Steve Oney

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  • 12 years ago | Lists

    In October, Pantheon published my nonfiction book And the Dead Shall Rise: The Murder of Mary Phagan and the Lynching of Leo Frank. An investigation into two infamous crimes that occurred in Georgia in the second decade of the 20th century, the wo...

  • 14 years ago | Books

    Even in good times, the consensus has often been that the United States makes its way in the world by a sort of dumb luck, a position succinctly articulated in a comment attributed to 19th-century German Chancellor Otto von Bismarck: “God has...

  • 15 years ago | Books

    Photo by Archive Photos The scene was the University of Georgia’s Fine Arts Auditorium on a fall night in 1973. The occasion was a poetry reading. A sizable crowd more befitting a pop concert than a literary event had turned out, but then the...

  • 16 years ago | Books

    They gaze out at us, the victims and the victimizers alike, actors in a form of fatal public spectacle staged, according to numbers compiled by the Tuskegee Institute, some 5,000 times in America between the years 1880 and 1930. Jesse Washington, ...

  • 17 years ago | Books

    Art by Shino AriharaWhat a piece of work is A Man in Full! In form how satisfying! In action how compelling! And in apprehension how like, well, Tom Wolfe! Once again, American literature's 67-year-old enfant terrible, the author who christened th...

  • 17 years ago | Books

    Shino AriharaOver the course of four Sundays every October, in a packed arena surrounded by razor-wire fences and, in the distance, guard towers, the inmates of Louisiana’s Angola State Prison put on a rodeo unlike any other. The events, whic...

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