Latest from Peter Finn

How a globe-trotting, adventure-seeking socialite became the first American woman in uniform captured by the Nazis

The forgotten story of an unlikely feminist antihero, whose hunger for experience jeopardized multiple lives and imperiled some of America’s most closely held secrets during World War II.
  • Sep 25, 2019

Was this Soviet author a plagiarist or a stifled genius?

Brian J. Boeck explores the disputed legacy of Mikhail Sholokhov.
  • Jan 31, 2019

Four U.S. spies who later led the CIA

In “Disciples,” Douglas Waller chronicles the World War II careers of four future CIA directors.
  • Nov 6, 2015

Taliban leader Mohammad Omar is said to have died in 2013

The one-eyed Omar became a charismatic commander and elusive enemy of the United States.
  • Jul 29, 2015

A son’s tale of his father, the first American tried in Iran after revolution

Cyrus M. Copeland describes his father’s ordeal at the time of the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1979.
  • Jul 17, 2015

‘88 Days to Kandahar:’ a former CIA station chief in Pakistan reflects on his career

Robert L. Grenier, former CIA station chief, details the absurd, ad hoc world of the U.S. in Afghanistan after 9/11
  • Feb 20, 2015

Book review: ‘Twilight of the Eastern Gods,’ by Ismail Kadare

For the first time in English, the author’s reminiscence of the Gorky Institute for World Literature in 1958
  • Dec 4, 2014

Book review: ‘Leningrad: Siege and Symphony,’ by Brian Moynahan

Brian Moynahan recounts the power of Shostakovich’s music during the Siege of Leningrad
  • Oct 3, 2014

Wojciech Jaruzelski, Poland’s last communist leader, dies at 90

The general who imposed martial law in 1981 to crush the Solidarity trade union died in Warsaw at age 90.
  • May 25, 2014