John Gregory Dunne (1932–2003) was a novelist, screenwriter and critic. His final novel is entitled Nothing Lost.

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Natalie Wood: A Life

by Gavin Lambert
Gavin Lambert was the first person in the movie business my wife and I met when we moved to Los Angeles in 1964. It was at a small outdoor Sunday lunch in Beverly Hills given by my brother and sister-in-law, both peers in Hollywood’s version of Debrett’s. There were six …

The Horror Is Seductive

Jarhead: A Marine's Chronicle of the Gulf War and Other Battles

by Anthony Swofford
Now all the youth of England are on fire, And silken dalliance in the wardrobe lies; Now thrive the armourers, and honour’s thought Reigns solely in the breast of every man. They sell the pasture now to buy the horse…. —Henry V The volunteer military has …

A Life Worth Living

The Growing Seasons: An American Boyhood Before the War

by Samuel Hynes
These are the books Samuel Hynes wrote between 1961 and 1989: The Pattern of Hardy’s Poetry, The Edwardian Turn of Mind, Edwardian Occasions, and The Auden Generation. Among the books he edited were Further Speculations by T.E. Hulme, The Author’s Craft and Other Critical Writings of Arnold Bennett, Romance and …

A Farewell to Arms

When I Was a Young Man

by Bob Kerrey
“Anything processed by memory is fiction.” —Wright Morris, in a lecture at Princeton, December 2, 1971, as quoted by Paul Fussell in The Great War and Modern Memory. Wright Morris was born in Central City, Nebraska, in 1910. NEBRASKA In 1851, Thomas Kerry, from the village of Trieshon in …

The Hardest War

With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa

by E.B. Sledge

The Soldiers' Tale: Bearing Witness to Modern War

by Samuel Hynes
“For most Americans, the war was about revenge against the Japanese, and the reason the European part had to be finished first was so the maximum attention could be devoted to the real business, the absolute torment and destruction of the Japanese. The slogan was conspicuously Remember Pearl Harbor. No …

Birth of a Salesman

Playing for Keeps: Michael Jordan and the World He Made

by David Halberstam

For the Love of the Game: My Story

by Michael Jordan
For thirty-five years, David Halberstam, an unsilent member of the Silent Generation, has contemplated America and its place in the world, casting his eye on big subjects—Vietnam, global economics, race, mass media, and the 1950s. Like Graham Greene, who, between his weightier fictions on sin and salvation and the transgressions …