Category Archives: Reviews & Commentary

Interview with Gulam Parvi

Three Cups of Tea captured readers with its story of perseverance and self-sacrifice overcoming great odds in building schools in rugged mountain territory that most Americans would strain to locate on a map. The man at the center of the … Continue reading

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“The Devil We Know” by Robert Baer

by Josua H. Liberatore When I went to hear ex-CIA operative Robert Baer speak about his new book in 2008, I got a mixed impression of his journalistic offering. On the one hand, his former line of work, his fluency … Continue reading

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Enhancing Verisimilitude: “Waltz with Bashir”

by Joshua H. Liberatore The opening sequence of Israeli filmmaker Ari Folman’s haunting 2008 release, Waltz with Bashir, features a nasty congregation of angry dogs—mouths agape, fangs exposed, slobber spilling forth—running at full hilt toward an unknown destination, the canine … Continue reading

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Democracy in the Age of Television

Al Gore’s “Assault on Reason” and the Fate of the Liberal Tradition in America by Patrick Baker One of the greatest testaments to the character of modern democracy is Alexis de Tocqueville’s mammoth rumination on the great American experiment. Yet … Continue reading

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Beer: America’s Sacred Necessity

by Joshua H. Liberatore In Beer in America: The Early Years, 1587-1840, Gregg Smith delights historians and beer enthusiasts alike with a compelling account of beer’s critical function in the early life of the United States. Through nearly two hundred … Continue reading

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Species of Justice in “I’m Not Scared”

by Joshua H. Liberatore The opening scene of I’m Not Scared (Io Non Ho Paura, 2003) shows a lean, tan-skinned Michele Amitrano (Giuseppe Cristiano) sprinting through a field of golden wheat in Southern Italy. Stunning photography and color composition do … Continue reading

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Resisting the Total Explanation: Four Biopics

by Joshua H. Liberatore No other genre in film seems more familiar to American audiences in recent years than the biopic. The years 2005 and 2006 featured the release of such big-budget successes as Cinderella Man and Ray, both of which got Oscar attention … Continue reading

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