Category Archives: Investigative journalism

EVICTION by Matthew Desmond

Having just finished DREAM LAND, about the opioid crisis, I turned to EVICTION, the 2017 Pulitzer Prize-winner subtitled Poverty and Profit in the American City. You could say I’m a glutton for bad news, but it’s more like I’m trying … Continue reading

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DREAM LAND by Sam Quinones

Depending on where you live and whom you know, you might know quite a lot about opioid addiction. You might have seen firsthand how someone goes to a doctor for back pain and ends up hooked on OxyContin. You might … Continue reading

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RED NOTICE by Bill Browder

I admit I took my eye off the Russia ball for a while. For years, actually. Once we signed nuclear disarmament treaties with them (or first with the “Soviet Union” then “Russia”), I thought, OK, so they’re not going to … Continue reading

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DARK MONEY by Jane Mayer

Even though I knew Jane Mayer’s DARK MONEY (subtitled The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right) would be impeccably written and assiduously fact-checked (she writes for The New Yorker, and they are known for … Continue reading

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A DEADLY WANDERING by Matt Richtel

We have all seen it: someone looking down while driving. Texting. Heck, I saw three people doing it yesterday, when I went out on my porch to check the mail. They were driving 25 miles per hour down a crowded … Continue reading

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THE BRILLIANT DISASTER by Jim Rasenberger

In preparation for my first trip to Cuba, I kept my eyes peeled for good books to boost my background knowledge. THE BRILLIANT DISASTER caught my attention, not just for its title but also for its subtitle: JFK, Castro, and … Continue reading

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KATRINA by Gary Rivlin

Ten years ago today, the National Weather Service announced that “Tropical Depression 12” had become “Hurricane Katrina.” From that point on, day after day, the news became more and more grim. We all know what happened—well, we knew what the … Continue reading

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COLUMBINE by Dave Cullen

April 20, 2015: Sixteen years ago today, two teenage boys conducted a violent assault on their high school, murdering twelve students and a teacher and wounding dozens of others before turning their guns on themselves. Dave Cullen’s COLUMBINE needs no subtitle. … Continue reading

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GHETTOSIDE by Jill Leovy

In order to solve a problem, you must first unpack it. What is really going on? What are the causes, as opposed to the signs and symptoms? Too often, perhaps, we leap to conclusions without sufficiently exploring the depths of … Continue reading

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THE BIG BURN by Timothy Egan

I admit I’ve had a slight crush on Teddy Roosevelt ever since reading about his adventures in the Amazon in Candice Millard’s RIVER OF DOUBT. But I probably would not have picked up THE BIG BURN, subtitled Teddy Roosevelt and … Continue reading

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