Atlantic staff writer Packer illuminates both beltway veterans and policy newcomers alike with his vivid portrait of senior American diplomat Richard Holbrooke, the only person to have been Assistant Secretary of State for two separate regions. From his early days in the Foreign Service in Vietnam, climbing the administrative ladder in Foggy Bottom, and negotiating an end to the Balkan Wars in the 1990s, Holbrooke’s unbridled ambition to become the most accomplished American statesman of his generation ultimately contributed to his untimely death in 2010, while serving as the U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. Classic Washington intrigue is reinvented in this page-turning journalistic biography.
This is a deeply researched, riveting, and devastating account of the Sackler pharmaceutical dynasty, from the first generation of three brothers followed by their children and grandchildren. Over decades, family members engaged in the aggressive marketing of drugs, culminating in the promotion of oxycontin, which fostered the opioid crisis. Patrick Radden Keefe, a staff writer for The New Yorker, draws on a trove of court documents and other material in portraying the Sacklers as consumed by greed and indifferent to the suffering they wrought. As much as the family maneuvered to evade accountability, Keefe leaves little doubt they knew what was going on at their company
Veteran journalist Elizabeth Becker tells the stories of three pioneering women war correspondents against the backdrop of the Vietnam War. Becker, who as a young reporter herself reported from Cambodia, describes how Frances FitzGerald, Catherine Leroy, and Kate Webb ventured from different backgrounds into war coverage—an area long dominated by men—and succeeded through their work and experiences to influence war reporting for generations.