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May 27, 2020

China Forgets the Coronavirus. A Writer Explores Its Amnesia.
A 2009 novel predicted the Chinese people would forget a traumatic crisis. The puzzle, says its author, is how it happened so fast.

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May 26, 2020

Anthony Bailey, Biographer With Restless Literary Spirit, Dies at 87
Mr. Bailey was a longtime New Yorker magazine writer who wrote about Rembrandt, J. M. W. Turner and other artists. He died from the novel coronavirus.

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May 26, 2020

Brit Bennett's New Novel Explores the Power and Performance of Race
In "The Vanishing Half," her follow-up to "The Mothers," Brit Bennett writes about twin sisters from Louisiana who set out in very different directions.

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May 26, 2020

Visit These Science-Fiction Worlds to Make Sense of Our Own
Racial strife, consent, wealth inequality: The issues swirling in these fantastical settings may seem familiar.

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May 26, 2020

David Frum Rethinks Conservatism
In "Trumpocalypse," a former prominent neoconservative reflects on what he got wrong, and where we should go from here.

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May 26, 2020

J.K. Rowling Begins Publishing ‘The Ickabog,' for Children in Lockdown
The Harry Potter author said her new fairy tale would go online in installments, starting Tuesday, and published as a book in November.

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May 26, 2020

In His New Book, a War Novelist Turns to More Intimate Battles
"Red Dress in Black and White," by Elliot Ackerman, features an American woman anxious to leave her Turkish husband as political unrest rages in Istanbul.

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May 26, 2020

From the Philippines to Harvard, Boyhood to Womanhood, a Coming-of-Age Across Borders
In "Fairest," Meredith Talusan looks back on her life lived at the intersection of genders, races, sexualities and cultures.

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May 26, 2020

New & Noteworthy Audiobooks, From Harry Potter to Kevin Hart
A selection of recent audiobooks of interest; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.

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May 26, 2020

J.M. Coetzee's Jesus Sees the World as Don Quixote Does
"The Death of Jesus," the final novel in a trilogy, is a modern fable that challenges our limited understanding of reality.

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May 26, 2020

Guns, Gunfights and the Legends of the Wild West
Jim Rasenberger's "Revolver" explores Sam Colt and the invention of the six-shooter, while Tom Clavin's "Tombstone" looks at the gunfight at the O.K. Corral.

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May 26, 2020

America Is Obsessed With Cuba. But What Do We Know About Its Citizens?
"The Cubans," by Anthony DePalma, paints a detailed, novelistic portrait of a handful of ordinary Cubans — their hopes, political beliefs and struggles to get by.

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May 25, 2020

In ‘Dirt,' Bill Buford Goes in Search of French Cuisine's Secrets
Buford recounts his intensely focused experiences in restaurant kitchens after moving his family to Lyon.

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May 25, 2020

For Kenny Chesney and Others, Promotion in a Pandemic is a Quandary
How do you ask for attention when the world is consumed by a life-or-death crisis?

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May 23, 2020

A Feud in Wolf-Kink Erotica Raises a Deep Legal Question
What do copyright and authorship mean in the crowdsourced realm known as the Omegaverse?

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May 23, 2020

Going Places: An Anonymous Gossip Cartoonist With Buzz
In Remy Lai's "Fly on the Wall," an overprotected boy who feels invisible at school creates an eavesdropping alter ego.

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May 23, 2020

A Comics-Obsessed Cinderella Down on the Farm
In Lucy Knisley's "Stepping Stones," a city girl faces her fears about farming, family life and evil stepsisters.

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May 22, 2020

Immigration Reform, Past and Present
Jia Lynn Yang talks about "One Mighty and Irresistible Tide," and Judith Newman discusses books that help simplify life.

New York Times Books
May 22, 2020

With Museums Closed, Coffee-Table Books Bring the Art to You
The catalogs meant to accompany the spring's biggest exhibitions are now the exhibitions themselves.

New York Times Books
May 22, 2020

11 of Our Best Weekend Reads
Summer reading. One teenager's fight against the new Covid syndrome. Running while black. Annie Glenn dies. Suze Orman. Spike Lee. Ronan Farrow. And more.

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May 22, 2020

Why a ‘Strange and Nerdy' Book About Eels Is Making Waves
Patrik Svensson mixed natural history with memoir for his debut, which has become a surprise best seller and award winner in his native Sweden.

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May 22, 2020

Looking at War Across 2,500 Years
Thomas E. Ricks considers books from ancient China down to the war in Afghanistan.

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May 22, 2020

The Origins of the Holocaust and Other Letters to the Editor
Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.

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May 22, 2020

New in Paperback: ‘Inland' and ‘Becoming Dr. Seuss'
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.

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May 21, 2020

Bill Clinton and James Patterson Are Writing a Second Book Together
"The President's Daughter," set to come out in June 2021, follows their best-selling novel "The President Is Missing."

New York Times Books
May 21, 2020

8 New Books We Recommend This Week
Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times.

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May 21, 2020

Why Yo-Yo Ma Would Invite Socrates to Dinner
"For once, I'd like to ask the questions."

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May 21, 2020

Five Art Books to Read This Summer
As the art world mulls whether a return to "normalcy" should be its goal, publishers mine the archives of artists who found their own counterpaths.

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May 21, 2020

Welcome to Kiera Cass's Kingdom, Where She Makes the Rules
It has been decreed: The author of the ‘Selection' series has another best seller.

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May 21, 2020

An Absurdist Noir Novel Shows Yukio Mishima's Lighter Side
In "Life for Sale," a young copywriter fails at suicide, offers his life up in the classifieds and has a series of misadventures.

New York Times Books
May 20, 2020

Summer Reading Suggestions, Handpicked for Your Taste
If you know what you've liked in the past, here are some books that might work for you now.

New York Times Books
May 20, 2020

This Is No Time To Read Alone
In lockdown and through our screens, we're reminded of all that's special and strange about group reading: a solitary, private act made public.

New York Times Books
May 20, 2020

Summer Reading Suggestions, Hand Picked for Your Taste
If you know what you've liked in the past, here are some books that might work for you now.

New York Times Books
May 20, 2020

Partying on Mute, With Your Head in a Book
In lockdown and through our screens, we're reminded of all that's special and strange about group reading: a solitary, private act made public.

New York Times Books
May 20, 2020

John Maynard Keynes Died in 1946. An Outstanding New Biography Shows Him Relevant Still.
In "The Price of Peace," Zachary D. Carter situates the development of Keynes's economic thought in relation to his social milieu.

New York Times Books
May 19, 2020

Leonard Levitt, Reporter Who Riled N.Y.P.D. Brass, Dies at 79
His newspaper column, books and blog sought to hold the police accountable, and his reporting reopened a murder case against a Kennedy cousin in Connecticut.

New York Times Books
May 19, 2020

Yu Lihua, 90, Dies; Writer Spoke to ‘Rootless' Chinese Émigrés
In her fiction she depicted "the struggle of Chinese immigrants in American society" — not the "Oriental exoticism" preferred by many publishers in the '60s.

New York Times Books
May 19, 2020

America's Immigration Paradox
Two new books, Jia Lynn Yang's "One Mighty and Irresistible Tide" and Adam Goodman's "The Deportation Machine," take very different approaches to the immigration question.

New York Times Books
May 19, 2020

In Search of Time Lost and Newly Found
Our critic Parul Sehgal examines how the notion of time — and how we describe it — has changed during the quarantine.

New York Times Books
May 19, 2020

Coronavirus Shutdowns Weigh on Book Sales
Total U.S. sales in March were down 8.4 percent to $667 million, a sign of how the early days of the pandemic hurt booksellers and publishers.

New York Times Books
May 19, 2020

A ‘Hunger Games' Prequel Focuses on an Unlikely Character
A teenage Coriolanus Snow stars in Suzanne Collins's "The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes," which is every bit as violent and jarring as the first three books.

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May 19, 2020

‘The Equivalents,' by Maggie Doherty: An Excerpt
An excerpt from "The Equivalents," by Maggie Doherty

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May 19, 2020

‘The Motion of the Body Through Space,' by Lionel Shriver: An Excerpt
An excerpt from "The Motion of the Body Through Space," by Lionel Shriver

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May 19, 2020

‘Drifts,' by Kate Zambreno: An Excerpt
An excerpt from "Drifts," by Kate Zambreno

New York Times Books
May 19, 2020

How-To Books for an Age of Insecurity
Interested in learning how to knit your own socks, make cheese or grow medicinal herbs during your home quarantine? You're not alone.

New York Times Books
May 19, 2020

For Homeless Girl Scouts, It's Not All Badges and Cookies
Nikita Stewart's article about Troop 6000 landed them on the front page. Her book should lead to a bigger conversation about their struggles.

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May 19, 2020

For This Lesbian Romance, World War II Is Just One Complication
Dola de Jong's 1954 novel "The Tree and the Vine" is a portrait of two women dogged by issues too personal to be defined by political catastrophe.

New York Times Books
May 19, 2020

Before the Feminist Revolution, This ‘Messy Experiment' Nurtured Female Talent
"The Equivalents," by Maggie Doherty, combines the story of a Radcliffe College institute to support creative women with that of the friendship forged by five early fellows.

New York Times Books
May 19, 2020

You May Not Like Lionel Shriver's Characters. That May Be the Point.
In "The Motion of the Body Through Space," a lifelong couch potato starts running, and trouble follows.

New York Times Books
May 19, 2020

Locked in a Creative Struggle, With Rilke as Her Guide
Kate Zambreno's novel "Drifts" is an inquiry into how the artist remains in a mist of dreamy attention and in the fire of productivity.

New York Times Books
May 19, 2020

New & Noteworthy, From a Rock Memoir to Chinese Surrealism
A selection of recent books of interest; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.

New York Times Books
May 19, 2020

In ‘Rodham,' Curtis Sittenfeld Reimagines Hillary's Life
In this novel, an alternative biography of sorts, Hillary strides into the history books without Clinton at the end of her name.

New York Times Books
May 19, 2020

‘The Chiffon Trenches,' by André Leon Talley: An Excerpt
An excerpt from "The Chiffon Trenches," by André Leon Talley

New York Times Books
May 18, 2020

Publishers Snap Up Corona Books, From Case Studies to Plague Poetry
Authors are racing to produce timely accounts of the outbreak, with works that range from reported narratives to spiritual guides.

New York Times Books
May 18, 2020

Publishers Snap Up Coronavirus Books, From Covid-19 Case Studies to Pandemic Poetry
Authors are racing to produce timely accounts of the outbreak, with works that range from reported narratives to spiritual guides.

New York Times Books
May 18, 2020

The Joy of Having Plans Cancel Themselves
No longer do I have to make creative excuses for the things I don't want to do. Science and nature have done that for me.

New York Times Books
May 16, 2020

Carnival Performer, Newly Separated; Attachment Issues
In Lisa Brown's first long-form graphic novel, "The Phantom Twin," a formerly conjoined twin touring in a sideshow feels the pang of cut ties.

New York Times Books
May 16, 2020

A Few Brave Kids Battle a Toxic World
In Kenneth Oppel's "Bloom," three meek teenagers seem poised to inherit the earth. But what kind of earth will it be?

New York Times Books
May 15, 2020

A Short Story Collection Based on Our News-Heavy Times
The Chronicles of Now tries to make sense of recent headlines with bite-size fiction.

New York Times Books
May 15, 2020

Stories from our Headlines
The Chronicles of Now tries to make sense of recent headlines with bite-size fiction.

New York Times Books
May 15, 2020

Looking at Albert Camus's "The Plague"
In 1948, Stephen Spender wrote for the Book Review about Albert Camus's "The Plague," a novel about an epidemic spreading across the French Algerian city of Oran.

New York Times Books
May 15, 2020

‘Wuhan Diary' Offers an Angry and Eerie View From Inside Quarantine
Fang Fang's online diary, now a book, made her a nuisance to the powers that be and a national hero to many others in China.

New York Times Books
May 15, 2020

One Young Mother and the Homelessness Crisis
Lauren Sandler talks about "This Is All I Got," and Sarah Weinman discusses classic mysteries.

New York Times Books
May 15, 2020

Nick Kotz, Crusading Journalist and Author, Dies at 87
He won a Pulitzer Prize for exposing unsafe conditions in meatpacking plants. He also wrote about hunger in America and the politics of the B-1 bomber.

New York Times Books
May 15, 2020

Why Sofas? These Books Explain the Joys and Mysteries of the Home
Whether you live in an apartment, house, mansion or cabin, here are books that will help you explore the meaning of where you are right now.

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May 15, 2020

Bringing ‘Normal People' to Sexy, Soundtracked Life
Critics at The Times discuss the transfer of Sally Rooney's novel to TV.

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May 15, 2020

Anna Wintour Is Not the Star of André Leon Talley's Memoir. He Is.
In "The Chiffon Trenches," the former Vogue editor grapples with his own complicated story.

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May 15, 2020

‘Killing People in Fiction Was Fun': Mysteries That Have Stood the Test of Time
From Agatha Christie to Raymond Chandler to Patricia Highsmith, classic detective stories are given new life in audio form.

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May 15, 2020

Dissecting Kissinger, and Other Letters to the Editor
Readers respond to recent issues of the Sunday Book Review.

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May 15, 2020

Rape, Torture, Murder, Beheadings — All in a Day's Work for Marilyn Stasio
This week's Crime column includes a computer gamer who is handy with a Samurai sword and a 14-year-old girl who solves a murder in an amusement park.

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May 15, 2020

These Debuts Arrived at a Tough Time. They Deserve Your Attention.
If a first book is published in the midst of a pandemic, does it make a splash? For this crew, the answer should be yes.

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May 15, 2020

New in Paperback: ‘Walking on the Ceiling' and ‘Good Husbandry'
Six new paperbacks to check out this week.

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May 15, 2020

Is Lockdown Turning You Into J.D. Salinger?
Writers today might be unwittingly following in the path of the greatest literary recluse.

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May 14, 2020

Ralph W. McGehee, Agent Who Exposed the C.I.A., Dies at 92
A crisis of conscience in Vietnam led him to conclude that the agency was "a malevolent force" and to lay it bare in a memoir, "Deadly Deceits."

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May 14, 2020

The New Museum Is Offering Strange Stories for Trying Times
The conceptual artist Maurizio Cattelan conceived of the "Bedtime Stories" series as a way to foster a sense of connection during the coronavirus crisis.

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May 14, 2020

An African Literary Festival for the Age of Coronavirus
Book events worldwide are on hold, but Afrolit Sans Frontieres uses social media to host frank discussions around writing, creativity, sex and violence.

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May 14, 2020

André Leon Talley's Tales from the Dark Side
The juiciest fashion memoir of the year is out. But is it a tell-all, a tragedy or a harbinger of things to come?

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May 14, 2020

The Science Fiction Writer John Scalzi Readily Quits Reading
"Life is short and there are many other books."

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May 14, 2020

The Title of Emma Straub's New Novel Is Mocking Her
"All Adults Here" is not an accurate description of her life these days.

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May 13, 2020

4 Writers to Watch This Summer
Brit Bennett, Megha Majumdar, Roddy Doyle and Marie-Helene Bertino talk about their new books.

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May 13, 2020

Let Books Create Your Summer
This season's reading will have to do more than usual to help us get away from it all while we can't get away.

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May 12, 2020

Carolyn Reidy, the Head of Simon & Schuster, Is Dead at 71
Taking the helm in 2008, she steered the publishing house, one of the Big Five, through a deep recession and a digital revolution.

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May 12, 2020

Richard Fenno, Who Studied Congress Close Up, Dies at 93
His books broke new ground in political science, emphasizing politicians' interactions not in Washington but in their home districts.

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May 12, 2020

For Bookstore Owners, Reopening Holds Promise and Peril
Across the country, booksellers are wrestling with how to safely open their stores. Some are racing ahead. Others feel it's too risky.

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May 12, 2020

‘The Arab Winter,' by Noah Feldman: An Excerpt
An excerpt from "The Arab Winter," by Noah Feldman

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May 12, 2020

Amandla Stenberg Sees Beauty Underwater, and Strength in Maya Angelou
"The Hunger Games" and "The Hate U Give" actress also lists Tierra Whack's music and her grandfather's violin among the 10 things she can't live without.

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May 12, 2020

New & Noteworthy, From a Korean Thriller to John Maynard Keynes
A selection of recent books of interest; plus, a peek at what our colleagues around the newsroom are reading.

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May 12, 2020

How Walking Changes Us
"In Praise of Walking" and "In Praise of Paths" offer two very different approaches to the benefits of taking regular strolls.

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May 12, 2020

‘A Children's Bible,' by Lydia Millet: An Excerpt
An excerpt from "A Children's Bible," by Lydia Millet

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May 12, 2020

The Pirates' Booty That Changed the Course of History
In "Enemy of All Mankind," Steven Johnson argues that a 1695 showdown on the high seas was a crucial turning point in the rise of the British Empire.

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May 12, 2020

Would You Trust a Snake-Wielding Preacher, if He Were Your Dad?
The heroine of Amy Jo Burns's debut novel, "Shiner," comes of age amid the patriarchy of contemporary Appalachia.

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May 12, 2020

How ‘Sesame Street' Changed Childhood Forever
In "Sunny Days," David Kamp traces a revolutionary decade in kids' TV.

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May 12, 2020

In Richard Ford's New Stories, Ambivalence Is the Default Condition
His collection "Sorry for Your Trouble" features characters who find that the pieces of their lives no longer fit.

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May 12, 2020

The Challenges of a Threatening World
In "The World," Richard Haass urges Americans to educate themselves about an increasingly dangerous planet.

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May 12, 2020

‘What Pea Disrupts Your Sleep, Princess?'
In "The Shapeless Unease," the British novelist Samantha Harvey ponders her struggles with insomnia.

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May 12, 2020

African-Americans in the New Deal
Jill Watts's "The Black Cabinet" highlights the struggles of those African-Americans who worked in the Franklin Roosevelt administration.

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May 12, 2020

A French Expert Surveys the Entire Middle East
Gilles Kepel's "Away From Chaos" is a useful overview of the many changes that have roiled the Muslim world.

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May 12, 2020

The Spy Who Handed America's Nuclear Secrets to the Soviets
Nancy Thorndike Greenspan's "Atomic Spy" offers new material on Klaus Fuchs, the notorious Manhattan Project physicist.

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May 12, 2020

Tragedy in the Middle East
Noah Feldman's "The Arab Winter" tries to find hope in a grim turn of events.

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May 12, 2020

One Journalist's Wary, Frustrating Relationship With Edward Snowden
In "Dark Mirror," Barton Gellman writes about being one of the few journalists to whom Snowden leaked classified documents about government surveillance.

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