|As much as we'd like to forget the|
movie, some things can't be undone...
Try to live so that you can always tell the truth.
A good book about breaking from the past. Jonathan Safran Foer goes to Ukraine in search of "Augustine," a person who he believes saves his grandfather during World War II. The main character, Alex is enlisted to help Foer find Augustine. What follows in the novel is an interplay of the past with the present as the characters all attempt to come to terms with history. And the future. This book deserves a much more thorough review, but I've been sitting on it for 6 months, so what can you do? (Fun fact: this happens to be one of my special lady friend's favorite books and I just so happened to have purchased a signed first edition for her for Christmas; also, welcome to 50 Books, Brittany!).
|Lee Boyd Malvo|
This book was excellent. Background: Lee Boyd Malvo was one of the D.C. snipers. He was a kid, basically (17 at the time), operating under the instructions of an older male, John Allen Muhammad. The book follows Malvo's development from childhood into the D.C. sniper, and then through his rehabilitation. Fun Fact: Malvo was sentenced to six consecutive life sentences. What makes the book excellent is that it shows how Malvo was desperate for a father figure; how every time he developed a relationship with an adult figure, his mother would tear the relationship apart; how Muhammad swooped in and became everything Malvo lacked from other adult figures in his life. The book's aim is not to excuse Malvo's actions, but to explain them. And, without trying to claim Malvo lacked choice, the book explains why he made his choices. An important read for anyone interested in mitigation narratives.
Fatal Vision by Joe McGuinness
The Terror Courts: Rough Justice at Guantanamo by Jess Bravin
This book was excellent. Bravin goes into how the military commissions were set up by the Bush administration and who (more importantly who was not) involved. Bravin presents a compelling narrative, in which Cheney and Rumsfeld set up the commissions in a rushed power-grab for executive supremacy. The book also discusses how the line prosecutors coped with the numerous problems in the Guantanamo cases. I can't recommend this book enough; it reads like a narrative but presents the complexity of problems posed by incarceration and prosecution at Guantanamo.