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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