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Collecting Intelligence The author and friend of John le Carré’s, whose radio tribute to the espionage writer is out now, traces the arc of le Carré through his most memorable books

April 7, 2021

Splendor in the Grass The story of how Central Park and its beating heart, the bucolic Sheep Meadow, came to be

April 7, 2021

Revisionist History Churchill gets a bad rap for the 1943 Tehran conference, where Roosevelt and Stalin won out. Looking back, the Old Lion might have been right all along

April 7, 2021

Notes from Underground Harriet Tubman left behind no written history of her life, but her stories—of the Underground Railroad and the allies she made along the way—live on

April 7, 2021

Bon Voyage! A new book collects the best of airport style, from an impossibly bouncy-haired Dolly Parton to Brigitte Bardot and Jane Birkin

Playing with Fyre The bizarre, ongoing story of Billy McFarland, the mastermind behind the music-festival fiasco who started a podcast behind bars

Short List Books to read this week, from a history of crime and punishment in ancient Rome to a novel of clashing cultures and an account of post–W.W. II recovery

April 14, 2021

The First Lady of the Skies Between her record as the first woman to cross the Atlantic by air and her disappearance a decade later, Amelia Earhart was the Eleanor Roosevelt of flying, championing women’s careers in aviation

April 14, 2021

Heartbreak Hotel Photographs from a new book pay homage to the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc, the dazzling seafront retreat that has played host to Ernest Hemingway, Jane Birkin, and Mick Jagger, on its 150th anniversary

Nancy Reagan’s Cross to Bear The First Lady dedicated herself to achieving a picture-perfect life. A look at her traumatic—and covered-up—childhood helps explain why

Malcolm of All Trades Malcolm Gladwell discusses his new book, Mao Zedong, and why the statues of history’s bad guys should stay up

April 21, 2021

You Heard It Here First The voice recordings of Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton offer a window into two of 20th-century literature’s fieriest spirits

Heroes and Villains What happens when you discover your heroine was a vile anti-Semite?

April 28, 2021

The Turing Enigma Nearly 70 years after being prosecuted for homosexuality, Alan Turing is joining the Queen on Britain’s £50 note. His nephew warns that the code breaker wouldn’t have wanted to be seen as a victim

April 28, 2021