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Monday, Dec. 23, 2013

A chilling account of war, genocide and political calculation

 Many historians refer to the 1944 revolt against the Nazis by the Jews of the Warsaw Ghetto as the first battle of the Cold War. Realizing that the Nazi regime was coming to defeat, SS chief Heinrich Himmler plotted a post-Hitler Germany in league with the Western Allies against the USSR. Ironically, Stalin’s
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013

New biography considers the impact of Philip Roth

 The condition of American fiction is fractious. On one side, we have a legacy of what best can be described as writers who experiment with the architecture, not making form more important than content but rather uniting the two such that narrative voice is both form and content. Then there
Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013

The James Gang were failed robbers but heroic outlaws

 In Shot All to Hell: Jesse James, the Northfield Raid, and the Wild West’s Greatest Escape (William Morrow/HarperCollins), Mark Lee Gardner introduces Jesse and Frank James at the beginning of their outlaw days (Jesse started during the Civil War, riding with William Quantrill whose
Album Reviews
Friday, Sept. 13, 2013

The Bootleg Series Vol. 10 (1969-1971) | Expanded, Deluxe Limited Edition

 Released in three versions, Another Self Portrait is available on vinyl; a two CD edition of just the unreleased demos; and, replete with two hardcover books and two extra discs, the Limited Edition
Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013

Who Was That Masked Man?

 While Michael Singer’s book is obviously related to the recent box office failure The Lone Ranger and has sections devoted to the movie’s creation, The Lone Ranger Behind the Mask: On the Trail of an Outlaw Epic (Insight Editions) is more than a film tie-in coffee table book. It’s a
Sunday, July 21, 2013

Democracy at stake in ‘The Last Invasion’

 The Battle of Gettysburg sprawled over 15 square miles around a little town in Pennsylvania during the first three days of July in 1863. As we know from thousands of articles and texts already published on this famous Civil War
Monday, June 17, 2013

The True Story of Wyatt Earp

 Primarily as a result of the gunfight at the O.K. Corral, Wyatt Earp is rooted into the American dream of the Old West. Few know that his ashes were buried in a Jewish Cemetery in 1929. Ann Kirschner’s well-researched
Tuesday, May 21, 2013

A new look at John Ford’s classic film, ‘The Searchers’

Director John Ford defines The Searchers as a “psychological epic.” John Wayne plays the primary character, Ethan Edwards, in this 1956 movie as both a driven, rebellious outsider and noble, obsessed hero
Friday, April 26, 2013

Clive Davis recalls his years as a music industry hit-maker

 Clive Davis’ memoir The Soundtrack of My Life (Simon & Schuster) is a hefty 586 pages of thoughtful, analytical content—an unexpected pleasure from one of the most powerful and influential music executives in history
Thursday, March 28, 2013

Larry McMurtry on the man who lost Little Big Horn

 That history is written by the victorious is a truism repeated so many times that its veracity is unquestioned. But one need only browse the books, films and songs about American outlaws such as Jesse James, Cole Younger

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