Her book is released Tuesday.
Elizabeth Smart’s new book tells “what it was like every single day” of the nine months that she was held by two religious fanatics, she told Anderson Cooper on Monday. Now 25, Smart was abducted by Brian David Mitchell and his wife, Wanda Brazee, when Smart was just 14, and was held for nine months and raped and abused constantly. Smart’s book on the kidnapping will be released Tuesday. “I didn’t want to go 10 percent and sugarcoat the rest,” Smart said. “I want to reach out to those survivors and those victims. I want them to know that these things do happen, but that doesn’t mean you have to be defined by it for the rest of your life.”
Are you a football fan? This one book will change the way you view the NFL and the price players pay for your enjoyment and dollars. Kevin Fixler on why he can’t watch a game the same way anymore.
I'm unable to watch football these days as I used to. I desperately wish I could, but I just can't. And after you finish reading this book, you won't be able to either. The book is League of Denial, from brothers Mark Fainaru-Wada (co-author of Game of Shadows) and Steve Fainaru (2008 recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting), and it is one that the National Football League probably wishes was never written. The book explores the football factory that was the city of Pittsburgh, why it became the epicenter of the NFL's concussion crisis, and how an improbable character by chance flicked the first domino to set off a devastating chain reaction with which the league is still grappling.
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia believes in the devil. Do you? Religion professor Candida Moss on why the justice’s admission is common—and what the Bible says about devilry.
In an interview in New York Magazine, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia declared that he believes the Devil is a “real person.” Scalia went on to say—in a statement reminiscent of Baudelaire and The Usual Suspects—that the Devil is actively engaged in “getting people not to believe in him or in God. He’s much more successful that way.” Many, like Scalia’s interviewer, were surprised by his boldness. But the feisty and controversial Justice is on sure footing when he says that this is “standard Catholic doctrine.
The left today shouldn’t look to John F. Kennedy as a liberal pioneer. James L. Swanson and Michael F. Bishop on what the assassinated president really stood for.
Peter Beinart, in “The Rise of the New New Left,” makes a number of interesting and gloomy observations about voting patterns among millennials. But in the course of an otherwise enlightening article, he misrepresents the legacy of one of the most popular American presidents.In a discussion of “political generations” inspired by the work of the sociologist Karl Mannheim, Beinart asserts: “If you are in your late 50s, you are probably too young to remember the high tide of Kennedy-Johnson big government liberalism.
In her new book, ‘The XX Factor,’ Alison Wolf examines the rise of the working woman and why the beauty advantage has a real impact on office politics.
Just the other day, at a London event, I heard a well-known female columnist singing the praises of a recent program on the BBC. There had been three economists discussing the latest dismal news, she said, all women, and the moderator was female too. “And they were all so nice and polite and kept saying how much they admired the others’ work. Not like men would be at all.”Well, maybe. Perhaps the producers just failed to find a good cross section of economic opinion that evening.
In 'Women Who Don't Wait in Line,' Girls Who Code founder Reshma Saujani talks about running for public office and having the courage to fail.
In January 2010, when I officially announced my decision to run for Congress, so many years after first having dreamed the idea, I expected to feel an overwhelming sense of relief and excitement. Instead, to my surprise, I was racked with anxiety. Heart-pounding, ear-buzzing, stomach-churning anxiety. Often, as I was heading to important meetings, I’d find myself in a cold sweat. Why, now that I was doing what I’d always wanted, was I feeling so panicked? It wasn’t that I questioned my own commitment—I wanted this job to make a difference more than anything.
In the tradition of recent psychological thrillers, Fiona McFarlane’s new novel 'The Night Guest' unwraps the breakdown of a woman’s mind. Andrea Walker raves.
The unreliable narrator is a staple of recent psychological thrillers, from Gillian Flynn to S.J. Watson to Tana French. In these novels characters are untrustworthy because they are psychopaths, because they have amnesia, or because they are recovering from PTSD, respectively. Fiona McFarlane puts a distinctive and subtle twist on this trend, with results that are no less gripping. Her main character is a seventy-five-year-old woman, widowed, living alone in a remote beach town in Australia.
Two masters of the crime novel have new works: Jo Nesbo’s ‘Police’ and George Pelecanos’s ‘The Double.’
Police by Jo Nesbo. After starring in nine of Jo Nesbo’s novels, Harry Hole, a talented, troubled detective, needs a break from the violent world his author created for him. Oslo’s chill, humanity’s evil, and a violent, unsolved crime that struck too close to home had made this world seem too much like a nightmare. When he finally surfaces in Police, midway through the story, colleagues notice the laugh lines around his eyes, how happy and rested he seems.
After leading education reform for many years as a public official, education historian, and blogger, Diane Ravitch has emerged as one of the leading opponents of the movement. Ravitch, author of the new book ‘Reign of Error,’ talks to Lauren Streib about how reform has become a cover for privatization.
In 1991, Diane Ravitch was appointed an assistant secretary of Education by President George H.W. Bush, becoming a leader in the education-reform movement for the next decade, when she championed the No Child Left Behind Act that was signed into law by George W. Bush in 2002. But when NCLB failed to produce the results she had hoped for and assessment tests began dominating policy, Ravitch made a 180-degree turn, and she has spent the last half-decade fighting an apostate’s battle.
A new book sheds light on the legendary war photographer’s work in the fashion industry. See iconic images.
You may know Lee Miller as the legendary photographer who captured World War II—but she had a long and fruitful career in the fashion world as well. Miller, who was born in 1907, was multi-faceted: “a war photographer and a fashion model, a Surrealist and a witness with a camera at the liberation of Dachau and Buchenwald concentration camps,” writes Becky E. Conekin in her new book, Lee Miller in Fashion (out with Monacelli Press on October 8).
'Fear of Flying' introduced America to wife swapping, neurotic sex therapists and unabashed adultery. Jessica Grose talks to Erica Jong about why the novel feels so modern four decades later.
Forty years after Erica Jong coined the term “Zipless Fuck” in her 1973 novel Fear of Flying, the sexual exploits of heroine Isadora Zelda White Stollerman Wing still feel transgressive. For those of you who missed reading the seminal Fear of Flying during your angsty college years, here’s a summary: Isadora, a 29-year-old poet on her second marriage to an austere psychiatrist named Bennett, is looking for sexual and emotional fulfillment.
Alcohol is the modern woman's steroid—an escape from the demands of Lean In perfectionism—but that second glass at dinner comes with hidden dangers, says Ann Dowsett Johnston in her new book 'Drink: The Intimate Relationship Between Women and Alcohol.'
Is alcohol the modern woman’s steroid, enabling her to do the heavy lifting involved in a complex, demanding world? Is it the escape valve women need, in the midst of a major social revolution still unfolding? For many women, the answer is a resounding yes. Racing in from a long day at the office, an evening of cooking and homework ahead: the first instinct is to go to the fridge or the cup- board and pop a cork, soothing the transition from day to night with a glass of white or red.
A new book pulls back the veil on the widespread involvement of women in the Third Reich’s most murderous and brutal activities. An exclusive excerpt from Wendy Lower’s ‘Hitler’s Furies’.
The history of female killers—Hitler’s furies—during the Third Reich has been suppressed, overlooked, and under-researched. Given the ideological indoctrination of the young cohort of men and women who came of age in the Third Reich, their mass mobilization in the eastern campaign, and the culture of genocidal violence embedded in Nazi conquest and colonization, I deduced—as a historian, not a prosecutor—that there were plenty of women who killed Jews and other “enemies” of the Reich, more than had been documented during the war or prosecuted afterward.
‘To me heaven would be a big bull ring,” the cocky, manly writer par excellence wrote to his good friend F. Scott Fitzgerald from Spain in 1925, and outlines his version of heaven would be—including a house where The New Republic would be used for toilet paper.
To F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1 July  Burguete, Navarra July 1—Dear Scott—We are going in to Pamplona tomorrow. Been trout fishing here. How are you? And how is Zelda? I am feeling better than I’ve ever felt—havent drunk any thing but wine since I left Paris. God it has been wonderful country. But you hate country. All right omit description of country. I wonder what your idea of heaven would be—A beautiful vacuum filled with wealthy monogamists, all powerful and members of the best families all drinking themselves to death.
How do the underdogs of the world like David beat a giant like Goliath? Malcolm Gladwell answers that question in his new book, and Thomas Flynn speed-reads it for you so you can talk about it at parties.
Chances are you’re going to get caught in a heated cocktail-party conversation in the next few weeks about Malcolm Gladwell’s new book, David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants. Gladwell is lucratively good at raising a very general question and presenting a slightly counterintuitive answer—just counterintuitive enough to not seem obvious. He wraps up the package neatly with selective stories, data, and research. Witness the mega-success of his books Outliers, The Tipping Point, Blink, and What the Dog Saw.
In 'Across the Ravaged Land,' Nick Brandt captures the stone remains of wildlife that Africa is losing. Nico Hines talks to the ex-Michael Jackson video director about his haunting new work.
Two thousand years ago, the stricken population of Pompeii was buried alive in the red-hot ash of Mount Vesuvius; the result was a preserved display of human suffering whose intensity has been unrivaled in the intervening centuries. Strolling along the shoreline of a lake in Tanzania’s desolate Rift Valley, Nick Brandt encountered a modern version of that haunting scene. The British photographer’s otherworldly portraits of those statuesque figures are recorded in Across the Ravaged Land, the climax to a trilogy of books mourning the destruction of wildlife that once dominated the great plains of Africa.
From Daniel Radcliffe’s struggle to shed the specter of Harry Potter to the NFL’s war on brain science, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.
"The Snowden Files" by John Lanchester, The Guardian. When the Guardian offered John Lanchester access to the GCHQ files, the journalist and novelist was initially unconvinced. But what the papers told him was alarming: that Britain is sliding towards an entirely new kind of surveillance society. "Harry Who?" by Susan Dominus, The New York Times Magazine. A masterful take on the celebrity profile follows Daniel Radcliffe’s anguished, frenetic, and even dark effort to rid himself of the specter of Harry Potter.
Urban explorer Bradley Garrett spoke to Josh Dzieza about the excitement and the pitfalls of poking around abandoned subway stations, skyscrapers, and other off-limits sectors of cities.
Roald Amundsen reached the South Pole a hundred years ago. Everest is littered with oxygen tanks and suffers from traffic jams. But exploration is still happening around the world. It’s just that some of the most interesting expeditions are now much closer to home—right in the heart of the city, in fact. And the challenges aren’t just physical but social and legal: security cameras, trespassing laws, and the common sense that tells you not to jump into sewer systems.
Novelist William Boyd has the impossible task of conjuring up a new Bond novel, but can his effort match up to Ian Fleming’s creation? By Robert McCrum.
Two English misfits found in the Second World War the making of their oeuvre. For Winston Churchill, the Nazi threat gave a born writer the raw material of a lifetime. History, speeches, memoir, essays, the Nobel Prize.... in Churchill’s bibliography, the war is the gift that went on giving. For Ian Fleming, working just a few hundred yards from the prime minister, in Room 39 of the Admiralty, fighting the Nazis was a godsend. This restless loner had signed up with British naval intelligence soon after the fall of France.
Valerie Plame talks to The Daily Beast about her new CIA thriller 'Blowback,' love in the Agency, and her nuclear proliferation nightmares.
It's been 10 years since l'affaire Plame, one of the most notorious blown covers in CIA history, whose tangled web of intrigue snaked from the yellowcake forgeries of Niger to the halls of George W. Bush's White House. It's a twisted plot that would lend itself nicely to Valerie Plame's newest gig, penning thrillers filled with undercover agents and assassins, black-market proliferation networks and political machinations.
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