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Evil in the Humdrum, Career-Minded World

Book critic John Leonard says that Murial Sparks' new, slim novel is packed with plot. The result isn't clutter, but richness. A Far Cry from Kensington, about a woman in the publishing world of 1950s London, reminds Leonard of Doris Lessing, only with a sense of humor.

03:46

The First Glasnost Spy Novel

John Le Carre's new spy novel is set against the backdrop of the Soviet Union's recent reforms. Book critic John Leonard calls it a "great gray lump" -- The Russia House strains for greatness with big ideas about selfhood, but falls flat with its long sentences and pretensions of literary sophistication.

06:04

A Publishing Titan's 'Life' And 'Time'

The Publisher, Alan Brinkley's biography of Henry Luce, digs into Luce's professional successes -- among them, Time and Life magazines -- the sway his politics held over his journalism empire, and his eccentric personal habits.

06:00

A Gossipy, Nostalgic History Of A Publishing 'Hothouse'

The prestigious publishing company Farrar, Straus and Giroux helped define the intellectual life of post-World War II America. Boris Kachka's book explores the company's history, from its founding in 1946 to its sale to a German conglomerate in 1994 and beyond.

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