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Jim Wallis The Great Awakening

A progressive evangelical’s new book will put his fans to sleep.


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Jim Wallis’ previous book, God’s Politics , was a Book of Revelation for evangelical Christians whipsawed between the strident puritanism of the religious right and the alternative of sepa ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 30, 2008 MATT BUCKINGHAM

What Hath God Wrought:The Transformation of America, 1815-1848

A hefty new book telegraphs a vivid portrait of early 19th-century America.


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A shadow falls in the American memory between the War of 1812 and the Mexican-American War that ended in 1848. Where public memory—and high-school history teachers—have failed, UCLA histor ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 7, 2007 MATT BUCKINGHAM

Thirteen

The creator of Takeshi Kovacs returns with something old, something noir.


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Richard K. Morgan explores the oldest theme in science fiction in his new novel, Thirteen (Del Rey, 544 pages, $24.95). Science fiction writers have been tinkering with the idea of the scientifically ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 18, 2007 MATT BUCKINGHAM

A Thousand Splendid Suns

The author of The Kite Runner compares wars civil and domestic.


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Khaled Hosseini's first novel, The Kite Runner, struck a national nerve on so many levels it would be unfair to expect his second book, A Thousand Splendid Suns (Riverhead Books, 372 pages, $25.95), t ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 6, 2007 MATT BUCKINGHAM

The Ministry of Special Cases

A first novel about lost identity also loses readers.


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The challenge in writing a novel about Argentina's "dirty war," in which a military junta "disappeared" some 30,000 people between 1976 and 1983, lies in maintaining the suspense (or at least a glimme ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 16, 2007 MATT BUCKINGHAM

Christine Falls

A Booker Prize winner writes a smart, if predictable, crime novel.


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Benjamin Black is the pseudonym of Man Booker Prize-winning author John Banville. The Booker is a bit of a toff in the world of literary awards, limited to citizens of the British Commonwealth or the ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 21, 2007 MATT BUCKINGHAM

Power, Faith, and Fantasy

In the beginning, for America, was the Middle East.


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If the name Israel means "wrestles with God," then America must be Hebrew for "wrestles with the Middle East." American-Israeli historian Michael B. Oren's new book, Power, Faith, and Fantasy: America ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 14, 2007 MATT BUCKINGHAM

Sacred Games

Indian novelist Vikram Chandra shows the West how to write a crime thriller.


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If there is any justice in the book-publishing world, Vikram Chandra's Sacred Games (HarperCollins, 916 pages, $27.95) deserves to become a million-copy bestseller, alongside the next Harry Potter nov ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 24, 2007 MATT BUCKINGHAM

Thunderstruck

Popular historian Erik Larson can't make lightning strike twice.


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Seattle author Erik Larson's latest nonfiction potboiler, Thunderstruck (Crown, 463 pages, $25.95), tries to duplicate the winning formula of his New York Times bestseller The Devil in the White City. ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 15, 2006 MATT BUCKINGHAM

Fleeing Fundamentalism

A desperate housewife lashes out at conservative Christianity.


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Readers hungry for a rousing indictment of America's religious right on the eve of the fall elections won't find it in Carlene Cross' new memoir, Fleeing Fundamentalism: A Minister's Wife Examines Fai ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 11, 2006 MATT BUCKINGHAM
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