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The Right Stuff Reimagining the life of Lucille Ball, a new book evokes the star’s groundbreaking influence and evergreen coolness

August 18, 2020

Heart of Stone The life of Confederate general Albert Pike, a member of the Freemasons, offers a new look at the secret brotherhood

Kurt Andersen Out with a new “recent history” of America, the writer suggests four books that helped influence his own work

War Games In 1946, John Hersey revealed the Hiroshima cover-up to the world. A new book tells how he got the scoop

Back to the Future Alvin and Heidi Toffler’s book Future Shock, published a half-century ago, got a lot right about our current times

In Search of Lost Pianos A journey to Siberia reveals the life of a 19th-century Russian princess who, in extreme isolation, found solace in music

On the Dodge Retracing the life of Butch Cassidy, the American West’s answer to Robin Hood

In Cold Blood: A Why-Dunnit A closer reading reveals a theory about Truman Capote’s attraction to the story—and the killers

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