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Forster's lyrical plea for tolerance of homosexual love was so outrageous in 1913 that Maurice was not published until after his death in 1970. Compassionate, candid, and complex, Maurice anticipates by a century society's awakening gay embrace. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare
While critiquing American society's entrenched neglect of the mentally ill, Powers lays bare the deadly destruction schizophrenia wrought on his two sons. His heroic honesty and analysis of evolving treatments show crazy people can be cared for, and perhaps someday be healed. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare
America's deliberate entry into World War I, fueled by patriotism, jingoism, militarism, and pivoted by Germany's indiscriminate submarine warfare, is thoroughly chronicled by Wagner. The Great War's end result: America's emergence as a great world power, remains the foundation of international relations a century later. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare
From the Oakland Raiders to Julian Assange, from Kanye West to Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky, Klosterman scrutinizes presumed villains through the shifting lens of pop culture. What emerges is a nuanced, playful, and by no means black and white definition of who wears the black hat. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare
"I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth," the dying Lou Gehrig's unforgettable phrase spoken at a Yankee Stadium ceremony, catapulted a baseball player to heroism. Gary Cooper's modest and dignified portrayal of Gehrig in The Pride of the Yankees is revealed by Sandomir as a near-perfect match of a ballplayer and a star. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare