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Scowcroft, national security adviser to 2 presidents, dies

WASHINGTON (AP) — A lifetime before he served two presidents as national security adviser, Brent Scowcroft was just 12 when he decided to become a West Point cadet after reading about cadet life. Afte...

Ford, Bush presidential adviser Brent Scowcroft dies at 95

WASHINGTON (AP) — Brent Scowcroft, who played a prominent role in American foreign policy as national security adviser to Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush and was a Republican voice against...

A dozen Confederates are honored with US Capitol statues

WASHINGTON (AP) — At least 12 figures in the U.S. Capitol’s National Statuary Hall Collection honor men who gave their allegiance to the Confederate States of America during the Civil War. In the eyes...

Review: Carrie Fisher bio as sharp, endearing as its subject

“Carrie Fisher: A Life on the Edge” (Sarah Crichton Books; Farrar, Straus and Giroux), by Sheila Weller “Star Wars” fans may feel a lump in their throats when Carrie Fisher appears i...

Review: 'Life Isn't Everything' toasts director Mike Nichols

"Life isn't everything: Mike Nichols, as remembered by 103 of his closest friends," Henry Holt and Co., by Ash Carter and Sam Kashner The subtitle of "Life isn't everything," a capti...

Review: Fine biography focuses on Brando's internal struggle

"The Contender: The Story of Marlon Brando," Harper, by William J. Mann Marlon Brando made no apologies for being an iconoclast and living and loving as he chose, even scorning the a...

Review: Lively 'Queen Meryl' crowns Streep as acting's best

"Queen Meryl: The Iconic Roles, Heroic Deeds, and Legendary Life of Meryl Streep," Hachette, by Erin Carlson The sort of book that would make its subject blush and her fans gush, "Qu...

Review: 'Letters from Hollywood' is a movie nerd's dream

"Letters from Hollywood: Inside the Private World of Classic American Moviemaking," published by Abrams, compiled and edited by Rocky Lang and Barbara Hall Paul Newman passes on an o...

Review: 'Elvis in Vegas' is a gem of pop culture history

"Elvis in Vegas: How the King Reinvented the Las Vegas Show" (Simon & Schuster), by Richard Zoglin For the King of Rock 'n' Roll, the 1960s was a slow-moving abdication. ...

Review: 'Last Witnesses' offers children's memories of WWII

"Last Witnesses: An Oral History of the Children of World War II," by Svetlana Alexievich (Random House) Does anyone suffer more in wartime than a child? All they know is at risk — p...

Review: Book 'Wild and Crazy Guys' stars '80s film funnymen

"Wild and Crazy Guys: How the Comedy Mavericks of the '80s Changed Hollywood Forever" (Crown Archetype), by Nick de Semlyen Our favorite funnymen of the 1980s reached glorious height...

Review: Book offers spirited claim 1999 was film's best ever

"Best. Movie. Year. Ever.: How 1999 Blew Up the Big Screen," by Brian Raftery (Simon & Schuster) Everybody's entitled to their opinion, especially when it comes to the movies. So...

Review: Book casts welcome light on actress Vivien Leigh

"Dark Star: A Biography of Vivien Leigh" (I.B. Tauris), by Alan Strachan Playing two of the greatest female roles ever offered in film — Scarlett O'Hara in "Gone with the Wind" and B...

Review: Author writes part biography, part Hollywood history

"Fay Wray and Robert Riskin: A Hollywood Memoir" (Pantheon), by Victoria Riskin If there was an Academy Award for movie books, Victoria Riskin would be making room beside the Oscar h...

Greatest Western film? 'Wild Bunch' book argues its case

"The Wild Bunch: Sam Peckinpah, a Revolution in Hollywood, and the Making of a Legendary Film" (Bloomsbury), by W.K. Stratton. In 1969 the Western movie enjoyed its best year in a de...