Magazine August 1, 2016, Issue

Dark Days on the Continent

A Hero of France, by Alan Furst (Random House, 256 pp., $27)

There is a certain sort of reader who craves a good thriller but is more concerned with atmosphere and character than with plot. Not for him are the fat, garish paperbacks about gun-toting heroes racing against time to avert an assassination, a nuclear detonation, or some other catastrophe, in clunky prose laden with clichés. Better if the story is set in another time and place, offering a welcome escape from wearisome, too-familiar headlines. Better still if it’s slim and gracefully written, offering a few hours of guilt-free pleasure while imparting historical insights along the way.

Therefore it is a pleasure to

Michael F. Bishop — Mr. Bishop is a consultant at the National Endowment for the Humanities, a board member of the Abraham Lincoln Institute, and the former executive director of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and of the International Churchill Society.

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Free Speech at Yale Regarding the article “‘This Is Not a Debate’: Yale’s Fight for Free Speech,” (July 11), let me be perfectly clear: Yale University is committed to the free ...
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The Week

‐ If the FBI had been serious about finding Hillary’s missing e-mails, it would have subpoenaed Putin. ‐ FBI director James Comey’s recommendations concerning Hillary Clinton’s illegal servers (there was more ...
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Poetry

MAKE BELIEVE When she was playing in the yard she talked to someone she imagined by her side: a soldier or a prince, perhaps, who walked along with her when she was playing bride. I ...

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