Mike Allen and Evan Thomas, “The Right Fights Back” (Random House, 2011)
In his new book, The Right Fights Back (Random House, 2011), Mike Allen, the chief White House correspondent for Politico and author of Robert F. Kennedyand The War Lovers, provides a detailed analysis of the early parts of the 2012 presidential election campaign. His close look inside the GOP campaigns... Read More
Simon Winder, “Germania: In Wayward Pursuit of the Germans and Their History” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2011)
When I was fourteen I was faced with a difficult choice. I was dreadful at languages but knew that I had another two years of brain-aching pain ahead of me full of verb tables and conjugations. The choice was between pain in French or pain in German. On the French... Read More
Jafari S. Allen, “!Venceremos?: The Erotics of Black Self-Making in Cuba” (Duke UP, 2011)
Jafari S. Allen‘s !Venceremos?: The Erotics of Black Self-Making in Cuba (Duke University Press, 2011) is a meticulously researched and exquisitely theorized ethnography that begins with a queer speculation of the revolutionary inevitable. That is, the cover art to the book, a self-portrait of a the tuxedoed artist Rena Pena,... Read More
Kevin Avery, “Everything is an Afterthought: The Life and Writings of Paul Nelson” (Fantagraphics, 2011)
Paul Nelson, the Rolling Stone writer and Mercury Records A & R guy who signed the New York Dolls, is quoted in Kevin Avery‘s Everything is an Afterthought: The Life and Writings of Paul Nelson (Fantagraphics, 2011) as saying, “I’ve always led my life like it was a work of... Read More
Randy Roberts, “Joe Louis: Hard Times Man” (Yale UP, 2010)
“I’m sure if it wasn’t for Joe Louis,” acknowledged Jackie Robinson, “the color line in baseball would not have been broken for another ten years.” To Muhammad Ali, Joe Louis was an inspiration and an idol. “I just give lip service to being the greatest,” said Ali in 1981, after... Read More
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