| Jun 7, 2012
| 6:56 AM
If you wanted to pitch a novel about World War II battle, the following story line might be considered too dramatic.
Six months after the Navy suffers its most catastrophic loss in history, it defies expectations and turns to fight.
A Navy captain...
| Jun 24, 2012
Harper: 820 pp., $34.99
Walter Cronkite was not inclined to introspection, and historian Douglas Brinkley emulates his subject in this thorough biography of the news broadcaster who in...
| Jul 4, 2012
The show: The world premiere of Mark St. Germain's "Dr. Ruth, All the Way" at Barrington Stage's St. Germain Theater, Pittsfield, Mass.
First impression: A big hand for the little ladies — actress Debra Jo Rupp portraying sex therapist and media...
| Jul 6, 2012
Michael J. Ybarra, a former Times reporter who had recently chronicled his extreme-sports adventures for the Wall Street Journal, was killed in a mountain-climbing fall over the weekend on the edge of Yosemite National Park. He was 45.
| Jul 29, 2012
Marilyn Monroe certainly achieved fame in the course of her 36-year lifetime, but in the five decades since her death, she's become such a celebrity-branding superstar, it often feels as if America's proto-platinum pinup never really left the building...
| Nov 5, 2012
| 7:23 PM
It was the first presidential election I remember: 1952, Eisenhower vs. Stevenson.
I was 7 and a student in Mrs. Collins' third-grade class at Corona del Mar Elementary School — a leafy, secreted campus that has long since been bulldozed....
| Nov 9, 2012
| 5:50 PM
Writing a presidential biography is a work of selection. When the president in question is as iconic as Abraham Lincoln, the task is arduous. Consider that the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield alone houses 1,600 original...
| Nov 11, 2012
Han Suyin defiantly straddled two worlds decades before multiculturalism became fashionable.
"We must carry ourselves with colossal assurance and say, 'Look at us, the Eurasians!' " the half-Chinese, half-Belgian physician and author whose career swept...
| Nov 14, 2012
| 5:48 PM
A full-time engineering professor at Morgan State University was indicted by a federal grand jury Wednesday in an alleged scheme to defraud the National Science Foundation of hundreds of thousands of dollars in grant funding.
Manoj Kumar Jha, 45, who...
| Nov 30, 2012
| 4:49 PM
Forty-three years of letters, photographs, campaign buttons, itineraries and the occasional miniature flag are crammed into 2,000 fat binders lining three walls — floor to ceiling — of a storage room in the University of Maryland School of...
| Nov 24, 2012
| 12:05 PM
In her fifth novel, "Eight Girls Taking Pictures," Whitney Otto explores the 20th century lives of eight radical women photographers. In these fictionalized stories, the women battle sexism and throw off the yoke of domestic oppression to reinvent...