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The Nazis’ Most Formidable P.O.W. Camp

Ben Macintyre, author of a new book on epic escapes from the German stronghold Colditz, discusses everything from Truman Capote to dream dinner-party guests

Social Studies

Me, Myself & Ich

The State of Their Union

While the “bromance” between Barack Obama and Joe Biden has dominated headlines, the unseen tensions between the two have shaped politics

Staff Picks

Don’t miss Andy Borowitz’s account of America’s dumbest politicians; a hefty history of pop music; and the story of building Lincoln Center

The King’s Reach

The True Crime That Started It All

Murder, They Wrote

This month in mystery books, sequels improve on their predecessors—plus a locked-room puzzle from John Dickson Carr, as thrilling now as when it was first published, in 1944

Catcher in the Wry

Eight questions with Christopher Buckley, ranging in subject from his comic pandemic novel and George Bush 41 to what his parents would have made of Trump

When Menus Were the Main Event …

A delicious new book offers a visual history of menu design from 1800 to the present

Long Live the King

Ahead of his latest novel’s release, Stephen King divulges his writing routine and explains why social media is a “poison pill”

Some Strings Attached

The little-known story of a wartime British ambassador who appeased Adolf Hitler but saw the error of his ways

Re-writing the History Books

In an interview, Maggie O’Farrell discusses how she resurrects women in her historical fiction

Biography of a Wallflower

Crisis Control

Eight questions with Jonathan Darman, whose new book explores how polio prepared F.D.R. for the presidency—and saved his marriage

Life on the Orient Express

She is remembered as the incarnation of her most beloved character, the elderly, provincial Miss Marple. In reality, the adventurous, globe-trotting Agatha Christie was the opposite

From East Africa, with Love and Loss

Long Live the King

Ahead of his latest novel’s release, Stephen King divulges his writing routine and explains why social media is a “poison pill”

Gone to Waste

The Roaring 20s’ Jewel

Freudian Tip

A new book suggests Sigmund Freud would not have been the father of psychoanalysis history remembers him as were it not for his wife, Martha

Balancing Act

Shelf Life

Veteran book editors are getting pushed aside in the publishing industry’s mad dash for youth

Sin City