Search Results: "Charles Bowden"


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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Memorable and remarkable, as true-edged and dangerous as a brand-new stiletto."
Sprawling, lacerating account of the drug war along the Mexican border, which is nothing but a slow-motion holocaust, according to veteran nonfiction author Bowden (Blues for Cannibals, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE SECRET FOREST by Charles Bowden
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1993

"A vibrant sketch imbued with elegance, mystery, and charm. (Sixty color photographs by Pulitzer-winning photographer Jack Dykinga)"
Tales of the brute geography of tropical Sonora, told with originality by a writer known for prose with an offbeat edge. Read full book review >

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DESIERTO by Charles Bowden
NON-FICTION
Released: June 17, 1991

"Thought-provoking and moving."
In these powerful epic tales of the Sonora Desert, Bowden (Red Line, 1989; Mescal, 1988, etc.) peoples the harsh land on both sides of the US-Mexican border with saints and sinners, but his enduring hero is the desert itself. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 9, 2009

"Affirms Bowden's place in the cranky Edward Abbey-Hunter S. Thompson school of Western individualists."
A dark, foreboding meditation on life from the provocative author. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 6, 2005

"A blurry, near-unintelligible account that's anything but compelling and does nothing to sharpen our feel for the drug war or those who wage it."
A drug agent under deep cover in an unnamed American city takes down high-level drug dealers and battles the demons within himself. A murky tale, in dense prose. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2010

"A potent book that readers won't soon forget, and a warning of what can come of an insatiable market that knows no borders."
GQ and Mother Jones contributing editor Bowden (Some of the Dead Are Still Breathing: Living in the Future, 2009, etc.) digs into the complexities behind the ominous escalation of violence in Ciudad Juárez, a city across the border from El Paso that now has the tragic distinction of being the most dangerous city in the world. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 27, 2002

"Bowden spins a fine, grim tale as he digs for a life of the senses: monstrous, beautiful, but always in plain sight."
Reels and roars from the American underbelly by Bowden (The Secret Forest, 1993, etc.), a veteran at engaging with misery. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1993

"As complete and satisfying a wrap-up as is likely to be available any time soon on the man who, arguably, played the leading role in the S&L debacle."
A largely successful effort to bring to book the renegade financier whose arrogance, depredations, and political connections made him the apotheosis of the white-collar criminals who laid waste to America's thrift institutions. Read full book review >

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EL SICARIO by Molly Molloy
NON-FICTION
Released: June 14, 2011

"While somewhat unique, El Sicario's tale is also quite familiar—one in which the power of money, drugs and women all play a role in achieving the necessary numbness required to carry out unspeakable crimes."
A reformed assassin's tell-all of the horrors endured and executed throughout his years in the Mexican drug trade. Read full book review >

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WORM by Mark Bowden
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 14, 2011

"A brief, punchy reminder of our high-tech vulnerabilities."
From the author of Black Hawk Down, a different sort of blood-and-thunder heroism narrative, out on the frontiers of cybercrime. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Accomplished but finally dispiriting, as the wry, revealing dialogue and gritty South Philly detail give way to sour cynicism."
Drawing on the series of articles he wrote for The Philadelphia Inquirer's Sunday magazine, bestselling author Bowden (Black Hawk Down, 1999, etc.) tells the comic but ultimately pathetic true story of a loser whose life turned upside down when he stumbled on $1.2 million. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

"Part cultural study, part environmental espionage, part adventure, this is a welcome look at one of the most heavily guarded yet mysteriously neglected waterways in the United States."
An account of the author's journey—by canoe, raft and mountain bike—down the Rio Grande. Read full book review >