Friday, May 26, 2006


C.J. Chivers offers a stirring narrative in June's Esquire of what really happened when Chechen rebels seized 1,100 hostages, most of them children, in the Russian town of Beslan two Septembers ago. Chivers, who originally covered the terrorist attack for the New York Times, recreates the drama in "The School" through the eyes of some of the hostages. His skilled reporting reveals the kind of vivid details that make us feel like we're really there. The result is narrative writing at its best. You can read the first section of Chivers' story on the Esquire Web site, but you'll have to go to your local library or newsstand to read the whole thing.
Happy Memorial Day everyone. And thanks again to B.J. Summers for his help.


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