The Twilight of the Bombs

We may no longer worry about massive exchanges of nuclear weapons between superpowers, but Pulitzer-winning historian Richard Rhodes (The Making of the Atomic Bomb) knows that so long as a single atomic bomb exists in the world, potential disaster lurks. In his fourth volume on our nuclear history, he charts post-Cold War challenges and prospects.

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…