Pantheon, $25, 368 pp.
There is no contemporary practitioner of the art of historical fiction more accomplished, in my view, than Thomas Mallon. His forays into the past have ranged from small-town life in post-World War II America (in Dewey Defeats Truman), to the frantic world of magazine publishing in the 1920s (in Bandbox), to the eponymous couple in Henry and Clara, who accompanied Lincoln and his wife to Ford’s Theater on the night of his assassination. (The...
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