For more than 50 years British historian John Julius Norwich has been generating scores of thoroughly researched, engagingly written books that are damned with the faint praise of being “popular” histories. This is unjust as it is wrong.
Jeanette Winterson’s scintillating, clever “The Gap of Time” ($15, 273 pages) is the first of the novels commissioned by the Hogarth Press in honor of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, each of which takes one of the Bard’s plays and rewrites it as a novel.
It’s hard to imagine a gutsier move by a novelist than to take up where Mark Twain left off. “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” is about as seminal a work of fiction as we have in our literary history.
For decades George Melloan has been the insightful pater families of The Wall Street Journal’s editorial pages. Recently he retired as deputy editor and columnist, although he continues still to contribute commentary to the paper. Yet, he also has taken time to research, report and create this charming and penetrating memoir of his life during the Great Depression and its parallels to Washington’s continuing irresistible impulse to shape America to the liking of our political elites, left or right.
Everyone loves a good spy story. But it can be hard to tell if the story is fact or fiction; this is especially the case with spy memoirs. Jack Barsky’s page-turning memoir, “Deep Undercover,” has a ring of authenticity to it. Most of the book is written using recreated dialogue, but is it true?
For those of us who came of age in the 1950s and 1960s, popular TV programs were our introduction to Dodge City and Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson, two of the Wild West town’s legendary lawmen,
As a person, Queen Anne (1765-1714) is generally accounted the least impressive of the all the female monarchs who have ruled England. Which is not to say that her reign did not see great victories and many consequential events: it’s just that she was more a presider over them rather than being as much of an activist as her predecessors or Queen Victoria.