Lemonde Best Sellers

That Crazy Dick
By Jim Youk.
A bio of Dick Cheney in his college days.

A Simple Disaster
By Nananna Goldstein
How the first day of preschool can be a real disaster for your child.

I Ate the Bug but Sniffed the Worm
By Juan Thomas Pillay
How one man lost out on millions in the lucrative tequila market

Birdy Birdy
By David A. Letterman
Discovering bird watching in Iceland.

Lampshade Louie
By Buster Nutz
French Rapper Buster Nutz’s tell all novel about his relationship with Anna Nicole Smith from his days on the French Riviera hanging with smuggler Lampshade Louie.

I Met Steve Jobs
By Dina Dernstein
An elevator ride in 2004 with Steve Jobs changed the life of Dina Dernstein who is now one of the world’s leading experts in primevel gothic lore.

The Digital Hit Man
By Frank M. Ahearn
Privacy expert discloses how to use deception to create online privacy.

F**k the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
By Jeannie Rose
Punk singer Jeannie Rose shares her sexual debauchery and life on the road touring with the Pin Head Monkey band.



Shenanigans Magazine of New Great Books

1. The Stewarts, by Frank Tromper (Guild the Lilly Press.) An odyssey of Jon Stewart from the Daily Show, Patrick Stewart from Star Trek and the late great Jimmy Stewart deserted on an island and acting out Lord of the Flies.

2. Caledonia Smile, by George J. Bush Jr (Smash Hemp) Join Eddie Burrows in an adventure in smuggling hash in 1960’s Europe.

3. Don’t Cry for Me Billy, by Anna Cundert (Aligment LTD) The story of con-woman Robin Schorr and her fight for freedom in a Jakarta prison.

4. Will the Real Sharon Stone Stand, by Mortimer Johnson & Perry Smalls. (Rampart Stories.) Yo Chin a college student from North Korea tries to convince her friends Sharon Stone is going to come to her college graduation.

5. The Digital Hit Man, by Frank M. Ahearn (Lying.FR) Written by the author of the bestselling book, How to Disappear: Erase Your Digital Footprint, Leave False Trails, and Vanish without a Trace. In his new book, Frank M. Ahearn divulges his weapons for combating the digital enemy.

6. How Big is Your Monkey, by Alan Goozerman (Nit Pit Press) Tom a mild mannered postman decided that he wants to live the life of Charles Bukowski.

Financial Times Book Review


ESSAYFeb 10, 2012

Egypt and beyond

Euphoria has given way to impatience in the year since Mubarak’s fall, yet is it too early to lose faith in the Arab spring?

NON-FICTIONFeb 10, 2012

Anything goes

Brad Gregory’s ‘The Unintended Reformation’ is an erudite account of how the 16th-century religious upheaval paved the way for modern capitalism

FICTIONFeb 10, 2012

Alex Preston’s ‘The Revelations’

AN Wilson on a tale of City slickers seduced by a promise of spiritual awakening

NON-FICTIONFeb 10, 2012

Left Bank longing

Pascal Bruckner’s ‘The Paradox of Love’ is a deconstructive take on our ideas of romance and desire and obsession

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 FICTIONFeb 10, 2012

Finals countdown

A bittersweet hymn to the high jinks of student days, Ben Masters’ ‘Noughties’ is a caustic, street-smart novel for our times


Abbott, Elizabeth
Haiti: The Duvaliers and their Legacy

Ahearn, Frank
The Digital Hit Man
Reviewed by Frank Tromper

Alexis, Gerald
Peintres Haitiens
Reviewed by LeGrace Benson

Alexis, Jacques Stephen

In The Flicker of an Eyelid
General Sun, My Brother

Anvers, Paul
Of Rice and Blood

Apollon, Marlene Rigaud
Haiti Trivia and Haitian Art Trivia

Aristide, Jean-Bertrand
In the Parish of the Poor

Haiti: A Guide To The People, Politics and Culture

Becker, Stephen
A Rendezvous in Haiti

Bell, Madison Smartt

All Souls’ Rising
Master of the Crossroads
Master of the Crossroads A review by Ellen Canner in the Miami Herald

Bellegarde-Smith, Patrick
The Breached Citadel

Bentivegna, Joseph F.

The Neglected and Abused Reviewed by Robert Lawless
The Neglected and Abused Reviewed by Bob Corbett

Bontemps, Arna and

Hughes, Langston
Popo and Fifina

Bordes, Ary and

Couture, Andrea
For the People For a Change

Bradley, Marion Zimmer
Drums of Darkness

Brodwin, Paul
Medicine and Morality in Haiti

Brown, Gordon Toussaint’s Clause: The Founding Fathers and the Haitian Revolution

Brown, Karen McCarthy
Mama Lola: A Vodou Priestess in Brooklyn

Brown, Karen McCarthy

Tracing the Spirits Reviewed by Bob Corbett
Tracing the Spirits Reviewed by Robert Lawless

Buch, Hans Christoph
The Wedding at Port-au-Prince

Carpentier, Alejo
Kingdom of this World

Cave, Hugh B.
The Evil and the Lower Deep

Children’s books
Reviews of several children’s books

Condit, Erin
Francois and Jean-Claude Duvalier

Cooper, Anna Julia
Slavery and the French Revolution

Couture, Andrea
For the People For a Change

D’Adesky, Anne-Christine
Under the Bone

Dalembert, Louis-Philippe
The Time of Exile  Review of a French novel as yet untranslated. Reviewed by Abdourahman A. Waberi

Danticat, Edwidge

Breath, Eyes, Memory
The Farming of Bones
The Farming of Bones Review from Publishers Weekly
Krik?   Krak!
The Butterfly’s Way: Voices From The Haitian Diaspora in the United States.
The Dew Breaker

Dash, J. Michael

Haiti and the U.S.
Culture and Customs of Haiti

Davis, Wade

Passage of Darkness
Reviews of: The Ethnobiology of the Haitian Zombie;   Passage of Darkness;   and Serpent and the Rainbow reviewed by Robert Lawless
Serpent and the Rainbow

Dayan, Joan
Haiti, History and the Gods

Degand, Yolande
Always Comes the Morning

Depestre, Rene
Festival of the Greasy Pole

DesMangles, Leslie G.
Face of the Gods

Desquiron, Lilas
Reflections of Loko Miwa

Dohrman, Richard
Cross of Baron Samedi

Dupuy, Alex

Haiti in the New World Order
Haiti in the World Economy Since 1700
Notes taken while reading Haiti in the World Economy: Class, Race, and Underdevelopment Since 1700

Farmer, Paul

Aids and Accusation
The Uses of Haiti
The Uses of Haiti reviewed by Robert Lawless

Fass, Simon

The Political Economy in Haiti
Notes taken while reading The Political Economy in Haiti

Fatton, Robert
Haiti’s Predatory Republic: The Unending Transition to Democracy

Fick, Carolyn
The Making of Haiti

Galvan, Manuel de Jesus.
The Cross and the Sword

Gibbons, Elizabeth D.
Sanctions in Haiti:   Human Rights and Democracy Under Assault

Gillespie, C. Richard.
Papa Toussaint

Goff, Stan.
Hideous Dream: A Soldier’s Memoir of the U.S. Invasion of Haiti
Review by Madison Smartt Bell.

Gold, Herbert
Best Nightmare on Earth

Gonzalez, Juan
Roll Down Your Windows

Gordon, Leah
The Book of Vodou: Charms and Rituals to Empower Your Life

Greene, Anne
The Catholic Church in Haiti

Griffiths, John
Take A Trip To Haiti

Guy, Rosa
The Sun, The Sea, A Touch of Wind

Hassal, Mary
Secret History

Harris, J. Dennis

Holly, James Theodore
Black Separatism in the Caribbean
Notes on Black Separatism in the Caribbean

Heurtelou, Maude
Lafami Bonplezi
Sezisman! Pou Lafanmi Bonplezi

Hoobler, Dorothy and Thomas
Toussaint L’Ouverture

Hoffmann, Leon-Francois

Essays on Haitian Literature

Haitian Fiction Revisited

Howard, Thomas Phipps
Haitian Journal 1796-98

Hughes, Langston and

Bontemps, Arna
Popo and Fifina

Hyppolite, Joanne
Seth and Samona

Joseph, Figaro, Joanne

Johnson, Gyneth
How The Donkeys Came To Haiti and Other Tales

Kedar, Daniel
Haiti: Reflections

Laferriere, Dany
Two Reviews:  An Aroma of Coffee  and Dining with the Dictator

Laguerre, Michel

Military and Society
Voodoo and Politics

Lawless, Robert

A Research Handbook
Haiti’s Bad Press

Lawyers Committee For Human Rights
Paper Laws, Steel Bayonets

Lieske, Bob
View from the Other Side

Madsen, David

Maguire, Robert, et al.
Haiti Held Hostage: International Responses to the Quest for Nationhood: 1986-1996.
A review by Robert Lawless

Malone, David
Security Council Decision-making: The Case of Haiti, 1990-1997

Marcelin, Pierre and Philippe Thoby Marcelin
Beast of the Haitian Hills

Matibag, Eugenio
Haiti-Dominican Counterpoint: Nationa, Race, and State on Hispaniola

Mellon, Gwen Grant
My Road to Deschapelles

Metellus, Jean
The Vortex Family

Michel, George
Charlemagne Peralte and the First American Occupation of Haiti

Miller, Frances
“Tante”: The Daring Decades

Montero, Mayra

In the Palm of Darkness Reviewed by Bob Corbett
In the Palm of Darkness Second Review
The Red of His Shadow

Morand, Paul
Black Magic

Nicholls, David
From Dessalines to Duvalier

Orem, Wiliam.
Zonbi, You My Love

Pachonski, Jan and
    Wilson, Reuel K.
Poland’s Caribbean Tragedy

Pils, Richard and Winslow
The Caribbean Foul Ball Caper

Perusse, Ronald I.
Haitian Democracy Restored

Placide, Jaida
Fresh Girl

Plummer, Brenda Gayle

Haiti and the United States: The Psychological Moment
Notes taken when reading, Haiti and the Great Powers

Prose, Francine
Primitive People

Rahill, Guitele Jeudy

Rey, Terry
Our Lady of Class Struggle  Reviewed by LeGrace Benson.

Ridgeway, James
The Haiti Files

Rodman, Maia (illus. by Wilson Bigaud)
Market Day for Ti Andre

Roumain, Jacques
When the Tom-Tom Beats

Salinger, Steven D.
White Darkness
Shacochis, Bob
The Immaculate Invasion
A review by Robert Lawless

Schutt-Aine, Patricia
A Basic Reference Handbook

Schutt-Aine, Patricia
A Basic Reference Handbook

Shaw, Marian
Land of the Hunchbacks

Smith, Jennie M.
When The Hands Are Many: Community Organization and Social Change in Rural Haiti

Stein, Robert Louis
Leger Felicite Sonthonax

Tallant, Robert
Voodoo in New Orleans

Tarry, Ellen
The Other Toussaint

Telemaque, Eleanor Wong
Haiti Through Its Holidays

Temple, Frances

Taste of Salt
Tonight by Sea

Trouillot, Michel-Rolph

Silencing the Past
Haiti: State Against Nation   Reviewed by Robert Lawless

Turnbull, Wally R.
Hidden Meanings: Truth and Secret in Haiti’s Creole Proverbs

Weddle, Ken
Haiti …… In Pictures

Williamson, Charles T.
The U.S. Naval Mission to Haiti, 1959-1963
A review by Robert Lawless.

Wilson, Reuel K. and Pachonski, Jan
Poland’s Caribbean Tragedy

Wolkstein, Diane
Two Reviews: Bouki Dances the Kokioko: A Comic Tale From Haiti and The Magic Organge Tree and Other Haitian Folktalkes

Wucker, Michele
Why the Cocks Fight:   Dominicans, Haitians and the Struggle for Hispaniola

Icelandic Tribune 2012 Picks

The Atom Station, by Halldor Laxnes
Ugla, an uneducated girl from the countryside, moves from an outlying area of Northern Iceland to the capital city of Reykjavík in order to work for Búi Árland, a member of parliament, and to learn how to play the organ. She’s met with a world that’s completely foreign to her: politicians and the military move freely about the city, and she views city residents as spoiled, snobbish and arrogant. In contrast, she comes from a rural area where the Icelandic Sagas of the Middle Ages constitute the majority of what people discuss and ponder and are viewed as more important than reality. These historical backgrounds are certainly important and provide crucial patterns. The prime minister subsequently carries out secret dealings with the Americans and “sells” the country. Ugla, however, also confronts other current issues, above all in the organ player’s house. There, she comes in contact with communist and anarchist mindsets and likewise protests the construction of an atom station in Iceland. After a short relationship with Búi Árland, Ugla decides to return to the “selfconscious policeman”, who is the father of her recently born child.

Absolution, by Olaf Olafsson
When he died, Peter Peterson left behind the trappings of a seemingly charmed life: a vast fortune, two children, and a stately Park Avenue address. But he left something else behind: a sheaf of confessions about a dark period of his youth. In pages written weeks before his death, he reveals a crime of passion, committed in the throes of unrequited love, that has burdened him for his entire life. Yet as he finishes his story, he encounters a surprise that will shake the very foundation of his past. Spanning a boyhood in Iceland to the Nazi occupation of Denmark to a cunning business career in modern-day Manhattan, Absolution echoes Dostoevsky and Ibsen as it masterfully plumbs the darkest corners of a sinister mind and a wounded heart.

Tainted Blood, by Arnaldur Indriðason
Published in Iceland in 2000. The novel was first published in English as Jar City, but the title was changed for following editions (although the initial title is still used in the United States).

In the original Icelandic, the novel won the Scandinavian crime writers’ Glass Key award. Arnaldur Indriðason’s following novel, Silence of the Grave, won the award in the following year also, making him the first author ever to have won the award two years running.

The Digital Hit Man, by Frank M. Ahearn
The only book that teaches people how to create and use deception for the purpose of combating sites that violate your on-line privacy, be it scandalous information, negative information or the long-lost skeleton that digitally stepped out of the closet, now making your life miserable.

The Digital Hit Man is written by the author of the bestselling book, How to Disappear: Erase Your Digital Footprint, Leave False Trails, and Vanish without a Trace. In his new book, Frank M. Ahearn divulges his weapons for combating the digital enemy.

As a skip-tracer, Frank M. Ahearn has located thousands of people from all parts of the world, including celebrities, royalty and the infamous. Frank was the go-to guy for the UK tabloids in his heyday of skip-tracing, and prior to the phone hacking scandal. As a social engineer, he has obtained confidential phone records, bank records, airline records, credit card records and other sensitive information that he will take to the grave. As a disappearing artist, Frank operated his own private witness-protection program, and assisted victims of stalkers and others who needed to disappear from danger. Since there is no delete button you can use to rid negative on-line information, Ahearn now uses his skills of pretext and digital manipulation to combat the invasion of your privacy.

Amazon Best Sellers in Privacy

1. Understanding Privacy by Daniel J. Solove (Mar 30, 2010)

2. Nothing to Hide: The False Tradeoff between Privacy and Security by Daniel J. Solove

3. How to Be Invisible: The Essential Guide to Protecting Your Personal Privacy, Your Assets, and Your Life (Revised Edition) by J. J. Luna (Mar 18, 2004)

4. Privacy, Information, and Technology, Third Edition (Aspen Electives) by Daniel J. Solove (Nov 29, 2011)

5. How to Disappear: New identities and living under the radar, by Frank M. Ahearn & Eileen C. Horan (Sept 1, 2010)

6. I Know Who You Are and I Saw What You Did: Social Networks and the Death of Privacy by Lori B. Andrews (Jan 10, 2012)

7. Privacy in Context: Technology, Policy, and the Integrity of Social Life (Stanford Law Books) by Helen Fay Nissenbaum (Nov 24, 2009)

8. The Digital Hit Man: Creating deception to protect privacy (Lying.FR) by Frank M. Ahearn: (Jan 15, 2012)        

9. Privacy: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) by Raymond Wacks (Feb 8,

10. One Nation, Under Surveillance — Privacy From the Watchful Eye by Boston T. Party (Jul 4, 2009)

11. The Future of Reputation: Gossip, Rumor, and Privacy on the Internet by Daniel J. Solove (Oct 28, 2008)

12. American Privacy: The 400-Year History of Our Most Contested Right by Frederick S. Lane (Jan 11, 2011)

Germany New Europe Best Selling Books

1. Jesus von Nazareth: Band II: Vom Einzug in Jerusalem bis zur Auferstehung (Jesus of Nazareth – Holy Week: From the Entrance into Jerusalem to the Resurrection) by Joseph Ratzinger (aka Pope Benedict XVI.) The second volume of the Pope’s planned trilogy on the life of Christ enters the bestseller charts at No 1, just as its predecessor did in 2007.

2. Empört Euch! by Stéphane Hessel. German translation of a 93-year-old French diplomat and resistance fighter’s call for people to revolt against worldwide hunger, oppression of minorities, ecological damage (translated into English as Time for Outrage).

3. Verwesung by Simon Beckett. Translation of the Sheffield novelist’s thriller The Calling of the Grave. His novel Tiere – Animals – is also in the German top 10.

4. Ich weiß, wer du bist: Das Geheimnis, Gesichter zu lesen (I know who you are: the secret of reading faces) by Tatjana Strobel. Swiss perfume saleswoman turned pop physiognomist explains what a person’s face says about their character.

4. The Digital Hit Man (Creating online deception to protect your personal privacy.) by Frank M. Ahearn.

5. Blinder Instinkt by Andreas Winkelmann. German language psychothriller.