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The Unwinding By George Packer

Packer, George, The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, 2013 (430pp. $27) The unwinding of the Old America has taken forty years or so, seemingly stable structures firmly in place by 1960 which produced prosperity and economic…

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Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist by Bill McKibben

    McKibben, Bill.  Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist, Times Books (Henry Holt and Company), New York, 2013 (272pp. $26). Independent science confirms that human-caused global warming is real.  There is reason to believe that a warming climate could have dire…

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2 new book reviews: Wyatt Earp: A Vigilante Life & Shot All to Hell: Jesse James

Isenberg, Andrew, Wyatt Earp: A Vigilante Life, Hill and Wang (Farrar Strauss and Giroux), New York 2013 (296 pp. $30) Gardner, Mark Lee, Shot All to Hell: Jesse James, The Northfield Raid, and the Wild West’s Greatest Escape, William Morrow (Harper Collins), New York, 2013…

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The Best Book Ever Written About Raymond Chandler

Once you’ve read everything written by Raymond Chandler twice or three times a sense of melancholy intrudes.  You wish there were more but there isn’t. There are a number of fine works about Chandler, including the distinguished biography written in 1976 by Frank McShane, and…

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