Books of Self’s Recent Life (to April 30, 2012)


Books About 9/11:

  • Claire Messud’s The Emperor’s Children (This is a novel)
  • Lawrence Wright’s Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11
  • Lawrence Wright’s The Looming Tower:  Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11

Books About Iraq:

  • Rajiv Chandrasekaran’s Imperial Life in the Emerald City

Books About World War II:

  • Nicholson Baker’s Human Smoke:  The Beginnings of World War II, the End of Civilization
  • Ben Macintyre’s Agent Zigzag:  A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love, and Betrayal
  • Hugh Sebag-Montefiore’s Dunkirk:  Fight to the Last Man

Collected Essays:
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Letter to the Editor, Feb. 4, 2012 Issue of The Economist

The reader wrote in from San Francisco.

    SIR — Reading about how near-starvation diets and vigorous exercise can boost longevity (“Worth all the sweat,” January 21st) brought to mind a remark by Clement Freud: “If you resolve to give up smoking, drinking and loving you don’t actually live longer — it just seems longer.”

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