"Eisenhower 1956: The President's Year of Crisis: Suez and the Brink of War" by David A. Nichols (Simon & Schuster, $28) Using formerly top-secret minutes of National Security Council and Oval Office meetings, Nichols' gripping tale of international intrigue and betrayal follows President Dwight D. Eisenhower's day-by-day decisions as he guided the U.S. through this critical moment in history that threatened to escalate into a global conflict. Nichols will be at the Wichita/Sedgwick County Historical Museum on March 30 at 7 p.m.
"The Paris Wife" by Paula McLain (Ballantine Books, $25) 1920s Paris. The Lost Generation. The golden couple — no, not Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald but Ernest Hemingway and his first wife Hadley. As Ernest struggles to find his distinctive literary voice while immersed in the hard-drinking and fast-living Jazz Age Paris, Hadley fights to hold on to her sense of self and their marriage. McLain's mesmerizing and lyrical work of fiction is filled with life, love, and betrayal.
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