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But a new book on the counterculture crusader attempts to dig deeper into the mission of writer Hunter S. Thompson, who pushed "gonzo journalism," a style of journalism written without claims of objectivity and with the journalist at the center.

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Special guests include journalists Christopher Dickey, John Avlon and Tina Brown, playwright David Hare, memoirist Margo Jefferson, Shakespeare scholar Stephen Greenblatt, historians Charles Spencer and Deborah Lipstadt, and federal judge and author Richard Gergel.

It should come as no surprise that when Jews began immigrating to another new land, the fledgling United States, their arguments burst into the open. Unfettered by Old World tradition, free to explore alternative theologies and modes of worship, Jews in 19th-century America grafted new ways onto old and shaped the modern Judaism we recognize today.

“Rampage,” James M. Scott’s third book on the Pacific Theater of the Second World War, is by far his most immediate and intimate. The war is agonizingly and microscopically close: the enemy soldiers, the Filipino and American citizens, the American generals. We see what they eat, what they wear, how they survive, how they die.

In “All-Night Party: The Women of Bohemian Greenwich Village and Harlem, 1913-1930,” Andrea Barnet succeeds in giving her subjects their individual due and making a case that, as a group, they represent a shift in consciousness.

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The Charleston Library Society’s Speaker Series will feature authors James Scott and Hampton Sides 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4. Scott will discuss his new book “Rampage: MacArthur, Yamashita, and the Battle of Manila.” Sides will talk about his new book “On Desperate Ground: The Marines at the…

C.J. Chivers, a Pulitzer Prize-winning correspondent for the New York Times, has taken up the puzzle of how to memorialize a war still being fought in his second book, "The Fighters: Americans in Combat in Afghanistan and Iraq."

Pat Barker's novel, a retelling of Homer's "Iliad" from the perspective of Briseis, a princess whose capture leads to her historical place as Achilles's "bed-girl," raises the stakes for all historical writing in that it reminds us to do as Abigail Adams urged her husband: "Remember the ladies."

Good first lines have the power to pull a reader into the story. Think of Herman Melville’s “Call me Ishmael.” Or Tolstoy’s “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”