The Devil Problem by David Remnick
And Other True Stories

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Readers know from his now classic Lenin's Tomb that Remnick is a superb portraitist who can bring his subjects to life and reveal them in such surprising ways as to justify comparison to Dickens, Balzac, or Proust. In this collection, Remnick's gift for character is sharper than ever, whether he writes about Gary Hart stumbling through life after Donna Rice or Mario Cuomo, who now presides over a Saturday morning radio talk show, fielding questions from crackpots, or about Michael Jordan's awesome return to the Chicago Bulls -- or Reggie Jackson's last times at bat.

Remnick's portraits of such disparate characters as Alger Hiss and Ralph Ellison, Richard Nixon and Elaine Pagels, Gerry Adams and Marion Barry are unified by this extraordinary ability to create a living character, so that the pieces in this book, taken together, constitute a splendid pageant of the representative characters of our time.
 

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David Remnick was born on October 29, 1958 in Hackensack, N.J. and educated at Princeton University. He began his career at the Washington Post in 1982. In 1992, he became a staff writer for the New Yorker. Remnick's book, Lenin's Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire, won the 1994 Pulitzer Prize in General Non-Fiction. The work deals with the last days of the Soviet Union, which Remnick witnessed firsthand as foreign correspondent to Moscow from the Washington Post. Remnick is the author of other works including The Devil Problem (And Other True Stories) published in 1996 and Resurrection: The Struggle for a New Russia in 1997. His most recent work, King of the World: Muhammad Ali and the Rise of an American Hero, was published in 1998.
 
Published April 2, 2014 by Vintage. 448 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Pulitzer Prize winner Remnick (Lenin's Tomb, 1993) turns his attention to .

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A remarkable portrait gallery of rogues, heroes, politicos and creative innovators, this collection of essays, nearly all of which first appeared in the New Yorker, opens with an ironic look at Gary H

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Marion Barry, Gerry Adams, and others are profiled by the frequent New Yorker contributor.

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Pulitzer Prize winner Remnick (Lenin's Tomb) views Hart's withdrawal as self-martyrdom, and he also perceives morality plays in Washington, D.C., mayor Marion Barry's political comeback after his fall from grace following imprisonment on drug charges, and in the refusal of ex-New York governor Ma...

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