Travels with Doctor Death

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What was the true nature of the relationship between British king of moles Kim Philby and chief U.S. mole-hunter James Angleton? Who ordered the Watergate break-in and who was Deep Throat? Was Hitler's paternal grandfather Jewish? What really goes on in the sepulcher of Yale's secret society Skull and Bones: Did a young Henry Luce lie naked in a coffin and blurt the secrets of his sex life to 14 peers? Did George Bush wrestle naked in the mud as part of his inititation? Was JFK's assassination a mob-hit conspiracy or a KGB plot, and what was Angleton's role in searching for the diary of JFK mistress Mary Meyer in the wake of her murder? Eyeballing nuclear annihilation, a forensic psychiatrist who is a courtroom witness for hire and twin gynecologists who loved and hated each other, Rosenbaum ( Manhattan Passions ) lures the reader as he plunges with brio into the murky waters of popular American obsession. In pieces that first appeared in the New Republic , the New York Times Magazine , Esquire and Vanity Fair , Rosenbaum's inquisitive spirit sometimes is stifled by the confines of journalistic space and glossiness; his talents might better be displayed in a full-length book on any one of these topics.

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Journalist Rosenbaum offers an unusual collection of investigative articles ranging from "Oswald's Ghost" to "Tales of the Cancer Cure Underground." Originally published in Harper's , The New York Times Magazine , Esquire , and other periodicals, the 16 pieces are grouped into sections on public scandals, private investigations, and clandestine subcultures. The author writes, " . . . the mysteries I was attracted to rarely got solved in the old-fashioned sense, in part because the question at issue was often not 'Who killed John?' but 'Who was John?' or 'Why did John kill himself?' " He explores the bizarre, sometimes Twin Peaks ian subworlds in which we live, shaping clues and innuendo into entertaining, well-crafted examples of literary journalism.
- Jo Cates, Poynter Inst. for Media Studies, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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