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Volume II, Issue 26
December 21 - December 28, 1998  

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Coffee Table Books [4]
The current crop of coffee-table books strives to invite readers in, some are more successful at this than others.
— Claiborne Smith, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
Faces And Places [5]
1998's photography book offerings are heavy on retrospection.
— Margaret Moser, AUSTIN CHRONICLE

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Addictive Reading [2]
When Gary Webb broke the biggest story of his reporting career—about CIA complacency in Cenrtral American cocaine smuggling straight to the streets of L.A.—he got fired.
Devastating Truths [3]
Gary Webb's "Dark Alliance" series in the San Jose Mercury News so alarmed this congresswoman that she launched her own investigation.
— Maxine Waters, TUCSON WEEKLY

Now What? [9]
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till shopping? Page through Austin Chronicle's book offerings. Claiborne Smith bellies up to the latest "Coffee Table Books," including titles that offer peeks at U.S./Mexican border towns, street posters and the life and times of Buffalo Bill Cody. In "Faces and Places," Margaret Moser provides a snapshot of the year's top photo books, including a chronicle of boxing legends and Rolling Stone's take on the 1970s.

A stark non-fiction section zeroes in on "Dark Alliance," journalist Gary Webb's account of alleged U.S. government involvement in the drug trade. In "Addictive Reading," Tucson Weekly presents an excerpt by Webb himself. Rep. Maxine Waters follows with "Devastating Truths," her report on the charges. "History is going to record that Gary Webb wrote the truth," contends the California Congresswoman.

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Superman: Peace On Earth [6]
Alex Ross and Paul Dini's new rendering of the Man of Steel reminds us what superheros can and cannot do.
In the Details [7]
Finally, a collection of writer Jorge Luis Borges' work has arrived.
History In The Making [8]
Charting the evolution of children's books.
— Leonard Gill, MEMPHIS FLYER

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