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- February 2014: Forged: Why Fakes are the Great Art of Our Age
- January 2014: Full Upright and Locked Position by Mark Gerchick '73, P'13
- December 2013: This Indian Country by Fred Hoxie '69
- November 2013: The Partner Track by Helen Wan '95
- October 2013: The Forage House by Tess Taylor '99
- September 2013: Inferno by Dan Brown '86
- August 2013: Six Years by Harlan Coben '84, P'16
- July 2013: The Gods of Heavenly Punishment by Jennifer Cody Epstein '88
- June 2013 - Brothers Emanuel by Ezekiel Emanuel '79
- May 2013 - Cadaver by Jonah Ansell '03
- April 2013 - Masters of Disaster by Chris Lehane '90
- March 2013 - Schroder by Amity Gaige
- February 2013: El Iluminado by Ilan Stavans
- January 2013: Everything Under the Sun by David Suzuki '58
- December 2012: Arcadia by Lauren Groff
- November 2012: The Hidden Europe by Francis Tapon '92
- October 2012: The Price of Inequality by Joseph Stiglitz '64
- September 2012: Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet by Andrew Blum '99
- August 2012: Hitlerland by Andrew Nagorski '69
- July 2012: Dinner: A Love Story by Jenny Rosenstrach '93
- June 2012: Vineyard at the End of the World by Ian Mount '92
- May 2012: God's Jury by Cullen Murphy '74
- April 2012: Big Birthday by Kate Hosford '88
- March 2012: EyeMinded by Kellie Jones '81
- February 2012: 1493 by Charles Mann '76
- December 2011: The Vices by Lawrence Douglas
- November 2011: Don't Cross Your Eyes by Aaron Carroll '94
- October 2011: Come On All You Ghosts by Matthew Zapruder '89
- September 2011: The Pale King by David Foster Wallace '85
- August 2011: Scoundrels in Law by Cait Murphy '83
- July 2011: Terror and Wonder by Blair Kamin '79
- June 2011: What Should I Do? by Professor Alex George
- May 2011: Model Nazi by Professor Catherine Epstein
- April 2011: A Thread of Sky by Deanna Fei '99
- March 2011: Unlikely Allies by Joel Paul '77
- February 2011: Secret Historian by Justin Spring '84
- December 2010: The Best of Foxtrot by Bill Amend '84
- November 2010: Higher Education? by Andrew Hacker '51
- October 2010: Routes of Man by Ted Conover '80
- September 2010: The Facebook Effect by David Kirkpatrick '75
- August 2010: Innocent by Scott Turow '70
- July 2010: Simple Fresh Southern by Matt and Ted Lee '93
- June 2010: Ballet's Magic Kingdom by Professor Stanely Rabinowitz
- May 2010: Ecological Intelligence by Daniel Goleman '68
- April 2010: Andean Express by Adrian Althoff '04
- March 2010: Freefall by Joseph Stiglitz '64
- February 2010: Beautiful Creatures by Margaret Stohl '89
- December 2009: What to Read When by Pam Allyn '84
- November 2009: On Poets and Poetry by William H. Pritchard '53
- October 2009: Julie & Julia by Julie Powell '95
- September 2009: Rules for Old Men Waiting by Peter Pouncey
- August 2009: The End of Overeating by David Kessler '73
- July 2009: The Mirror Effect by Dr. Drew Pinsky '80
- June 2009: Art and Politics of Science by Harold Varmus '61
- May 2009: Hold Tight by Harlan Coben '84
- April 2009: Passing Strange by Marni Sandweiss
- March 2009: Skeletons at the Feast by Chris Bohjalian '82
- February 2009: Loneliness as a Way of Life by Tom Dumm
- January 2009: Painter from Shanghai by Jennifer Cody Epstein '88
- December 2008: The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff '01
- November 2008: The Most Famous Man in America by Debby Applegate '89
- October 2008: The Thing Itself by Dick Todd '62
- September 2008: Are We Rome by Cullen Murphy '74
About the Author: Andrew Nagorski '69
Pelham Manor, NY
Place of Birth
American international schools abroad before attending Amherst; also spent one semester at the Jagellonian University in Krakow, Poland (as part of my independent study program my senior year at Amherst)
Why did you choose to come to Amherst?
I was admitted early decision even though I did not ask for early decision. While Amherst was one of my top choices, that clinched it for me and I wasn't about to wait to see what happened with my other applications.
Favorite (most memorable or most influential) class at Amherst:
English 1-2, the last one under the core curriculum that was about to disappear.
favorite (most memorable or most influential) professor
A toss-up: Kim Townsend, who taught my English 1-2 class, or John Ratte, who taught Modern European History.
Shosha by Isaac Bashevis Singer (with one of the best opening paragraphs I've ever read)
Tough to say. Among my favorites are Graham Greene (especially his early work), Ryszard Kapuscinski and the poet Czeslaw Milosz.
Tips for aspiring writers?
Always look for material, the details that will make your writing come to life. Write often, and rewrite as much you need to. Never undertake a book project half-heartedly. You have to believe fully in whatever project you undertake--you have to want to tell this story. If you're only writing to chalk up a book, you'll hate yourself long before you're done and you may never finish it. And even if you do, you're unlikely to be proud of what you write.
Tell us a bit about your path to becoming an author.
Like most journalists, I always thought I might write a book someday, but what prompted me to act was a very specific event: my expulsion from the Soviet Union in 1982, which abruptly ended my stint in Moscow for Newsweek during the Cold War. I suddenly had a very personal story to tell, but one which also encapsulated many of the tensions of the time, both in terms of U.S.-Soviet relations and within Soviet society, where dissent was brutally suppressed. Once I had that first taste of book writing and the possibility it provides to spin out much longer narratives than daily or weekly journalism allows, I was hooked.
History, history, history, with special emphasis on personal stories
Awards and Prizes:
2011: Poland's Cavalry Cross from President Bronislaw Komorowski for coverage of Poland during Solidarity era
2009: Poland's Bene Merito Award from Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski for Solidarity-era coverage
2008: Finalist for Los Angeles Times Book Prize for History (for The Greatest Battle)
2002: 30th anniversary award from Nowy Dziennik, Polish daily in New York, for outstanding coverage of Poland during its years of struggle for democracy
1996: Finalist for Deadline Club award for best feature story for January 16, 1995 Newsweek cover story "The Last Days of Auschwitz"
1979: Overseas Press Club award for "Best business reporting from abroad" for July 17, 1978 Newsweek International cover story "Japan Versus the World"
1975: Overseas Press Club citation for September 15, 1974 Newsweek International cover story "Black Africa Moves South"