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Review of Steve Fireovid’s & Mark Winegardner’s The 26th Man

Review of Steve Fireovid’s & Mark Winegardner’s The 26th Man How far would you go to chase a dream? How do you handle it when your dream dies? Those are the big questions behind Steve Fireovid’s The 26th Man (Macmillan, … Continue reading

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Review of Philip Carlo’s The Ice Man

Review of Philip Carlo’s The Ice Man Richard Kuklinski (1935-2006) was the Ice Man, a mafia assassin in New Jersey and New York. He was sentenced to several life terms in 1986 and would have slipped into obscurity had it … Continue reading

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Review of Mike Dauplaise’s Torture at the Back Forty

Review of Mike Dauplaise’s Torture at the Back Forty Outlaw Motorcycle gangs always hold a particular fascination for me. These “one percenters” live short, violent lives outside society’s conventions. Unlike other organized-crime groups such as the Mafia, motorcycle gangs don’t … Continue reading

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Review of Hank Nuwer’s Wrongs of Passage

Review of Hank Nuwer’s Wrongs of Passage Last I week I rode down to the Mobile Public Library’s main branch on Government Street and picked up Hank Nuwer’s Wrongs of Passage – Fraternities, Sororities, Hazing, and Binge Drinking (University of … Continue reading

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Review of Adam Kennedy’s The Domino Principle

Review of Adam Kennedy’s The Domino Principle “No, but I saw the movie” is a cliche about books that have been adapted for films. It makes me wonder, not for the first time, if I’m going through life backwards. I … Continue reading

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Review of Megan McArdle’s The Up Side of Down

Review of Megan McArdle’s The Up Side of Down There is the feeling that Americans are becoming a bunch of “softies,” that we no longer have what it takes to deal with life. Humorist P.J. O’Rourke has said that American … Continue reading

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Review of Dan E. Ellis’ Lady in Red

If you forced me to name a great, undiscovered part of America, I’d nominate the Mississippi Gulf Coast. In the popular imagination, Mississippi stands only for backwards. But when my sister was a graduate student at the University of Southern … Continue reading

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