Preet Bharara: ‘I didn’t call Trump back and it’s one of the best decisions I ever made’


This post is by Ed Pilkington from Books | The Guardian


Click here to view on the original site: Original Post




Fired by the president, the former US attorney has written his first book. He talks about if and when Trump will face justice – and why he fears for his own safety

Preet Bharara is used to dealing with bullies. When he was the US attorney for the southern district of New York, the premier law enforcement body in America, his office prosecuted Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law, Crips and Bloods gang leaders and mafia bosses. For going after the infamous arms dealer Viktor Bout he was banned from Russia, and the Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan once tried to persuade the then US vice-president, Joe Biden, to sack him (he didn’t). The TV series Billions is loosely based on his legal battles with a hedge-fund billionaire. As he puts it himself: “Neither I nor anyone I know was too afraid to prosecute rich men in suits.”

...

Acclaimed authors pen letter in protest at ‘forced resignation’ of Ian Buruma


This post is by Ed Pilkington from Books | The Guardian


Click here to view on the original site: Original Post




Joyce Carol Oates, Ian McEwan, and others expressed dismay over Buruma’s departure from the New York Review of Books

Some of the biggest names in English letters, including Joyce Carol Oates, Ian McEwan, Lorrie Morre and Colm Tóibín, have released a joint letter in which they express dismay at what they call the “forced resignation” of the editor of the New York Review of Books under a #MeToo stormcloud.

Related: Jian Ghomeshi essay on sexual assault trial met with backlash

Continue reading...

Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird, dies aged 89


This post is by Ed Pilkington from Books | The Guardian


Click here to view on the original site: Original Post




Author whose 1961 novel became a defining text of 20th century literature and of racial troubles in the American south has died in Monroeville, Alabama Harper Lee, whose 1961 novel To Kill a Mockingbird became a national institution and the defining text on the racial troubles of the American deep south, has died at the age of 89.
Lee, or Nelle as she was known to those close to her, had lived for several years in a nursing home less than a mile from the house in which she had grown up in Monroeville, Alabama – the setting for the fictional Maycomb of her famous book. Local sources were first reported by the news website al.com to have confirmed her death. Continue reading...