‘The Trip to Echo Spring: On Writers and Drinking’ by Olivia Laing

Olivia Laing takes the title for this book about writers and booze from a scene in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” the play by Tennessee Williams. Brick, the alcoholic former football star (Ben Gazzara on Broadway in 1955, Paul Newman in the 1958 movie), is confronted by his...

‘The Story of the Human Body Evolution, Health, and Disease’ by Daniel E. Lieberman

I was an undergraduate in 1975, when E.O. Wilson published “Sociobiology: The New Synthesis,” and controversial ideas about health, biology and behavior were fought out in some of my college biology classes. There were battles over notions that seemed radical back...

Three Beatles books

For D.C. fans, the Beatles’ invasion of America 50 years ago has a special resonance: The Fab Four played their first U.S. concert here at the Washington Coliseum. For publishers, the anniversary offers an opportunity to unleash a slew of new books. Among the offerings,...

‘Company Man: Thirty Years of Controversy and Crisis in the CIA’ by John Rizzo

Dina Temple-Raston is the counterterrorism correspondent at NPR and the author of four books, including “The Jihad Next Door,” about the Lackawanna Six. She is on a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University. John Rizzo was sitting in his office at CIA headquarters about...

Book review: ‘Mozart,’ by Paul Johnson

If we tend to envision the short life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart as primarily unhappy — ever at odds with his wife, impoverished and in debt, driven to an early grave by his rival Antonio Salieri — it is largely because of Peter Shaffer’s play...

Now that the Muslim Brotherhood is declared a terrorist group, it just might become one

Daniel Byman is a professor in the security studies program at Georgetown University and the research director of the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution. Tamara Cofman Wittes is director of the Saban Center. This essay draws upon their contribution...

Who had the worst week in Washington? New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

“It is what it is.” That was the message from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at a news conference Thursday aimed at beating back the controversy surrounding his administration’s involvement in the closure of several lanes of traffic in Fort Lee, N.J., leading to...

Milbank: New Jersey narcissist

Things we learned about Chris Christie during his 105-minute apologia: “I’m a very loyal guy.” “I am not a focus-group-tested, blow-dried candidate.” “I’ve worked for the last 12 years in public life developing a reputation for...

A diplomatic insurance policy against Iran

Robert Menendez, a Democrat from New Jersey, is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. A diplomatic breakthrough resulting in a peaceful and verifiable termination of Iran’s nuclear weapons program is the preferred outcome of the Obama administration’s...

Clamp down on illegal fishing to curb human trafficking

Mark P. Lagon is a professor at Georgetown University and an adjunct senior fellow for human rights at the Council on Foreign Relations. He was U.S. ambassador at large for human trafficking from 2007 to 2009. If most people think human trafficking is all about sexual...