FROM THE ARCHIVE: All men are handsome, all women desirable under the spell of that aroused duenna called tango. The dance is a display of confidence, control, and bravura that spices the desire, intrigue, and tension between the sexes. But within the rise, turn, and fall of seductive cadence and throbbing beat lurk inconstancy, faithlessness, and betrayal. Every dance is an affair, never a marriage—and the final note its inevitable death knell.

FROM THE ARCHIVE: It was a time of war. Yet there was no news from the front and none would come quickly. A clever man, instructed to come up with some diversion, invented a startling board war game between four kingdoms that was an instant success.