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Union General William Tecumseh Sherman, the subject of history professor Brian Holden Reid’s new book The Scourge of War, has been a controversial figure pretty much since he graduated from West Point in 1840. In the popular imagination, he’s remembered for three things: his firebrand generalship, his statement that “war is hell,” and his infamous March to the Sea, which devastated large portions of Georgia and the Carolinas in the closing year of the war.

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I was a Marine Corps brat, and in 1962, my family was stationed at Parris Island, South Carolina, where we got to know the Conroy family. Years later, Pat Conroy would write “The Great Santini” in a tiny office at my father’s law firm in Atlanta. He invited us to book signings and movie prem…

Since Edward Snowden became a household name in 2013 for revealing massive surveillance programs being run routinely by the NSA, he’s been a flashpoint of disagreement. In June of that year, Snowden shared with journalists Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, Barton Gellman, and Ewen MacAskill th…

28 Summers is novelist Elin Hilderbrand’s 26th book, and since her debut in 2008, she’s garnered a large and devoted fan following. By now those fans know exactly what to expect from a new Elin Hilderbrand novel: a light, summery narrative tone —the books often appear in time to be stuffed i…

The title of renowned Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer’s new book is not The Presidents and the Press. There’s an antagonism in the title’s “vs” that has been reflected in reality since both the free press and the presidency were enshrined in the United States Constitution.

Way back when yours truly was a young southern man, I moved to the Pacific Northwest to live and work. Let me make a disclosure here: My father taught me to take nothing for granted and to make sure I understand what I am doing and why I am doing it. After several months on my new job, the b…

At least a decade before the Civil War, serious scholars wondered and wrote about the American South. I doubt that anyone has cataloged every one of those efforts. In addition to the scholarly works, novelists, short story writers, poets and pundits of all sorts have written about or harangu…

Writers who create books set in countries or cultures that are not their own intrigue me, especially when their characters are as fascinating as they are accurately drawn. Usually, this ability springs from the experience of living in a foreign place, but it also requires intense research.

Serial killers are popular icons today in novels and true-crime books, movies and TV shows. We can’t seem to get enough of them and the lurid details of their crimes. But the constant barrage has made us believe that they’re out there, in numbers. Just waiting to get us.

Sarah Scoles, a science journalist and contributing editor at “Popular Science,” follows up her terrific 2017 book “Making Contact” with “They Are Already Here: UFO Culture and Why We See Saucers.” Making Contact was about the pioneering scientist Jill Tarter, who was crucial to SETI, the Se…

James Patterson donated $500,000 to help struggling booksellers across America. He and Reese Witherspoon ask book lovers to help.