The Dictator's Learning Curve

With despots toppled in Egypt and Libya and pro-democracy demonstrations convulsing Syria and Russia, the conflict between repression and liberation has reached new heights. This powerful work of reporting illuminates the challenges faced by advocates of free societies everywhere.

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…