New PDF release: A Train of Powder

By Rebecca West

ISBN-10: 1566633192

ISBN-13: 9781566633192

Like such a lot all of Rebecca West's reportage, A educate of Powder ways nice literature. Written among 1946 and 1954, those bills of 4 debatable trials discover the character of crime and punishment, innocence and guilt, retribution and forgiveness. the center-piece of the publication is "Greenhouse with Cyclamens," a three-part essay at the Nuremberg trials written with precision, readability, and bold perception. She additionally stories on fairly brutal homicide trials — one for a lynching in North Carolina, the opposite for a "torso murder" in England — and the espionage trial of a British telegrapher. all through, the query of guilt evokes Ms. West to feats of mental detection in which unerring craftsmanship and a strong narrative experience mix to a excessive function — the pursuit of fact. "An surprising book.... As compelling as courtroom television yet with out the frisson of voyeurism (and with the compensatory satisfactions of West's breathtakingly lucid prose style), those dependent narratives remind us of the preciousness and fragility of our correct to trial through jury."—Francine Prose. "It is her certain magic to mix impressionism and precision, as though Monet and Ingres may someway be fused. again and again a passage starts off as a kind of iridescent cloud, and culminates in a diamond point."—Telford Taylor, Saturday Review. "Rebecca West...has raised journalism to a excessive paintings, respiring into it a intensity, a poetry, a subtlety, and an realizing and compassion for people and their never-ending follies and tragedies that supply it a sound position in modern literature."—William L. Shirer.

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It's the Real ThingI The July sightings had much in common, and, as Mr. " But still lacking were the multiple-witness, close-encounter types of sightings that we had 100 UFOs: Interplanetary Visitors hoped to document. The IFO nuisance continued, but there were a few more "unknowns" in August. During the early morning hours of the thirteenth, Donald O'Leary was gazing out a large, open window at the Nissen Baking Corporation. , he was startled to see a large, low-flying, noiseless, reddish tinged, white glowing object suddenly appear from above the building he was in and move downward away on a 45-degree trajectory.

7 Actually, both of us knew that the probable answer to this question lay in the accuracy of some of the witnesses' statements to the effect that the object had passed in front of distant hills. If this were indeed true, it would indicate that the objects were close at hand rather than fireballs located a great distance away. Many reported fireballs that appear to the observer to be landing just a few blocks away are, in reality, hundreds of miles away. I wrote right back to Hynek, stating that: This is one of the many UFO reports that are borderline cases.

This object was over that cloud in clear daylight I had my eyes off it for just one moment to apply my brakes as I was coming up on another car. When I looked up again, the object had vanished as if into thin air. I said nothing to my passengers about this for fear of ridicule. The month of August continued with the usual IFO sightings. The advertising plane and the bright star Aictums were added to « the subcommittee scoreboard. Then, it happened. A close-encounter UFO sighting in broad daylight at Deny, New Hamp- i shire.

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