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John Homans

February 24, 2003 | The Book Review
Fair and Foul

Erik Larson’s new book balances beauty and terror in 1890s Chicago; Norman Mailer gives fiction lessons.

February 3, 2003 | The Book Review
Tears of a CEO

Grieving friend or calculating villain? The view of Howard Lutnick in Tom Barbash's new book, On top of the World, is still murky. But one thing is clear—he's a businessman.

January 20, 2003 | The Book Review
Voice Lesson

Richard Powers's The Time of Our Singing sings a ponderous tune—and those lyrics! Richard Sennett's Respect mixes sociology, memoir, and music interestingly, if dissonantly.

December 23, 2002 | New York Awards
New York Awards 2002

Vibrant, creative, edgy, demanding (only sometimes!), smart, funny. For this year's awards, we've chosen eleven New Yorkers who not only gave us their best but also brought out the best in New York. From Eliot Spitzer's determined drive to clean up the worst of Wall Street excess to Harvey Fierstein's monumental mom -- with a heart to match, in 'Hairspray' -- not to mention Tina Fey's irrepressibly irreverent humor, we salute their vision and celebrate our luck in being here at the right time and, of course, in the right place.

December 23, 2002 | The Book Review
Panhandle Annie

The hero of Annie Proulx's new novel is overwhelmed by the Texas-size characters in his supporting cast -- which is part of the fun.

December 9, 2002 | The Book Review
Furious George

Bob Woodward’s Bush at War gets the trees (Rumsfeld, Rice, Powell) right. But the forest—the war on terror at home and abroad—is as dark as ever.

November 25, 2002 | The Book Review
Hero, Heroine, Heroin

Kurt Cobain was a man addicted to contradiction -- among other things. And his journals are the daily diary of an American dream -- and nightmare.

November 4, 2002 | The Book Review
Money Talks

Managing a great fortune is a moral challenge. And David Rockefeller -- whatever you think of his accomplishments -- rose to it.

October 21, 2002 | The Book Review
Road Show

Dave Eggers sends two slackers staggering off to save the world by giving money to strangers. Genius? No. Shrewdly observed, multileveled, highly funny? Definitely.

September 30, 2002 | The Book Review
Natural Man

Steven Pinker aims to make the world safe for genetic scientists. But in debunking the idea of the blank slate, is he fighting the last war?

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