This is history from a distance. Harris’s characters feel more real when they’re working out the equations that will make a missile fly or fall than when they’re fleeing a double agent or a misfiring rocket.
World War II
The Painted Bird is a coming-of-age story populated by the worst of humankind.
Hold These Truths is an invaluable reminder that alternative facts are not a new thing.
The King’s Choice is a thoughtful nail-biter, a suspenseful historical drama.
The Wermacht cut its swathe through France at a rate that amazed Winston Churchill in no small part because it was on speed.
Dunkirk is a rousing testament to how common people, when called, can unite against adversity.
Alan Furst’s books are spy thrillers infused with a crisp, rather than a flowery, literary sensibility.
Despite the dazzling rewards of this virtuoso Underground Railway Theater production, Copenhagen short circuits its central theme.
Dramatist Laurence Carr has a gift for vivid characterization and for creating a concrete sense of time and place.
Nobel laureate Patrick Modiano understands that time periods can mesh, interpenetrate, layer up, blend, and blur naturally in the mind.