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Tad Friend, a staff writer for The New Yorker, has had his articles published in The Best American Sports Writing and The Utne Reader's "Good Life" among other collections. He lives in New York City.
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Tad Friend, a staff writer for The New Yorker, has had his articles published in The Best American Sports Writing and The Utne Reader's "Good Life" among other collections. He lives in New York City.
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  • Cheerful Money

    Cheerful Money
    Me, My Family, and the Last Days of Wasp Splendor
    Tad Friend's family is nothing if not illustrious: his father was president of Swarthmore College, and at Smith his mother came in second in a poetry contest judged by W.H. Auden--to Sylvia Plath.  For centuries, Wasps like his ancestors dominated American life.  But then, in the '60s, their fortunes began to fall.  As a young man, Tad noticed that his family tree, for all its glories, was full of alcoholics, depressives, and reckless eccentrics.  Yet his identity had already been shaped by the family's age-old traditions and expectations.  Part memoir, part family history, and part cultural study of the long swoon of the American Wasp, Cheerful Money is a captivating examination of a cultural crack-up and a man trying to escape its wreckage.

    Lost in Mongolia

    Lost in Mongolia
    Travels in Hollywood and Other Foreign Lands
    Find yourself in the midst of a heated battle over a sitcom laugh track. Learn to get away with spectacular crimes. Get lost with the reindeer people in the mountains of Mongolia. In Lost in Mongolia a collection of Tad Friend's most original, witty, and wide-ranging articles and essays from The New Yorker, Esquire, and Outside we are taken on a cultural tour of global proportions. Friend reports from the entertainment mecca of Hollywood on topics that range from the life and death of River Phoenix to the widespread plagiarism of movie ideas, to why celebrity profiles are always dreadful. He critiques the larger American culture with articles such as White Trash Nation, In Praise of Middlebrow, and a brief rumination on what it means when your girlfriend steals and wears your favorite shirt. Readers will also journey to foreign lands and American outposts, as Friend goes on the trail of the Marcos dynasty in the Philippines, is harassed in Morocco, and digs up buried treasure in Sun Valley. Lost in Mongolia is a one-of-a-kind collection from a refreshingly candid and well-traveled journalist.

    Planet Killers

    Planet Killers
    A spine-tingling look at near Earth Objects,...
    It's the stuff of summertime popcorn films: rogue asteroids threatening the obliteration of Earth, and the plucky scientists and astronauts scrambling for ways to destroy or deflect them. Now here's the kicker: it's all real. Welcome to the fascinating, controversial, and sobering science of planetary defense, where NASA tracks thousands of the near-Earth objects hurtling toward us (any one of which could annihilate a city or continent), and a cadre of obsessed men and women rush to send gravity tractors and kinetic impactors into space in the hopes of saving humankind from mass extinction. Planet Killers is a riveting and hair-raising a story about the race to stop a doomsday asteroid from hitting the earth. It is the kind of story that everyone should read—while we still can! — David Grann, author of the bestseller The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon

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