Two skilled and dogged journalists expand on their groundbreaking exposés in the Washington Post to produce an authoritative book on how drug companies, aided by doctors, pharmacists, lawyers, and politicians, intentionally and recklessly distributed billions of pain pills, fostering the opioid crisis. The book makes clear that the Sackler family and their Perdue Pharma were hardly alone in seeking to profit off the addictions of millions of pain medication users. It also highlights some heroic attempts to thwart such corporate greed and callousness—notably by DEA whistleblower Joseph T. Rannazzisi and West Virginia small-town lawyer Paul T. Farrell Jr.
Veteran journalist David E. Hoffman, author of three previous acclaimed books that drew on his extensive knowledge of Russia, shifts focus to Cuba in Give Me Liberty, but the story still involves a consequential and inspiring struggle against authoritarian rule. Oswaldo Paya was for years a leading voice of opposition to Fidel Castro’s dictatorship and formed a pro-democracy movement. He died in a mysterious car crash a decade ago. Hoffman’s account of Paya’s life is not only a richly detailed tale of individual courage, principle, and persistence, but also a penetrating examination of where motivation and determination to be free come from in people, what drives individuals in oppressive societies to assert themselves, and what it takes to secure liberties the rest of us often take for granted.
An engaging, insightful, and frequently entertaining book about a subject that has been a source of both much nostalgia and derision: the American mall. It's also a subject that a lot of us think we know something about—because we’ve all shopped at malls. Alexandra Lange, a design and architecture critic, admits to having been a bit apprehensive at first about approaching the mall as a subject of serious study. But she says many people were eager to tell her their own mall stories when they learned of her project. She describes the mall as “an architecture born to be malleable,” and tracing its evolution from the 1950s, she refutes the widespread notion that malls are dead.