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King, Tyrant, Beheaded Traitor: The Many Trials Of Charles I

In 1642, England became a country torn apart by civil war. Tens of thousands would die as King Charles I and his royalist supporters battled Parliament and its army.<p>Over the course of the conflict, Charles I came to be perceived as a traitor and was blamed for the bloodshed. After he and his …

After WWI, A Mother And Daughter Must Take In 'Paying Guests'

Sarah Waters' new novel, <i>The Paying Guests,</i> is a knockout, which isn't a word any of her characters would use.<p>The book opens in 1922: The Edwardian Age, with its high collars and long skirts, is dead; the Jazz Age is waiting to be born — at least, that's the case in the suburban backwater of London …

Writer Plumbs 'Nature Of Evil' In Hometown's Violent Civil Rights Past

Mississippi's past looms large in Greg Iles' best-selling thrillers. His latest book, <i>Natchez Burning,</i> is the first in a trilogy thattakes readers back 50 years to chilling civil rights-era murders and conspiracies all set in Iles' hometown — the antebellum river city of Natchez, Miss.<p>Iles' hero, …

Ten favorite books about D-Day

Books about D-Day could fill a small library. USA TODAY's Bob Minzesheimer recommends 10 of his favorites, listed in order of publication:<p><i>The Longest Day</i> by Cornelius Ryan (1959): Almost novelistic in style; historian Douglas Brinkley says despite some inaccuracies, it remains "riveting."<p><i>Six Armies</i> …

Justice Stevens: Six Little Ways To Change The Constitution

Just a few words can hold a world of meaning. John Paul Stevens, the retired Supreme Court justice, has written a short new book in which he proposes a few words here and there that would create some sweeping changes.<p>The book, <i>Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution</i>, details …

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of April 17, 2014 : NPR

A Smart Spin On Alternate History In 'The Revolutions'

In his previous novels, Felix Gilman presented fantastic, mind-expanding visions of other worlds. His fifth, <i>The Revolutions</i>, sticks a little closer to home — at least at first. For a change, he's set a book in the real world, albeit a skewed version of it. Gilman reimagines late-19th-century London …

During World War II, Even Filmmakers Reported For Duty

When America entered World War II, some of Hollywood's most celebrated directors enlisted and risked their lives. But they weren't fighting — they were filming combat.<p>Through the 1930s, Hollywood and the federal government held a mutual suspicion of each other. But after Pearl Harbor, the War …

During World War I, Germany Unleashed 'Terrorist Cell In America'

In the early years of World War I, as many as 1,000 American horses per day were shipped off to Europe to assist in the Allied war effort, even though the United States was officially neutral. Those horses became the target of germ warfare, infected with anthrax cultures on American soil; at the …

Thriller imagines a Britain under Hitler's thumb

It's 1952 Britain. Hitler, who's alive, has triumphed in Europe after a brief war in 1939-40. A defeated England is an ally of Germany, which is enmeshed in a never-ending blood-soaked conflict with the Soviet Union. Lord Beaverbrook, the newspaper magnate and appeaser, is Britain's prime minister, …

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of February 6, 2014 : NPR

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Historical Trauma Makes For Thrilling Fiction In 'Officer And A Spy'

For the historical novelist, the past sometimes seems like one great filing cabinet of material that may lend itself to successful novelization. And in the case of France's so-called "Belle Epoque," the gifted English writer Robert Harris seems to have opened the right drawer. His latest novel, <i>An</i> …

NPR Bestsellers: Hardcover Fiction, Week Of January 16, 2014 : NPR

Why the universe may be nothing more than math

If you're not already a physicist, you need to mentally prepare yourself for MIT professor Max Tegmark's explanation of how our entire universe isn't just described by math, but <i>is</i> math. <i>Scientific American</i> published an excerpt from Tegmark's new book, <i>Our Mathematical Universe</i>, which explains that …

Visible And Invisible: 'Servants' Looks At Life Downstairs

Many Americans were introduced to the world of early 20th century British servants through the PBS series <i>Downton Abbey</i>, which premieres its fourth season Sunday. The show is set in an era when domestic service was the largest single occupation in Great Britain.<p>"In 1900, it was calculated to …

Fact Behind The Fiction: 5 Great Historicals For Summer

<i>So was that real?</i><p>I hear variations on this theme all the time from readers. Titrating fact and fantasy can give a story a mysterious energy. Writers fetch up those details that sate the senses, allowing us to touch and taste, hear and feel how things were once upon a time. A woman steps out in …