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Work Like a Spy: Business Tips From a Former CIA Officer. By J.C. Carleson. Portfolio; 197 pages; $25.95. To be published in Britain in April by Penguin; £16.99. Buy from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk

Trading Secrets: Spies and Intelligence in an Age of Terror. By Mark Huband. I.B. Tauris; 260 pages; $29.50 and £20. Buy from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk

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Of Apollonia, pincers ready

ALDOUS HUXLEY once described “The Resurrection” by Piero della Francesca as the greatest painting in the world. Some will argue that the title belongs to a work by Leonardo da Vinci or Rembrandt van Rijn, but the English author was hardly alone in his view. Born in Borgo Sansepolcro in Tuscany in 1415, Piero is sometimes

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She says tomato, I say nothing

HAROLD PINTER knew his way around silence. There is something dangerous about quiet on stage, as if it is a gap, an emptiness, a mistake. But Pinter, an English playwright who died in 2008, understood these moments to be the essence of drama, charged and full of reckoning. Speech, on the other hand, was “a constant s

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Evangelical Catholicism: Deep Reform in the 21st-Century Church. By George Weigel. Basic Books; 291 pages; $27.99 and £15.99. Buy from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk

To the Ends of the Earth: Pentecostalism and the Transformation of World Christianity. By Allan Heaton Anderson. Oxford University Press USA; 311 pages; £24.95 and £15.99. Buy from Amazon.com

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How to Create the Perfect Wife. By Wendy Moore. Weidenfeld & Nicolson; 322 pages; £18.99. To be published in America in April by Basic Books; $27.99. Buy from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk

WENDY MOORE, a British historian, is developing a nice line in non-fiction 18th-century marital horror stories. “Wedlock”, her previous book, followed the mis

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The Great Convergence: Asia, the West, and the Logic of One World. By Kishore Mahbubani. PublicAffairs; 315 pages; $26.99 and £17.99. Buy from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk

“HOPE is on the move,” noted this paper two years ago in an editorial contrasting “the West’s growing pessimism” with the optimism felt by many people in emerging markets. Kishore Mah

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Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone. By Eric Klinenberg. Penguin Press; 273 pages; $27.99. Gerald Duckworth & Co; £16.99. Buy from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk

“YOU need an apartment alone even if it’s over a garage,” declared Helen Gurley Brown in her 1962 bestseller “Sex and the Single Girl”. To Brown, who went

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Kind of blue

SAMUEL COURTAULD, founder of the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, owned only one painting by Pablo Picasso. He was devoted to the French impressionists and post-impressionists, and masterpieces by Manet, Renoir, Degas, Gauguin and Van Gogh formed the core of his renowned art collection. Yet there was something about Picasso’s t

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A divine nap

A CHUBBY, snoozing toddler with thick curls above his beautiful face, “Sleeping Eros” looks deceptively benign. His right arm flops across his body; one wing (much of it now lost) is tucked under him while the other, with delicately detailed feathers, nestles against his back. The remains of his quiver and arrows lie near his head; he i

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