Murray Polner: What Pleshakov does exceedingly well is provide Americans with a clear-eyed, insightful alternative to our customary good guy/bad guy imagery, which lays all the blame on Putin.
Walter Moss: In the period depicted in The Kukotsky Enigma many people withdrew their “energy, emotions, and interests” from “activity controlled by the socialist state” to their own private realm.
Murray Polner: Arlington National Cemetery opened in 1864 on the estate Mary Anna Curtis, great-granddaughter of Martha Washington and wife of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.
Murray Polner: Devotees of his unique genre of novels, as I am, admire Le Carré for his exemplary spy stories that evoke the lies and myths of our ambiguous, confrontational and bewildering times.
Eric Gordon: As one of the four members of The Weavers, a leftie folk music ensemble in the early 1950s that topped the charts briefly until McCarthyism brought them down, Ronnie Gilbert earned a permanent place in American musical and political history.