I am a freelance writer and editor, working closely with authors and publishers to create a compelling and lucid final product.

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I am a freelance writer and editor, working closely with authors and publishers to create a compelling and lucid final product.

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08 PM | 05 Apr

The Killing of Osama bin Laden

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Author: Seymour M. Hersh Publisher: Verso Date of Publication: April 2016 Date of Review: April 2016 Seymour Hersh’s “The Killing of Osama bin Laden” goes beyond talking about bin Laden, digging further into the war against ISIS, Benghazi and concerns with Iraq, Turkey, Russia, China, and Syria. For readers of the London Review of Books, much of

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12 AM | 09 Jan

Under the Black Flag: At the Frontier of the New Jihad

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Author: Sami Moubayed Publisher: I.B. Tauris & Co. Date of Publication: December 2015 Date of Review: January 2016 “Under the Black Flag” is as prescient as it is well written. It is thoroughly researched, and provides the reader with an incredible introductory to Islamic sects and geopolitics, in addition to the history of ISIS.  Particularly well written for

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11 PM | 25 Nov

The Ottoman Endgame: War, Revolution, and the Making of the Modern Middle East, 1908-1923

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Author: Sean McMeekin Publisher: Penguin Press Date of Publication: October 2015 Date of Review: November 2015 I thoroughly enjoyed “The Ottoman Endgame: War, Revolution, and the Making of the Modern Middle East, 1908-1923” by Sean McMeekin. It rapidly addresses the intercontinental disruptions across the Ottoman Empire. McMeekin strikes a balance between military history and geopolitics, while writing a

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09 PM | 03 Nov

American Slave Coast: A History of the Slave-breeding Industry

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Author: Ned and Constance Sublette Publisher: Chicago Review Press ISBN: 9781613748206 Date of Publication: October 1, 2015 Date of Review: November 3, 2015 There’s no getting around it, “American Slave Coast: A History of the Slave-breeding Industry” is a difficult book to read because of the weight of the subject. Ned and Constance Sublette write a compelling history of

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07 PM | 30 Oct

We Believe the Children: A Moral Panic in the 1980s

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Author: Richard Beck Publisher: Perseus Book Group, PublicAffairs Book Date of Publication: August 4, 2015 Date of Review: October 30, 2015 “We Believe the Children: A Moral Panic in the 1980s,” by Richard Beck, is a compelling book about the satanic ritual abuse, childcare sexual abuse, and repressed memory scandals that rocked the U.S. in the 1980s and early

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08 PM | 22 Sep

The War Came Home With Him: A Daughter’s Memoir

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Author: The War Came Home With Him: A Daughter’s Memoir Publisher: University of Minnesota Press Date of Publication: September 1, 2015 Date of Review: September 22, 2015 “The War Came Home With Him: A Daughter’s Memoir” is a throat-clenching biography of a POW during the Korean War and an autobiography of his daughter, who poignantly tells her own story

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08 PM | 15 Aug

Gene Basset’s Vietnam Sketchbook: A Cartoonist’s Wartime Perspective

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Author: Thom Rooke Publisher: Syracuse University Press Date of Publication: September 015 Date of Review: August 2015 Thom Rooke’s “Gene Basset’s Vietnam Sketchbook: A Cartoonist’s Wartime Perspective” is currently my favorite book of 2015. Using eighty-six sketches in eighty-nine pages, Rooke and Basset take the reader through Dr. Kübler-Ross’s original five stages of grief while reflecting on the

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09 PM | 02 Aug

Not Gay: Sex Between Straight White Men

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Author: Jane Ward Publisher: NYU Press ISBN: 9781479825172 Date of Publication: July/August 2015 Date of Review: July 2015 “I began this study because I felt heterosexuality calling me to do something, repeatedly hailing me, flagging me down to tell an obligatory and erroneous story about myself.” (pg. 191) Later, Jane Ward writes, “I find both heterosexual and mainstream

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09 PM | 27 Jul

Exit Wounds: Soldiers’ Stories—Life after Iraq and Afghanistan

  Author: Jim Lommasson Publisher: Schiffer Publishing Ltd. ISBN: 9780764348938 Date of Publication: May 2015 Date of Review: July 2015 Reading Jim Lommasson’s “Exit Wounds: Soldiers’ Stories—Life after Iraq and Afghanistan” is challenging because of what it doesn’t say. Exit Wounds doesn’t tell you how you should feel about our current wars. You won’t walk about thinking, “I understand why

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