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Bribing the Navy Is Easier (and More Entertaining) Than You Might Think

Craig Whitlock’s masterful account of one of the biggest public corruption scandals in American history–exposing how a charismatic Malaysian defense contractor bribed scores of high-ranking military officers, defrauded the US Navy of tens of millions of dollars, and jeopardized our nation’s security. Read more

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‘Another Day’s Pain’ by K. C. Constantine

Decades of unresolved trauma power the deeply moving, posthumously published final Rocksburg procedural (after 2002’s Saving Room for Dessert) from Constantine (1934–2023) … Constantine ends the long-running series on a high note, striking an elegiac tone that never tilts into triteness. Here’s hoping this graceful final act will spark new interest in an unsung master of crime fiction. Read more

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‘City in Ruins’ by Don Winslow

Winslow concludes his Danny Ryan trilogy—and his career as a novelist—with an addictive finale that charts the Rhode Island mobster turned Las Vegas casino mogul’s turbulent business dealings and deadly feuds … Bolstered by careful plotting and meticulous attention to character, Winslow’s ambitious narrative culminates with an exhilarating climax that beautifully wraps up the series’ many plot threads. It’s a fitting swan song from a giant of crime fiction. Read more

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Space Oddities: The Mysterious Anomalies Challenging Our Understanding of the Universe

This superb study by University of Cambridge particle physicist Cliff (How to Make an Apple Pie from Scratch) examines contemporary physics’ most intriguing mysteries through profiles of the scientists trying to solve them … Cliff’s lucid explanations do a remarkable job of making the complicated physics accessible and even exciting, and the focus on the scientists’ stories ensconces the heady ideas in approachable, human narratives. This is a first-rate dispatch from the cutting edge of physics. Read more

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The Forgotten History of Hitler’s Establishment Enablers

Ryback details, week by week, day by day, and sometimes hour by hour, how a country with a functional, if flawed, democratic machinery handed absolute power over to someone who could never claim a majority in an actual election and whom the entire conservative political class regarded as a chaotic clown with a violent following. Read more

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‘James’ by Percival Everett

Percival Everett’s new novel amends Mark Twain’s classic tale [Huckleberry Finn] with the enslaved sidekick, Jim, at its center … What sets “James” above Everett’s previous novels, as casually and caustically funny as many are, is that here the humanity is turned up — way up. This is Everett’s most thrilling novel, but also his most soulful. Beneath the wordplay, and below the packed dirt floor of Everett’s moral sensibility, James is an intensely imagined human being. Read more

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The Trump Indictments

Besides letting you pore over the indictment documents in printed form, the book offers some context from Murray and Weissmann. The professors include background on the cases, as well as comparisons to other cases abroad where criminal charges were brought against a former leader. Throughout the documents, the authors provide annotations and notes to help readers better understand. Plus, they even created a timeline and “cast of characters” section for easy referencing. Read more

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