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An intimate look at drug trafficking in Brazil (0)

August 30, 2016 • History, Nonfiction

A review of Nemesis: One Man and the Battle for Rio, by Misha Glenny @@@@ (4 out of 5) Journalist Misha Glenny’s exploration of criminal gangs and drug trafficking in Rio de Janeiro focuses on one favela (slum) and one drug lord. It’s a fascinating and surprising tale that pokes under the covers of the… Read More ›

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An intimate look at drug trafficking in Brazil (0)

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A review of Nemesis: One Man and the Battle for Rio, by Misha Glenny @@@@ (4 out of 5) Journalist Misha Glenny’s exploration of criminal gangs and drug trafficking in Rio de Janeiro focuses on one favela (slum) and one drug lord. It’s a fascinating and surprising tale that pokes under the covers of the… Read More ›

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Inside the fight for Israeli independence (0)

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A review of City of Secrets: A Novel, by Stewart O’Nan @@@@ (4 out of 5) A Latvian Jew freed from imprisonment in World War II internment camps makes his way to Palestine in 1948 and joins the Haganah, the Jewish paramilitary organization that led the fight for Israeli independence. His new name is Jossi…. Read More ›

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Russian agents under cover in the UK (0)

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A review of Breaking Cover (Liz Carlyle #9), by Stella Rimington @@@@ (4 out of 5) A prominent civil liberties advocate named Jasminder Kapoor is saved from muggers on a London street late at night by a passerby. Within weeks, she has fallen in love with the man, a Norwegian banker. There is something a… Read More ›

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My 27 favorite science fiction novels (0)

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I don’t read much science fiction these days, but that was by no means always the case. I devoured sci-fi novels as a teenager and for extended periods later in life, attracted above all by the sheer creativity the writers demonstrated in speculating about life and reality from new perspectives. In times past, science fiction was… Read More ›