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  • November 4, 1999

    A Son’s Own Story

    If you are looking for a piece of new evidence that will finally vindicate or convict Alger Hiss with certainty, you won’t find it in Tony Hiss’s poignant father-son memoir, A View From Alger’

    Jack Gelber

  • August 19, 1999

    Living La Vida ‘Loca’

    Few Latino writers have challenged homophobia and machismo as fiercely as Jaime Manrique.

    George De Stefano

  • July 22, 1999

    Ex-Prom Queen Goes Home

    Thomas Wolfe wrote that you can’t go home again. Alix Kates Shulman disagrees.

    Beverly Gologorsky

  • June 10, 1999

    A Bookmaker’s Tale

    “The real money in books was going to be made not by writing or publishing but by buying and selling the publishing companies themselves.” Thus Michael Korda writes in his new memoir, Another

    Gayle Feldman

  • June 3, 1999

    Master of All He Surveys

    As the presidential election of 1996 got under way, the press began to report that Bill Clinton’s campaign strategy was heavily influenced by the advice of a shadowy figure who had no title in ei

    Jonathan Schell

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  • April 8, 1999

    Front Page With a Human Face

    Back in the fifties, before the term “new journalism” was coined, back when Gay Talese was writing minor obituaries for the New York Times, Tom Wolfe was a grad student at Yale and Joan Di

    Dan Wakefield

  • April 1, 1999

    Holocaust Denial: A Sequel

    The Case of Binjamin Wilkomirski’s Fragments

    Until the past few months, bestowing any Holocaust honorific upon Binjamin Wilkomirski, the author of the

    Harvey Peskin

  • April 1, 1999

    All the President’s Man?

    When Dick Morris announced that he would write a book to divert attention from his adventure with the toes of a call girl, George Stephanopoulos, the President’s senior policy adviser, was asked

    Stanley I. Kutler

  • March 18, 1999

    Part of Our Time, Too

    Given the late Dalton Trumbo’s various claims to verbal fame–highest-paid screenwriter of his day, most vocal member of the Hollywood Ten, polemicist extraordinaire, winner under the pseudon

    Dalton Trumbo and Murray Kempton

  • March 4, 1999

    A Partisan’s Review

    In A Partisan View, one of the many memoirs in which score-settling refugees from the glory days of the anti-Stalinist, pro-Modernist quarterly bite each other on their kneecaps and thei

    John Leonard

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