The best horror books creep up on you. They're uncanny rather than startling, gut-wrenching rather than gross. It's not so much "What's behind the door?" as "After I open the door, will I ever be able to forget it?" Here, as a little Halloween chaser, are 13 books that do a nice, creepy job of freaking you out with finesse.
After encouraging signs at the United Nations and the highest-level contact between the U.S. and Iran in 35 years -- a phone call between President Barack Obama and his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani -- hurdles still line the path to a deal on Iran’s nuclear program.
“We have been studying Washington politics and Congress for more than 40 years, and never have we seen them this dysfunctional,” wrote Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein in the Washington Post. “In our past writings, we have criticized both parties when we believed it was warranted. Today, however, we have no choice but to acknowledge that the core of the problem lies with the Republican Party.”
European leaders heading to the home of Thomas Mann’s Magic Mountain sanatorium are surprising credit-ratings companies, and the economists who agree with them, as the consensus predicts another year of trauma for the euro area.