PositiveThe Washington PostFulminating comes easy to Rachel Maddow. What sets her apart from other serial fulminators is that she does it with facts — and sardonic wit ... reads like Maddow’s MSNBC monologues, piling outrage on top of outrage, peppered with breathless asides warning of Armageddon ... Maddow devotes a large section of Blowout to Russia, but it’s not what you might expect from an American writing about America’s nemesis...But Maddow goes deeper, deftly describing the sad truth that Russia and its citizens paid a steep price for Putin’s overreliance on energy ... Maddow doesn’t shy away from hyperbole...But we readers have to ask ourselves — is it really hyperbole?
RaveThe Washington Post\"In this magnificent and moving biography, In Extremis, Lindsey Hilsum, international editor for Channel 4 News in Britain, captures the clashing extremes of Colvin’s life: a disciplined journalist who often missed deadlines; a woman of extraordinary courage tortured by personal insecurity; a role model for aspiring journalists who, when the assignment was over, often drank herself into a stupor. This is not a hagiography ... Reading this book is painful. I thought about her and about other war correspondents with whom I’ve worked. At the end of my brief assignments, I always went home. For them, something in that chaos, and pain, and horror, kept pulling them back. I still don’t understand, not really. But Colvin saw it clearly...\