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book image Looking Back
Looking Back
Baker
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In these eleven essays, all originally published in The New York Review of Books, Russell Baker looks back on a group of iconic public figures from his own past.

book image Moura: The Dangerous Life of the Baroness Budberg
Moura
Nina Berberova
Berberova
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In this legendary biography, an unusual labor of love, Berberova paints a portrait of the ultimate survivor, a woman who made her life a triumph of fiction.
Contributors: Marian Schwartz, Richard D. Sylvester

book image Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist
Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist
Alexander Berkman
Berkman
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No other book discusses so frankly the criminal ways of the closed prison society, its homosexuality or extortion. No other political prisoner even remotely approaches Berkman's sympathy for what most of the revolutionaries refer to contemptuously as common criminals.
Contributors: John William Ward

book image War and the Iliad
War and the Iliad
Simone Weil, Rachel Bespaloff
Bespaloff
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These essays do more than prove the permanent relevance of Homer's great poem. They analyze the logic of war itself, and explore how intoxicating violence defines the human condition.
Contributors: Christopher Benfey , Hermann Broch , Mary McCarthy

book image The Autobiography of an Unknown Indian
Autobiography of an Unknown Indian
Nirad C. Chaudhuri
Chaudhuri
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The Autobiography of an Unknown Indian is an astonishing work of self-discovery and the revelation of a peerless and provocative sensibility.
Contributors: Ian Jack

book image Paris and Elsewhere
Paris and Elsewhere
Richard Cobb
Cobb
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Collecting memoirs, portraits of favorite haunts, appreciations of Simenon and Queneau, René Clair and Brassaï, and including the famous polemic "The Assassination of Paris," Paris and Elsewhere shows us a France unglimpsed by tourists.

book image The Age of Conversation
Age of Conversation
Benedetta Craveri
Craveri
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An award-winning look at French salons and the women who presided over them.
Contributors: Teresa Waugh

book image The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual: A Historical Analysis of the Failure of Black Leadership
Crisis of the Negro Intellectual
Harold W. Cruse
Cruse
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A landmark work of African-American thought written in a period of immense social ferment.
Contributors: Stanley Crouch

book image Letters from Russia
Letters from Russia
Astolphe de Custine
Custine
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The Marquis de Custine's record of his trip to Russia in 1839 is a brilliantly perceptive, even prophetic, account of one of the world's most fascinating and troubled countries.
Contributors: Anka Muhlstein

book image The World of Odysseus
World of Odysseus
M.I. Finley
Finley
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The World of Odysseus provides a vivid picture of the Greek Dark Ages, its men and women, works and days, morals and values.
Contributors: Bernard Knox

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