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A Train of Powder

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West’s acclaimed account of a pivotal moment in twentieth century history—now available as an ebook

West’s exceptional observational skills shine in her coverage of the Nuremburg trials

Sent to cover the war crimes trials at Nuremberg for the New Yorker, Rebecca West brought along her inimitable skills for understanding a place and its people. In these accomplished articles,...more
ebook, 320 pages
Published December 21st 2010 by Open Road Media (first published 1946)
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Moira Russell
Justly famous for the long (long, long) Nuremburg New Yorker articles, but my favourites were actually the shorter ones about the flashy gangster's murder and the would-be Russian spy, which is like a Smiley novel in miniature.

(Reading old, lengthy New Yorker articles on the Paperwhite is sort of nightmarish -- there's no sense of pagination or even paragraphing whatsoever, it just goes on and on and on, and no way to check to see how much of the chapter's left, either.)
love loved, except for the hints of racism in one of last essays, and the recurrent appearance of "feminine" and synonyms as a negative (homophobic) description of males. of its time and all.

what i loved was the precision of description, as though she saw and understood all, and among the quotes i noted here's one i've returned to several times in the month since i've read it: "It was one of the events which do not become an experience." cutting!
other favorite:

"If a man stranded on a desert isl...more
This was a Kindle Daily Deal on Amazon, and advertised as being solely about the Nurnberg trials, which is why I bought it. But the stories about other criminal trials were just as compelling -- in fact, I liked them better than the second and third parts on Nurnberg. Although Rebecca West tends to wander off on tangents, her writing is always evocative, and it's more like listening to a fascinating storyteller than reading a book and wondering when the writer will come to the point.
Nowadays this would probably have been written by Jon Ronson, and would have been very funny but lacked the intellectual and emotional depth of West's writing - I wish there were more people writing like this now
With an amazing eye for detail and grasp of the big picture, Rebecca West gives us a front row seat to the Nuremberg trials and the players involved.. prosecutors, defendents, journalists, embassy personnel and more.
Alice Handley
Where does reporting become literature? I'd say about right here.
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Cicely Isabel Fairfield (21 December 1892-15 March 1983), known by her pen name Rebecca West, or Dame Rebecca West, DBE was an English author, journalist, literary critic and travel writer. A prolific, protean author who wrote in many genres, West was committed to feminist and liberal principles and was one of the foremost public intellectuals of the twentieth century. She reviewed books for The T...more
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