The Devil Problem: And Other True Stories
Readers know from his now classic Lenin's Tomb that Remnick is a superb portraitist who can bring his subjects to life and reveal them in such surprising ways as to justify comparison to Dickens, Balzac, or Proust. In this collection, Remnick's gift for character is sharper than ever, whether he writes about Gary Hart stumbling through life after Donna Rice or Mario Cuomo, who now presides over a Saturday morning radio talk show, fielding questions from crackpots, or about Michael Jordan's awesome return to the Chicago Bulls -- or Reggie Jackson's last times at bat.
Remnick's portraits of such disparate characters as Alger Hiss and Ralph Ellison, Richard Nixon and Elaine Pagels, Gerry Adams and Marion Barry are unified by this extraordinary ability to create a living character, so that the pieces in this book, taken together, constitute a splendid pageant of the representative characters of our time.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - freudslip - LibraryThing
I bought this book because of his profile of Elaine Pagels. I bought all his other books because of his fantastic control of detail. He is in the top tier of New New Journalists. Read full review
The devil problem: and other true storiesUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Remnick, who won a Pulitzer Prize for Lenin's Tomb (LJ 6/15/93), wrote these "stories" about politicians, athletes, writers, and the news business for the New Yorker. The pieces are factual, but many ... Read full review
Winter on the Mountain Gary Hart
The Situationist Marion Barry
Negative Capability Mario Cuomo
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