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Chronicle of Ireland's "Troubles."

Book Critic John Leonard reviews Belfast Diary, the non-fiction account of the civil war that has flared through Northern Ireland. The author is Chicago journalist John Conroy.


Russell Baker Reflects on "The Good Times" and Bad

Baker's new memoir, a sequel to his book Growing Up, chronicles his career as a reporter during his twenties and thirties. Book critic John Leonard says that the story, like Baker's New York Times columns, twists and turns to explore the fraught inner workings of journalism.


Why is "Primetime Live" Live?

Television critic David Bianculli reviews "Primetime Live," ABC's enormously hyped live, hour-long, primetime news program featuring Sam Donaldson and Diane Sawyer.


Janet Malcolm Is Slinging Stones From a Glass House.

Book critic John Leonard reviews Janet Malcolm's controversial book, "The Journalist and the Murderer." The book questions the ethics involved in the trust journalists create in their subjects, focusing on the case of writer Joe McGinnis, whose book "Fatal Vision," was a portrait of murder suspect Jeffrey MacDonald.


A Good T.V. Newspaper Show.

Television critic David Bianculli previews "Capital News," starring Lloyd Bridges as the head of a Washington DC newspaper. It premieres this week on ABC.


Ms. Magazine Is Back with an International Perspective

After ceasing publication last November, the feminist magazine, founded by Gloria Steinem, is back on (at least some) newsstands. Book critic Maureen Corrigan praises its return and its inclusion of more diverse writers. But the changes comes at a price -- now ad free, the cost of each issue has gone up.

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