Magazine August 14, 2017, Issue

Familiar Fictions

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Daniel Silva’s thrillers are not far from the headlines

In a terror strike that lasted a little more than a minute on March 22, Khalid Masood plowed a speeding car into dozens of pedestrians on London’s Westminster Bridge, killing four (a fifth fell into the River Thames and died later). After crashing his rented Hyundai Tucson, the Muslim convert leaped from the vehicle and fatally stabbed an unarmed policeman near Parliament Square before another officer shot him dead.

Almost exactly a week earlier, on the other side of the ocean, the American author Daniel Silva finished the first draft of House of Spies, his espionage thriller released on July 11.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

The Radical

Long after Henry David Thoreau’s death in 1862, Walt Whitman praised him for his “lawlessness — his dissent — his going his own absolute road let hell blaze all it chooses.”


The Week

The Week

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