In “Leningrad,” author Anna Reid recounts the siege and contends that the death toll would have been far lower under a different sort of government, one better prepared and more responsive to the challenges faced by the city’s citizens.
It’s been more than four decades since the last use of Agent Orange in Vietnam, but the impact of the U.S. military’s defoliation campaign is still being felt by the Vietnamese people.
In “A Thousand Lives,” author Julia Scheeres makes it clear that Jim Jones never intended for his colony in Guyana to succeed. In fact, he explored many different means of killing his followers, including loading them onto a jet plane and crashing it.
Since 1996 more than 5.5 million people have died in a conflict involving at least a half-a-dozen African countries, yet the carnage has gone largely unnoticed in the outside world.
The interstate highway system is an economic force and a marvel of engineering & safety, but also an engine of blight and sprawl, derided for its numbing sameness.
Don’t let the title deter you. Like failure, boredom is an unavoidable part of the human experience and deserves further consideration.