The Nazis rated him their best spy in England; the Brits said he was the greatest secret agent of the war. Meet Juan Pujol, the spy who helped save the D-Day invasion—and who was entirely self-made. Stephan Talty tells his remarkable story in his new book, Agent Garbo.

A new book gives the fullest account yet of the Dalai Lama’s 1959 escape from Tibet and the CIA’s role. Author Stephan Talty says in the process the Tibetan leader lost a country but gained an international movement—and surprisingly a belief in Buddhism.

Microbes have brought down more empires than bombs, and pose a greater terroristic threat. Stephan Talty, author of The Illustrious Dead, describes how the coming germ attack could unfold.