Ugly Beauty

What a convoluted backstory lurks in a bottle of mascara or a tube of lipstick bearing the Rubinstein or L'Oreal trademarks! Fierce rivals till their eventual hostile merger, the two companies share pasts steeped in European history and culture, from Nazi collaboration to evolving gender politics. All is ably chronicled in this fascinating study by Ruth Brandon.

July 26: On this day in 1602 "A booke called the Revenge of Hamlett Prince Denmarke" was entered in the Stationers' Register by printer James Robertes.

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