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Published: Fri, 13 Jun 2008 14:45:41 GMT


You'll never look at a travel book the same again
Thomas Kohnstamm is nobody's model travel journalist, except maybe Hunter Thompson's (if the latter is watching from beyond the grave - or the cannon Johnny Depp used to distribute his gonzo ashes).

Book Critics Circle's finalists
Sorry, Thomas Pynchon (wherever you are). Maybe next time, National Book Award-winner Richard Powers. The National Book Critics Circle, the nationwide organization of more than 500 book critics, editors and reviewers, announced finalists in six categories for its 2006 book awards this past weekend, and neither highly honored novelist made the cut.

Who needs another book on Hitler? Even one by Mailer?
Imagine a different April 1945. Red Army troops pull a bedraggled Adolf Hitler out of his bunker rabbit hole. Before long the dentist is yanking back Hitler's head to inspect his teeth. For several years the former Führer alternately rants and ruminates to world media, his trial for crimes against humanity lumbering to its inevitable verdict.