Since leaving the United Nations in early 2004, Scott L. Malcomson has been foreign editor at the New York Times Magazine. Articles assigned and edited by him there have earned many awards, including the Pulitzer Prize and the National Magazine Award. He is the author of three previously published books, including One Drop of Blood: The American Misadventure of Race (2000). He lives in New York City.
A fine piece of writing: moving, civilized, gently humanizing in its tone. A timely reminder that the way forward entails a rejection of [right-wing zealotry and leftist phantasmagoria], and that only by valuing ambiguity and complexity over simplicity and totality can the ideal of a civilized humanism be saved, and the ominous threat of terror and nihilism be meaningfully opposed. --www.nycsubwaynews.com-- (10/01/2010) Thoughtful, cathartic. --Journal News--Journal News (09/13/2010) Raw and urgent, capturing the sense of awe and confusion that swept over America after the [9/11] attacks. --New York Times--New York Times (09/13/2010) An urgent, tender book. --San Francisco Chronicle--San Francisco Chronicle (09/03/2010) Engaging...Mr. Malcomson's book is notable for his adroit weaving of personal anecdotes with media criticism and discussion of policy. In language that is often lyrical and sometimes breathless, Mr. Malcomson offers an intelligent and deeply-felt account of a chaotic period, imbued with the poignant wisdom of retrospect. --Prospero-- (10/15/2010) Malcomson's prose has a raw, sinewy feel to it, and the result is a deeply humane, pellucidly intelligent work about the world as it seemed, at least for a spell, to go dark. --National Review--National Review (12/20/2010) Riveting. --Foreword Magazine--Foreword Magazine (10/01/2010)