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The next best thing to Ian Fleming

I’m not fond of continuation novels, as some writers, like Raymond Chandler, Ian Fleming and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, have a unique style that truly can’t be imitated.

When a famed director tried novel writing

Twenty-one years after the death of director Frank Capra in 1991, his son, Tom, opened a box of his father’s possessions. Inside were two very different manuscripts, both written in 1966 with edits made in 1968. Rejected by Hollywood, unable to find a studio for his films, it seems Mr. Capra was still telling stories on his typewriter up in the High Sierras. And boy, did he have some stories to tell.

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'God has given us borders'

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A forged letter and Russian meddling

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'The most beautiful girl in America'

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James Bond and his accessories

While this highly readable book will not tell you how to make exploding pens, shoes with hidden knives or shoot death rays out the back of the family Buick, it does tell you how and where Ian Fleming, the author of the 12 James Bond novels, came up with these "fiendishly clever" devices. In other words, this book resembles the old bait and switch: The title overpromises, but the subtitle is more accurate.

An explication of Trump's defining philosophy

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The rebooting of Max Boot

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'Everybody counts or nobody counts'

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