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Nonfiction: How David Became Goliath: The Secret of Israel’s Military Success

“The Weapon Wizards” by Yaakov Katz and Amir Bohbot examines how Israel became a giant in military technology.

The Book Review Podcast: A Brave Look at Depression

Daphne Merkin talks about “This Close to Happy,” and Min Jin Lee discusses her new novel, “Pachinko.”

France’s Obsession With Decline Is a Booming Industry

Books, TV shows and other media are digging into the country’s preoccupation with its failings and tapping into an anxious mood as elections approach.

Paperback Row

Six new paperbacks to check out this week.

The Shortlist: Paris

In fiction and nonfiction about the City of Light, wander its streets and meet some of its most interesting citizens.

Open Book: New Life for Dracula

An Icelandic version of “Dracula” turns out to be a radically different version of the story.

Fiction: A Dreamlike Western With a Different Kind of Hero

An Irish orphan winds up in the mid-19th-century American West in Sebastian Barry’s novel “Days Without End.”

Nonfiction: A Father’s Wrenching Memoir of Death, Guilt and Reckoning

In “Disaster Falls” Stéphane Gerson explores the aftermath of his young son’s tragic death.

Fiction: A Debut Follows Two Creative Women Bound by a Passion for Art

In “The Animators,” a debut novel by Kayla Rae Whitaker, two creative women are bound by a passion for art and a drive to master their pasts.

Fiction: Aharon Appelfeld’s Novel Follows a Young Holocaust Refugee to Palestine

Aharon Appelfeld’s novel “The Man Who Never Stopped Sleeping” follows a Holocaust survivor from Europe to Palestine.

Nonfiction: The Starter Marriage, the Method and the Hollywood Ten: A Memoir of Coming of Age in the 1950s

In “The Men in my Life,” Patricia Bosworth, journalist and actress, recalls coming of age in the 1950s.

Behind the Best Sellers: ‘Girl Before’ Author JP Delaney on Pseudonyms and the Limits of Marie Kondo

In his architectural thriller, new at No. 5 in hardcover fiction, Delaney explores the “weird and deeply obsessive” psychology of minimalism.

Nonfiction: The Not-So-Secret War: Revisiting American Intervention in Laos

“A Great Place to Have a War” by Joshua Kurlantzick revisits America’s intervention in Laos in the 1960s.

On Poetry: Why Is a Poet’s First Collection So Important?

David Orr reviews Donika Kelly’s “Bestiary” and Max Ritvo’s “Four Reincarnations.”

‘1984,’ the Hot Book of the Trump Era, Is Coming to Broadway

The Trump presidency has been a boon for dystopian novels, and a pair of producers are hoping it will have the same effect on Broadway starting in June.

Crime: The Best and Latest in Crime Fiction

Marilyn Stasio’s crime column investigates a strangling in Scotland, a philandering British psychiatrist, the love life of a Danish cop and an interlude of Long Island noir.

Harry Mathews, Idiosyncratic Writer, Dies at 86

Mr. Mathews was a novelist, poet and essayist who was confounding and captivating in whatever language he was working in.

7 New Books We Recommend This Week

Suggested reading from editors at The New York Times Book Review.

Letters to the Editor

Readers respond to a recent review of “How America Lost Its Secrets” and more.

Books News: A Japanese Crime Thriller in Which Crime Is the Least of It

Hideo Yokoyama is the latest Japanese crime writer to cross over to the United States with his book “Six Four,” already a huge success in Japan.

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