful political potpourri to the famous — or infamous, depending on your perspective — “30-year-old” British rule, which for much of the past century kept locked up even the most innocuous government documents for three full decades.

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BOOK REVIEW: ‘Timeless: Love, Morgenthau and Me’

Although Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Lucinda Franks was born long before the term “too much information” became a cliche, this autobiographical hurtle through her life and marriage shows her to be a veritable personification of the phenomenon.

BOOK REVIEW: ‘Vertigo 42’

There is Aghast the goat, Aggrieved the horse and Aggro the dog, all property of Melrose Plant, the former Lord Ardry, who is a member of an exclusive London club called Borings and also a friend of Inspector Richard Jury of Scotland Yard — and, of course, there are murders.

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BOOK REVIEW: 'Hot Dogs and Cocktails'

If it is not quite commonplace for British monarchs to visit the United States these days, it is hard for anyone who hasn't been collecting Social Security for some time to grasp just how big a deal it was when King George VI and his Queen Consort visited the United States in 1939.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Crazy Town: the Rob Ford Story'

As a Canadian contributor to The Washington Times, I've occasionally included analyses of my country's history and politics. It provides American readers with a small window into the Great White North.

BOOK REVIEW: 'America's Mistress'

If Eartha Kitt is remembered at all today, it is either because of her appearances as Catwoman on the ultra-campy 1960s "Batman" TV series, or (by political junkies) because she made Lady Bird Johnson teary after a luncheon at the White House by delivering a rambling, alcohol-fueled rant against President Lyndon Johnson's Vietnam policies.

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Temporary Gentleman'

Jack McNulty, an Irishman commissioned in the British Army during World War II and thus "a temporary gentleman," was standing on the deck of the ship en route to British Africa to counter the forces of Vichy France.

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Ex-aide to John Dean trashes Watergate figure's book

According to John Dean's new book, "The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It," President Nixon knew a lot more about Watergate a lot sooner than he ever admitted. However, the question one should ask before plowing through Mr. Dean's 746-page "definitive" history is, "What difference, at this point, does it make?"

BOOK REVIEW: 'Good Hunting: An American Spymaster's Story'

When an expert such as Jack Devine, a three-decades-plus veteran of the CIA's Clandestine Service, warns about myriad world troubles stretching into the foreseeable future, serious citizens should take heed — and those now running the agency, both in-house and as elected officials, should give "Good Hunting" a careful read in light of what can be done to protect the country.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Blood Brotherhoods'

If, like this reviewer, you enjoyed reading English author John Dickie's "Delizia!" an appropriately delicious and entertaining history of Italian cuisine, his massive new book, "Blood Brotherhoods," may come as something of a surprise.

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Care and Management of Lies'

She wrote letters that transported men living in the shadow of death in the French trenches to the fragrance of a kitchen in Kent.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Thunder at Twilight'

This is one of those books that are as interesting for the way they read in perspective as for their intrinsic merits. American novelist Frederic Morton is a native of Vienna and his nonfiction works about it are without peer for their insight into its unique qualities.

BOOK REVIEW: 'Russian Roulette'

In November 1917, soon after his Bolshevik faction seized control of Russia, Lenin called on the "oppressed masses" of Asia to follow Russia's example and throw off colonial rule.

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Zhivago Affair'

During the 1950s, the American and Soviet governments agreed on very little, but they shared a charming faith in the power of literature — novels especially — to influence the hearts and minds of readers.