Twelve Turning Points of the Second World War

Alternating between battlefield and factory, boardroom and Oval Office, historian P. M. H. Bell dissects a dozen essential programs, actions, attitudes, and campaigns that each served as a major pivot upon which the fate of nations turned during the twentieth century's largest exercise in global organized violence.

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…