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Tom Carson is the author of Gilligan's Wake and Daisy Buchanan's Daughter.

The Main Task: Herman Wouk’s Century

FICTION

The Main Task: Herman Wouk’s Century

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Tom Carson on how the 100-year-old author of "The Winds of War" made a permanent mark on American memory.
Picture

FILM

Picture

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In her account of John Huston's attempt to turn Stephen Crane's Civil War classic into a monument of cinema, Lillian Ross found villains at the studio -- but did she miss the big, um, picture?
The Wild Bunch: Sam Peckinpah, A Revolution in Hollywood, And The Making of A Legendary Film

Reviews & Essays

The Wild Bunch: Sam Peckinpah, A Revolution in Hollywood, And The Making of A Legendary Film

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A new book revisits the making of Sam Peckinpah's blood-soaked masterpiece.
The Real Lolita

BEYOND CATEGORY

The Real Lolita

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In her new book, Sarah Weinman unearths the forgotten kidnapping case behind Vladimir Nabokov's literary sensation.
A Spy Called Orphan: The Enigma of Donald Maclean

HISTORY

A Spy Called Orphan: The Enigma of Donald Maclean

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The "Cambridge Five" turned the British intelligence services inside out during the Cold War. The career of one of them plays as a tragedy.
Wallis in Love

LIVES

Wallis in Love

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Andrew Morton's new life of the "woman who redefined monarchy" wrestles with the myths and rumors that surrounded her.
1917: Lenin, Wilson, and the Birth of the New World Disorder

HISTORY

1917: Lenin, Wilson, and the Birth of the New World Disorder

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Arthur Herman finds the seeds of our anxious global order in the struggle between an American president and a Russian revolutionary.
Lou Reed: A Life

LIVES

Lou Reed: A Life

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A new biography of the musician and cultural icon attempts to give us the man beyond the myth of "Heroin" and "Walk on the Wild Side." Review by Tom Carson.
The Impossible Presidency: The Rise and Fall of America’s Highest Office

POLITICS

The Impossible Presidency: The Rise and Fall of America’s Highest Office

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Did the Oval Office become so power-hungry that it has become an institution impossible to manage? A political historian makes the case.
The Dunkirk Spirit

HISTORY

The Dunkirk Spirit

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In the wake of Christopher Nolan's film version of the iconic rescue of British forces comes Michael Korda's account. Review by Tom Carson
City of Light, City of Poison: Murder, Magic, and the First Police Chief of Paris

HISTORY

City of Light, City of Poison: Murder, Magic, and the First Police Chief of Paris

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In the "Affair of the Poisons," a decade-long scandal of sex, murder and wild conspiracy ran through Louis XIV's like a fever. Review by Tom Carson.
High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic

cultural history

High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic

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One of the most iconic American films may be most significant, writes Glenn Frankel, for the story of the politics behind its creation. Review by Tom Carson.