| Sep 21, 2010
Presidents Jimmy Carter and Herbert Hoover might be bracketed together for a number of reasons.
Both were engineers by training, shared an almost theological faith in the chimera of governmental efficiency, believed effective management grew from close...
| Nov 3, 2010
| 3:19 PM
"Joe Louis: Hard Times Man"
By Randy Roberts
Yale University Press, 308 pages, $27.50
Joe Louis was a titan, the undisputed heavyweight champion for more than twelve years (and a record 23 title defenses) and, probably, the greatest American hero of...
| Oct 15, 2010
| 8:58 AM
"Last Words of the Executed"
By Robert K. Elder
Foreword by Studs Terkel
University of Chicago Press, 301 pages, $22.50
Robert K. Elder begins his oddly affecting, 'Last Words of the Executed,' with the final utterance of Marmaduke Stevenson, who was...
| Jun 17, 2011
| 9:16 AM
Just how bad is this particular bad guy?
You don't want to know.
Or perhaps you do, which is surely the case if you appreciate the thrillers of Karin Slaughter, an absolute master at describing violence, mayhem and the darkness that stalls and sours...
| Mar 27, 2011
Words & Ideas
Compiled by Grace Krilanovich
826LA Adult Writing Seminar Series: TV Writing: Panelists include Jane Espenson, Drew Z. Greenberg and Damon Lindelof. Meltdown Comics, 7522 W. Sunset Blvd., L.A. 7 p.m. $12-$15. (213) 413-3388. http:/...
| Aug 14, 2011
Words & Ideas
Compiled by Grace Krilanovich.
Georgia Jones-Davis and Hilda Weiss: The poets will read and sign their respective new collections, "Blue Poodle" and "Optimism About Trees." Diesel Bookstore, 225 26th St., L.A. 3 p.m. Free. (310)...
| Oct 7, 2010
| 6:00 PM
There is no greater joy than when an author whom you've long admired produces his or her best work to date. Already in this column's pages — real or virtual — I've sung the praises of Don Winslow for "Savages," his literary approximation of...
| Jan 30, 2011
The Betrayal of Equal Rights by the Supreme Court, 1865-1903
Walker & Co.: 242 pp., $26
In the years immediately following the Civil War, America appeared to possess the will and the means to end racial...
| Nov 12, 2010
| 9:44 AM
It already feels as if 2011 is shaping up as a tweener ye
ar for new rides and attractions at U.S. theme parks.
Last year saw the blockbuster debuts of Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal's Islands of Adventure in Florida and the "World of...
| Dec 14, 2010
The genocidal removal of Native Americans from their ancestral homelands is one of the most shameful episodes in American history. Over and over, A.J. Langguth reports in his unfocused but nonetheless scarifying account, U.S. presidents proclaimed that it...
| Aug 2, 2011
| 11:19 AM
After coming to a standstill on Tuesday morning, Tropical Storm Emily has resumed its march westward through the Caribbean. It also has strengthened slightly.
At 2 p.m., the system was about 215 miles southeast of San Juan, Puerto Rico, moving west at 12...