Eisenhower: The White House Years

Was Eisenhower the Leave It to Beaver president of myth? Or did the ex-General and war hero possess surprising depths and prowess? Jim Newton stands firmly in the latter camp, focusing on Eisenhower's years in office and revealing the majestic catalogue of his official accomplishments, from overseeing the creation of a national highway system to shepherding the USA's atomic arsenal to beating down the rancid politics of McCarthyism. 

April 19: "What you see first, after the starting gun's crack, is a column of bobbing runners, thousands of them, surging downhill..."

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…