Oscar Villalon Oscar Villalon is book editor at the San Francisco Chronicle. A member of the board of directors of the National Book Critics Circle, he's also a long-time juror of the California Book Awards, sponsored by the Commonwealth Club. His writing has appeared in the Virginia Quarterly Review and The Believer, and his reviews have aired on KQED's The California Report. He lives with his wife and son in San Francisco.

John le Carre, a former British intelligence officer, is the author of many best-selling espionage thrillers, including The Spy Who Came In from the Cold; Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy; and The Constant Gardener. Le Carre is a pseudonym -- his real name is David Cornwell. Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP hide caption

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The stairs at the entrance of the tube station shelter at Bethnal Green, London, on March 5, 1943, where a disastrous crush of people occurred two days before. AP hide caption

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