Alibi V.13 No.27 • July 1-7, 2004 

Speed Reader

The Politics of Truth: Inside the Lies that Led to War and Betrayed My Wife's CIA Identity: A Diplomat's Memoir

Joseph Wilson
Carroll and Graf
hardcover
$26

When Wilson, a career diplomat, publicly pointed out the ridiculousness of Bush's claims that Saddam had attempted to buy uranium from the African country of Niger, the administration went on the offensive in the most heinous manner. The Justice Department is currently investigating just who exactly betrayed Wilson's wife's identity as a CIA operative, a betrayal that cost her her career. Wilson tells his side of the story in this important memoir.

Moanin' at Midnight: The Life and Times of Howlin' Wolf

James Segrest and Mark Hoffman
Pantheon Books
hardcover
$26.95

With one of the most distinctive voices in 20th century blues, Howlin' Wolf did almost as much as Muddy Waters to modernize and electrify the genre. Segrest and Hoffman have composed the definitive biography of the troubled, vitriolic singer.

The Twilight of Atheism: The Rise and Fall of Disbelief in the Modern World

Alister McGrath
Doubleday
hardcover
$23.95

At the beginning of the 21st century, atheism is threatened by the same kind of obsolescence atheists once said would destroy traditional religions. McGrath has already received plenty of critical praise for crafting a book on the subject that's both thoughtful and a pleasure to read.