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Undercover in the seedy world of ‘pill mills’

In veteran crime writer Michael Connelly’s previous novel, “The Late Show,” he introduced readers to a new character, Renee Ballard, an LAPD detective working the night shift.

Undermining Japanese morale in World War II

Black propaganda is one of the more ticklish weapons of the intelligence profession. Put simply, it means lying to an adversary to attack the morale not only of his battlefield fighters, but also his supporters back home — which means civilians.

The road to libertarianism

It’s become fashionable for conservatives to associate themselves with libertarianism. While these two groups share some similarities with respect to small government, low taxes and more personal liberties and freedoms, how accurate is it?

Breaking codes and ciphers during World War II

Of all the nonbattle technical accomplishments of World War II, perhaps the most important was the ability of the Allies to break coded messages of enemies and put the results to deadly use.

Isabel Archer’s life beyond ‘Portrait’

If you have not read Henry James’ “Portrait of a Lady,” you may have a hard time getting into John Banville’s “Mrs. Osmond.” It picks up the tale of Isabel Archer, now Mrs. Gilbert Osmond, pretty much where James had left her. She had defied her husband and gone to England to see her dying cousin Ralph.

Out of this world, but not as fine as its predecessor

You can count on an Andy Weir novel to be out of this world. He took us to the Red Planet in his phenomenally successful, mind-blowing debut novel, “The Martian.” Now, in his second one, “Artemis,” he sends us to the moon.

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Bringing drama to the widest possible audience

In 2009 Britain's National Theatre began making high-definition films of live productions for relay to cinemas. Artistic Director Nicholas Hytner was elated that audiences world-wide could watch "the same event at the same time as the audience in the theatre." His enthusiasm for bringing drama to the widest possible audience is one of the underpinnings of "Balancing Acts," his memoir of his years (2003 -2015) at the National.

'Moments of an essentially personal kind'

Though Oliver Sacks published many peer-reviewed papers on his research into neurology, he is much better known for his numerous general-audience books and articles -- many about neurology, others about the history of science, and still others on botany, chemistry, evolution and the great scientists who took soaring leaps to reach our current understanding of the nature of life.

The relationship with pets that saves lives

Dava Guerin and Keven Ferris, the authors of "Unbreakable Bonds: The Mighty Moms and Wounded Warriors of Walter Reed," have published another fine book about wounded veterans and their supporters.

Political and other hacks

What went wrong? Or, as Hillary Clinton put it in her book title (she forgot the question mark), "What Happened?" Donna Brazile's "Hacks" tries to answer that question. And in a way it does, though perhaps not in the way Ms. Brazile intended.

Harry Truman and the making of CIA

Although Harry S. Truman ranks high on my list of admired presidents, one of his earliest decisions was an outright blunder -- but fortunately, one that he quickly corrected.

A family's extravagant togetherness

In "Seven Days of Us" the Birch family spend Christmas holed up in their country house in Norfolk. It's Emma's childhood home and she loves it. Her husband Andrew is less enthusiastic. He's used to going there for Christmas because she insists, but not for seven days, and not without the relief of other company and visits to shops and pubs and friends.

Dancing, spying and surviving

The infinite beauty of the ballet and the infinite cruelty of the methods of Soviet communism are expertly explored in this unusual and memorable thriller.

Rediscovering the obvious by tripping over it

In his gushing review in The New York Times, left-wing journalist Ari Berman referred to the literary troika of E.J. Dionne, Norman J. Ornstein and Thomas Mann as "the wise men of Washington." For some of us who have observed them closely over the years, "Three Stooges" would have been more like it.

Following the terrorist money trail

Terrorist groups like ISIS raise hundreds of millions of dollars to finance their activities and attacks through illicit means. The Islamic Republic of Iran bankrolls its Palestinian Hamas and Lebanese Hezbollah proxies with large flows of cash. Hezbollah raises additional funds by engaging in criminal enterprises such as narco-trafficking across several continents.

A Chinese danger that must not be taken lightly

Intelligence analysts and media pundits alike are puzzling whether Xi Jinping, president of China, deserves the recent Economist cover calling him the world's most powerful man.