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An Oral History of ESPN

The book lacks a narrative voice to set the scene, pull the reader along. Authors are not just tape recorders with expense accounts. They need to analyze, criticize, validate their characters. Here, they’re often missing in action.

Posted on Jun 9, 2011 READ MORE


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A Road Map to Economic Armageddon

In “Reckless Endangerment,” Gretchen Morgenson and Joshua Rosner argue that cozy connections between government and the financial industry were the primary cause of the financial crisis.

Posted on Jun 2, 2011 READ MORE



Words From the Right: On Buckley and From Paul and Breitbart

As Campaign 2012 looms large, it’s not exactly clear who or what will define the moment for conservatives—has the Tea Party Express run out of steam? Who will emerge as their rightful leader? These three reads give us some idea of where they’ve been and where they might be headed.

Posted on May 27, 2011 READ MORE



Love Among the Beasts

Reviewing Erik Larson’s “In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin,” the author makes his case for “one good thing about the Nazis” and wagers that this romantic thriller of a memoir will hit it big.

Posted on May 19, 2011 READ MORE



Obama’s ‘Singular’ Mother

The key to understanding the disciplined and often impassive 44th president is his mother, as Janny Scott, a reporter for The New York Times, decisively demonstrates in her new biography, “A Singular Woman.”

Posted on May 12, 2011 READ MORE



Gazing Into the ‘Secret Center’ of the Novel

“The Naive and the Sentimental Novelist” by Orhan Pamuk is a love letter to the literary novel. It can expand your awareness and joy of reading. For novelists, it’s a treasure trove.

Posted on Apr 28, 2011 READ MORE



The Abu Ghraib Photos You Haven’t Seen

“Riley and his story. Me and my outrage. You and us.” is a piece of art and a historical document. It’s a war story and a meditation on memory as well as a rumination on its absence.

Posted on Apr 22, 2011 READ MORE



The Reinvention of Malcolm X

Malcolm X’s life has inspired filmmakers, writers, painters, rappers and dramatists, yet much about his murder has remained a mystery. Now we have Manning Marable’s “Malcolm X,” a groundbreaking piece of work.

Posted on Apr 15, 2011 READ MORE



Cuba From the Other Side

I thought it would be helpful if people who are always hearing and reading about the “repression of dissidents” in Cuba and jump to their defense could also hear the other side: What happened to the thousands of people whose lives were affected by the actions of terrorists from inside and outside the country.

Posted on Apr 8, 2011 READ MORE



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Land of War and Honey

For the scores of journalists and aid workers who poured into Iraq after the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, the terrible food in Baghdad’s hotels was a shock—greasy minced meat, mayonnaise-soaked vegetables and an obsession with Pepsi.

Posted on Apr 1, 2011 READ MORE


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