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American Theocracy and The Secret Way To War

Two new books call out more examples of the Bush White House's perfidy.

There is no shortage of books deriding the rank deceit, moral bankruptcy and gross incompetence of the Bush administration. But to appreciate fully how far George W. Bush has fallen in the eyes of a v ...   More
Wednesday, April 5, 2006 MATT BUCKINGHAM

The Madonnas Of Leningrad

Seattle writer largely misses attempt at true radiance.

The Siege of Leningrad is beyond the comprehension of 21st-century Americans, who have never known the horrors of war on their home soil. In a single, protracted struggle spanning two and a half years ...   More
Wednesday, March 22, 2006 MATT BUCKINGHAM

A Fool's Gold

Portland lawyer pens a colorful, Oregon-based caper, proving truth is stranger than fiction.

A FOOL'S GOLD By Bill Merritt (Bloomsbury, 280 pages, $23.95)Oprah Winfrey goofed when she picked James Frey's A Million Little Pieces for her book club. If she'd wanted to feature a true-crime "memoi ...   More
Wednesday, February 1, 2006 MATT BUCKINGHAM

Ultimate sacrifice

Ultimate sacrificeBy Lamar Waldron with Thom Hartmann (Carroll & Graf, 904 pages, $33)Progressive Portland radio talk-show host Thom Hartmann has co-authored the ne plus ultra of conspiracy books abou ...   More
Wednesday, December 21, 2005 MATT BUCKINGHAM

Team Of Rivals

Research outshines Goodwin's occasional illumination on the 16th president.

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham LincolnBy Doris Kearns Goodwin (Simon & Schuster, 944 pages, $35)Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln is Doris Kearns Goodwin's first ...   More
Wednesday, November 16, 2005 MATT BUCKINGHAM

Andrew Jackson: His Life and Times

H.W. Brands' biography presents Old Hickory with the bark off.

Andrew Jackson: His Life and TimesBy H.W. Brands (Doubleday, 620 pages, $35)Any single-volume life of Andrew Jackson will inevitably leave out the details and nuanced analysis that can so enrich a rea ...   More
Wednesday, October 26, 2005 MATT BUCKINGHAM


A former Oregonian writer finds magic on the shores of Puget Sound.

THE HIGHEST TIDE By Jim Lynch (Bloomsbury, 247 pages, $23.95)Onetime Oregonian reporter Jim Lynch's debut novel is a moving reminder that the Garden of Eden is not a mythical place but a planet covere ...   More
Wednesday, October 12, 2005 MATT BUCKINGHAM

The Shame Of The Nation

Savage Inequalities author finds U.S. schools still full of...savage inequalities.

The Shame Of The NationBy Jonathan Kozol (Crown Publishers, 404 pages, $25)If the United States were to apply the constitutional principle of equal protection under the law to public education, it wou ...   More
Wednesday, September 28, 2005 MATT BUCKINGHAM


Portlander Lesley explores the dynamics of father-and-son relationships.

Much of men's lives are spent learning the painful truth behind two of their most cherished myths. One is, "I am nothing like my father." The other is, "I can raise a son better than my father did."In ...   More
Wednesday, September 7, 2005 MATT BUCKINGHAM


New Patty Hearst novel reads like a history of the Partridge Family.

TranceBy Christopher Sorrentino (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 516 pages, $26)Christopher Sorrentino's second novel purports to be a fictional account of newspaper heiress Patty Hearst's involvement with ...   More
Wednesday, July 27, 2005 MATT BUCKINGHAM
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