May 13, 2013 — In softcover nonfiction, Tom Reiss explores the inspiration for The Count of Monte Cristo, Ben MacIntyre depicts a World War II effort to fool the Nazis, and Justin Lee recounts his struggle for acceptance as a gay Christian. In fiction, Dennis Lehane imagines a Prohibition-era mobster.
Aug 10, 2012 — Double Cross remembers the spies who facilitated the D-Day invasion. It debuts at No. 3.
Jul 28, 2012 — In his new book Double Cross, Ben MacIntyre recounts the story of the huge deception staged by the Allies before D-Day to hide the invasion target from the Germans. MacIntyre speaks to NPR's Scott Simon about the plan and the eccentric characters who carried it out.
Jul 7, 2012 — Juan Pujol Garcia lived a lie that helped win World War II. Nicknamed for the enigmatic actress Greta Garbo, Garcia's own performance was so convincing he fooled Hitler himself.
Nov 16, 2011 — Comedian Steve Martin tackles the New York art world, while singer Dionne Warwick delivers her life story, music critic Alex Ross charts the evolution of his taste, Jennet Conant explores Julia and Paul Childs' secret World War II spy work, and Michael Korda recounts the life of Lawrence of Arabia.
Aug 30, 2011 — Young novelist Tom Rob Smith captures the oppressive atmosphere of the former Soviet Union even though he was just a child when the Communist nation broke apart.
Aug 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of The Secret Speech by Tom Rob Smith. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Aug 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
Apr 5, 2011 — The life of French chanteuse Edith Piaf; Tina Fey's hilarious book of zingers; the untold story of Julia and Paul Child in the OSS; and a quiet meditation on the desert wilderness from 10,000 feet above sea level.
Jun 12, 2010 — In April of 1943, the body of a British Royal Marine washed ashore in Spain, carrying top secret letters about Allied plans to invade Greece and Sardinia. Or so it seemed. In reality, the body was that of a homeless Welsh laborer, and the letters were fakes designed to direct German attention away from the real Allied invasion target: Sicily.