The Good Spy

CIA operative Robert Ames was a true-life James Bond who died striving for peace in the Middle East. With cameos from Nixon, Kissinger, and Arafat, and nailbiter scenes from the Iranian hostage crisis and Beirut embassy bombing, Kai Bird's riveting biography is equal parts thriller and touching elegy.

July 22: On this day in 1941, on his twelfth wedding anniversary, Eugene O'Neill presented the just-finished manuscript of Long Day's Journey into Night to his wife, Carlotta.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.