Search Results: "David Rieff"


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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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, 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

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 >

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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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DAVID OWEN
by Alex Layman

The American West has long been a place of myth and wonder, of dramatic canyons, mesas, and mountain ranges. These dramatic landscapes have wooed Americans for centuries, and The New Yorker’s David Owen isn’t immune to its siren song. Though Owen has lived in Connecticut for most of his adult life, he spent the summers of his youth in ...


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DAVID SAMUEL LEVINSON
by James McDonald

“I'm just furious,” David Samuel Levinson says, agitation lending his voice both energy and an edge. “I'm furious that we have to talk about this in 2017.” It was less than a month into the new administration when we discussed his novel, Tell Me How This Ends Well, and the dangerous implications for minority groups of ...


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LOVE YA
by Bobbi Dumas

Hi friends!

I don’t read a lot of Young Adult/New Adult books, but I’ve become a fan of Huntley Fitzpatrick.

I think I’ve read all of her books now (and hope a new one is coming out soon!).

I just finished What I Thought Was True, and I invite you all to read it!

Sometimes, with YA, I feel ...


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DAVID GARROW
by Gregory McNamee

Barack Obama has been portrayed as being many things over his life and political career. Some have thought him flippant, coasting by on charm and glibness. Others have thought him suspect. Admirers and detractors both have found him aloof, though very few have doubted the fact of his formidable intelligence.

And admirers and detractors alike have also found Barack Obama ...


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