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"If none of us ever read a book that was 'dangerous,' had a friend who was 'different' or joined an organization that advocated 'change,' we would all be just the kind of people Joe McCarthy wants. Whose fault is that? Not really [McCarthy's]. He didn't create this situation of fear. He merely exploited it, and rather successfully."

—Edward R (oscoe) Murrow (1908-65) American news anchor, broadcast journalist


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Bookshelf: Judges Are People, Too 
  Fri, 22 Aug 2014 04:22:25 GMT 
    The books “Blindfolds Off: Judges on How They Decide,” “New York City in 3D: The Gilded Age” and “East in Eden: William Niblo and His Pleasure Garden of Yore” are examined.

Leonard Fein, Provocative Writer on Jewish Affairs, Dies at 80 
  Thu, 21 Aug 2014 21:52:04 GMT 
    Mr. Fein wrote voluminously about contemporary Jews, Judaism and “the often stormy relationship between Jews and Judaism,” and founded groups to combat hunger and illiteracy.

Books of The Times: ‘We Are Not Ourselves,’ an Intense Family Story 
  Thu, 21 Aug 2014 21:08:36 GMT 
    Matthew Thomas’s devastating debut novel, “We Are Not Ourselves,” is a starkly honest, intimate family story with the power to rock you to your core.

Books of The Times: ‘Fives and Twenty-Fives’ by Michael Pitre Shows Wartime Iraq 
  Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:10:56 GMT 
    “Fives and Twenty-Fives,” by Michael Pitre, follows a platoon in Iraq, where even fixing potholes can be fatal.

Bookshelf: Oh, Brother 
  Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:00:59 GMT 
    New picture books include David Soman’s “Three Bears in a Boat.”

‘Kreutzer Sonata Variations’ Has a Scorned Wife’s Rebuttal 
  Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:36:12 GMT 
    Leo Tolstoy’s spouse, Sophia, wrote two novellas in reply to his story “The Kreutzer Sonata,” works that will be included in “The Kreutzer Sonata Variations,” from Yale University Press.

Books of The Times: In ‘Doctored,’ Sandeep Jauhar Examines a Broken System 
  Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:22:51 GMT 
    Sandeep Jauhar reveals much in his memoir, “Doctored: The Disillusionment of an American Physician.”

ArtsBeat: Ginsburg and Alito to Speak at New-York Historical Society 
  Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:28:25 GMT 
    Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Samuel A. Alito Jr. are among the luminaries scheduled to speak at the New-York Historical Society this fall and winter.

Malala Yousafzai: By the Book 
  Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:16:54 GMT 
    The activist and co-author of “I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World” relished “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” the first book she read in the hospital when recovering from an attack by the Taliban.

ArtsBeat: The Richard III Diet: Wild Birds, Frequent Feasts and Plenty of Wine 
  Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:01:57 GMT 
    New evidence from an analysis of Richard III’s bones suggest that he lived like a king — a wealthy one.

Bookends: Can Writing Be Taught? 
  Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:00:02 GMT 
    Rivka Galchen and Zoë Heller discuss whether writing can be taught.

Books of The Times: ‘One Kick,’ by Chelsea Cain 
  Mon, 18 Aug 2014 21:47:01 GMT 
    In Chelsea Cain’s “One Kick,” Kick Lannigan, held captive by a pedophile as a child, is now a young adult who teams up with a mysterious investigator to save others from experiencing what she did.

‘Churchill and Empire,’ by Lawrence James 
  Mon, 18 Aug 2014 20:25:09 GMT 
    A study of Winston Churchill’s contradictions and passions and his long relationship with empire.

ArtsBeat: Book Review Podcast: Abandon Ship! 
  Mon, 18 Aug 2014 15:39:04 GMT 
    Hampton Sides talks about “In the Kingdom of Ice,” and Beth Macy discusses “Factory Man.”

German Authors Join Protest Over Amazon’s Tactics in E-Book Dispute 
  Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:33:51 GMT 
    More than 1,000 German-language authors have written an open letter deriding Amazon’s practices in Europe.

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