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Great Sakharov’s Ghost
By seeking to destroy Alexei Navalny, Putin is repeating the mistakes his K.G.B. predecessors made with the dissident nuclear scientist
A Friend Among Spies
For 60 years, real-life spy turned author John le Carré wrote elegant best-sellers that used the world of espionage to expose the complexities of human nature
The Game Is Afoot
Netflix and the estate of Arthur Conan Doyle are butting heads over Sherlock Holmes’s true identity
The Making of a Madam
Growing up, Ghislaine Maxwell was envied, admired, and teased, but what made her conspire with Jeffrey Epstein for decades?
Have a Seat!
The naughty French love chair designed for Edward VII to facilitate a threesome
Britain’s new prime minister wrote a comic novel with racy language and racial slights