Four new paperbacks, from The New Press, have just arrived at RSB Towers: Dale Peck's Hatchet Jobs; James Marcus's Amazonia; Christian Parenti's The Freedom: Shadows and Hallucinations in Occupied Iraq (which an Amazon reviewer called a "superb study of a brutal, illegal occupation") and Esther Kaplan's With God on their Side ("essential reading for anyone concerned about America's direction under the second administration of George W Bush").

I know that Peck has ruffled countless feathers Stateside, but I'm still actually rather fascinated to read at least one or two of his supposedly quite brutal book reviews. Amazonia interests me because, for my sins, I worked for Amazon (the UK branch) for five long years. I think it is fairly obvious why both Parenti's and Kaplan's books suggest themselves.

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