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'Vietnam' by Max Hastings is masterful account of the war

"Vietnam: An Epic Tragedy, 1945-1975" (Harper), by Max Hastings British journalist Max Hastings, noted for his critically acclaimed books about World War II, has fast-forwarded his r...

An inside look at the writing, production of 'The Simpsons'

"Springfield Confidential: Jokes, Secrets, and Outright Lies from a Lifetime Writing for The Simpsons" (Dey Street Books), by Mike Reiss with Mathew Klickstein When television's long...

Oral history of 'The Wire' provides fans with insights

"All the Pieces Matter: The Inside Story of The Wire" (Crown Archetype), by Jonathan Abrams The now-celebrated television series "The Wire" attracted few viewers and was virtually sn...

Review: 'Alone' is perfect complement to filmdom's 'Dunkirk'

"Alone" (Liveright Publishing Co.), by Michael Korda Interest in the 1940 cross-channel evacuation of British soldiers amid the French collapse in World War II has sprung to life thi...

Oil wealth, greed, prejudice fueled murders of Osage Indians

"Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI" (Doubleday), by David Grann The FBI burnished its reputation by gunning down Depression-era gangster John Dil...

Kidnapping of judge's children propels fast-paced thriller

"Say Nothing" (Dutton), by Brad Parks Former newsman Brad Parks has enjoyed a successful run with a series of entertaining, well-crafted crime novels whose protagonist is a sharp-wit...