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Catastrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War, by Max Hastings. (Vintage) This is an excellent chronicle of World War I’s first months, from the initial diplomatic crisis to the fighting in Belgium and France on the Western Front, and Serbia and Galicia to the east. Hastings, the author of “Inferno: The World at War, 1939-1945,” finds the argument that Germany bore principal blame “overwhelmingly strong.”

The story of John Bassett III reveals much about the decline of North Carolina and Virginia as the nation’s furniture capital.

Alison Gaylin’s third novel about investigator Brenna Spector is a spellbinder.

The ages of 4 to 9 are a crucial time for young readers; these books take advantage of that.

Bob Stanley’s ‘Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!: The Story of Pop Music From Bill Haley to Beyonce’ and Germaine Greer’s ‘White Beech: The Rainforest Years’

Brad Thor

The Americans have arrived in force for Britain's Booker literary prize.

The best short stories ask you to lend a hand in figuring things out. Unless, of course, the writer tacks on a neon message: Now, see here, life is a struggle. The writers here are too smart for that.

Did the reclusive Harper Lee cooperate with Marja Mills’ memoir or is it a work of fiction? Readers may never know.

Apple will refund up to $400 million to consumers ensnared in a plot to raise the prices of digital books unless the company gets a court to overturn a decision affirming its pivotal role in the collusion.

H.L. MenckenI asked prize-winning syndicated columnist Hal Crowther of Hillsboro what exactly he ...

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