Charles Trueheart

Charles Trueheart is a Scholar contributing editor and former director of the American Library in Paris. His book about Vietnam in the Kennedy years, Diplomats at War, is forthcoming.

Head of the State

How the FBI’s founding director ruled from the shadows

by Charles Trueheart | Thursday, December 01, 2022

Making the List

Finding the right page required centuries of experiment

by Charles Trueheart | Monday, March 21, 2022

Visible Man

A writer whose early speculative fiction made him famous

by Charles Trueheart | Monday, November 15, 2021

Things Left Behind

A writer’s one-sided conversation with a ghost

by Charles Trueheart | Monday, May 17, 2021

Family Secrets

A writer’s personal quest to expose a mass murderer who escaped punishment

by Charles Trueheart | Monday, February 01, 2021

La Havilland

The movie star became a fixture in Paris, where she lived for half her lifetime

by Charles Trueheart | Monday, July 27, 2020

Creeping Illiberalism

A bleak account of the West's slide toward tyranny

by Charles Trueheart | Monday, July 27, 2020

The Difficult Diplomat

A highly flawed man who brought peace and controversy

by Charles Trueheart | Monday, June 03, 2019

A Seductive Spectacle

The languid bazaar of Lawrence Durrell’s Alexandria Quartet still beckons 50 years later

by Charles Trueheart | Friday, June 01, 2007

Bungle in the Jungle

A new biography considers what might have been in Indochina

by Charles Trueheart | Monday, December 04, 2017

Organized Violence

In the last century, where did warfare end and genocide begin?

by Charles Trueheart | Friday, December 01, 2006

Cruel Spring

A dark time in the city of light

by Charles Trueheart | Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Whores de Combat

In search of adventure and engagement

by Charles Trueheart | Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The Debacle Before the Disaster

At Dien Bien Phu, the French got a lesson the U.S. would take two decades to learn

by Charles Trueheart | Monday, March 01, 2010

Paris: The Death of Derrida

by Charles Trueheart | Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Sign Language

At their best, pictograms tell us clearly where to go and what to do; at their worst, things can get interesting

by Charles Trueheart | Saturday, December 01, 2007