Search Results: "David Rieff"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1995

"A troubling document on two levels: the damage done both to the people of Bosnia and to Western illusions of conscience and justice."
Rieff's powerful mix of reporting and polemic chronicles the fall of Bosnia and lambastes Western equivocation. ``Bosnia was and always will be a just cause....To have intervened on the side of Bosnia would have been self-defense, not charity,'' declares Rieff (The Exile, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DAVID by Mary Hoffman
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"Nonfiction masquerading as a novel and failing as either sort of narrative. (character list, historical note, glossary) (Historical fiction. 13 & up)"
The author of the Stravaganaza series reveals the muse behind Michelangelo's David. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 10, 2002

"A sober treatise, burning with righteous indignation. Rieff makes a solid if impious case for humanitarian reform, one that ought to generate much discussion."
The Third World is a heap of severed limbs, the aid the First World offers but the smallest of Band-Aids: so argues journalist Rieff in this lucid polemic. Read full book review >

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LOS ANGELES by David Rieff
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1991

"A big book that justifies the attention Rieff has drawn, without quite earning the laurels predicted of him."
Ambitious in both style and substance, Rieff's second major book on a US metropolis (Going to Miami, 1987) attempts to resolve the contradictions of L.A. by proclaiming it the Third World's capital. Read full book review >

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THE REPROACH OF HUNGER by David Rieff
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"A basically pessimistic assessment certain to be disputed by those working to solve the problem."
A densely written critical analysis of the current approach to ending world hunger, calling into question the optimism of such technocrat philanthropists as Bill Gates. Read full book review >

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SWIMMING IN A SEA OF DEATH by David Rieff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 8, 2008

"A useful handbook of a sort, as well as a concluding chapter to his mother's life."
Death be not proud: an affecting and discomfiting account, by her son, of Susan Sontag's last days. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2005

"Guaranteed to irritate UNICEF, but useful reading for those advocating an end to America's imperial ambitions."
Political power is won, quoth Mao, at the barrel of a gun. But political stability is another matter, and Rieff (A Bed for the Night, 2002, etc.) finds much to criticize in the neoconservative credo that democracy can be forced on unwilling nations. Read full book review >

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THE EXILE by David Rieff
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 2, 1993

"A tellingly detailed take on a notably cohesive ethnic minority's slow-motion absorption into the melting pot."
A skilled journalist's affecting and compassionate take on southern Florida's affluent, middle-aged Cubans—whose collective dream of returning to the fondly remembered island paradise of their privileged childhood has become anguishingly chimerical. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DAVID BOWIE by Paul Trynka
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 18, 2011

"Bowie nerds will love it, and music nerds will admire it; regular nerds and most others will think it's about 150 pages too long."
Everything you always wanted to know about the Thin White Duke. Everything. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DAVID COPPERFIELD by Charles Dickens
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Marks's storytelling skills are further demonstrated by the different sizes of the pictures, their distribution, and layout—on the whole, they evocatively conjure this hearty tale, and will send readers off to the original. (Picture book. 8-12)"
A more or less self-contained excerpt from the novel, in a creative abridgement done by Dickens for one of his public readings (Anthea Bell's afterword provides notes about these performances and the texts Dickens prepared for them). Read full book review >

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DAVID BOWIE by Dylan Jones
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A dishy but overstuffed and overly praiseful portrait."
A sweeping, gossipy biography of the chameleonic pop star in the form of an oral history, with input from dozens of collaborators, lovers, and admirers. Read full book review >