book report

Just about the time you think you’ll scream if you’re confronted with another monumental biography, another epic movie, an enigmatic play about T.E. Lawrence along comes journalist Scott Anderson with a monumental tome, titled “Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of The Modern Middle East” (Doubleday, $28.95). Whew!

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I’m a big cemetery guy. Whenever my wife and I travel to Europe we look in a cemeteries, like Pere La Chaise in Paris, where we spent hours trying to find Edith Piaf’s grave or when we went to the incredibly moving cemetery at Ste-Maire Eglise where the D-Day troops are buried.

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I’m way behind in my coverage of the Scandinavian thriller surge in world publishing, not having even read a Stieg Larsson thriller, so I’ll try to make it up by reviewing a finely wrought thriller by first-time Swedish author Alexander Soderberg.

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