Broken by Don Winslow

Don Winslow has been in the news a lot, over the last decade. His “Cartel” series not only painted a grimly realistic picture of the US war on drugs, but proved prescient about what to expect from narco kingpin Joaquin Guzman (El Chapo). More recently, his unchecked antipathy for the Trump administration has resulted in a barrage of challenges, fact-checking, and viral videos. While he makes for an astute social critic, Winslow’s twenty-one novels are likely to be his legacy.

His latest, Broken, collects six novellas, several featuring characters from his best known works. They all connect through themes of crime, corruption, loss and redemption. If you’ve never read Winslow, this is a good introduction to his style and preoccupations.

There’s no prerequisite to have read any of his earlier work featuring revisited characters, ut those that like thrilling suspense with a social conscience will likely go there next.

P.S. Power of the Dog and Savages, which was made into a movie by Oliver Stone, are two of my favourites.

Adult Non-Fiction Hardcover pr5287323

Win at All Costs: Inside Nike Running and its Culture of Deception by Matt Hart

A behind the scenes account of the Nike Oregon Project, coach Alberto Salazar, and win at all costs corporate culture. Much of this book is already widely assumed, if not known by detail: professional athletes using performance enhancing drugs, abusive coaches, big business with seemingly unchecked greed and power – and yet freelance journalist Matt Hart tells the story so well, this all reads like revelation.

This can be read as a business expose, a sports drama, athletic history or character study. While Nike has recently been making some changes (e.g. ending financial penalties for pregnant athletes), it’s still pretty difficult to stomach the thought of buying and wearing “the swoosh” after this.

Adult Non-Fiction Hardcover pr5627270

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