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***At Home in the World

by Daniel Pearl

edited by Helene Cooper 

Reviewed August 19, 2002.
Wall Street Journal Books, New York, 2002.  278 pages.

What more fitting tribute could a writer hope to have than a collection of his works?

Daniel Pearl is the journalist who was killed by Islamic extremists in Pakistan.  He was a Wall Street Journal reporter, and his friends, colleagues and family members helped put together this tribute to him.  The proceeds from the book will be donated to the Daniel Pearl Memorial Trust, to benefit his wife and child.  His son was not even born yet when this book went to press.

The book is fun and thought-provoking reading, a collection of his columns from the Wall Street Journal.  They covered a wide range of topics, both national and international.  They range from light-hearted, like the fate of the largest carpet in the world and the ins and outs of the bureaucracy of getting a car bought in California registered in Massachusetts to the serious like the genocide that was falsely reported in Kosovo.

This collection is worth reading, and a fine tribute to its author.

Copyright © 2003 Sondra Eklund.  All rights reserved.

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