Even Darkness Sings: From Auschwitz to Hiroshima: Finding Hope and Optimism in the Saddest Places on Earth

Even Darkness Sings: From Auschwitz to Hiroshima: Finding Hope and Optimism in the Saddest Places on Earth

Thomas Cook has always been drawn to dark places, for the powerful emotions they evoke and for what we can learn from them. These lessons are often unexpected and sometimes profoundly intimate, but they are never straightforward. With his wife and daughter, Cook travels across the globe in search of darkness?from Lourdes to Ghana, from San Francisco to Verdun, from the monu Thomas Cook has always been drawn to dark places, for the powerful emotions they evoke and for what we can learn ...

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Title:Even Darkness Sings: From Auschwitz to Hiroshima: Finding Hope and Optimism in the Saddest Places on Earth
Author:Thomas H. Cook
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:1681778475
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:384 pages pages

Even Darkness Sings: From Auschwitz to Hiroshima: Finding Hope and Optimism in the Saddest Places on Earth Reviews

  • Todd
    Jan 06, 2019

    Thomas H. Cook, a crime writer from Fort Payne, Alabama, now lives in Los Angeles. His 30+ previous books are fiction, but in this out-of-the-ordinary travel memoir he blends personal experience and history to tell of the ?dark places? he?s drawn to visiting. He traces his intere...

    Really enjoyed this memoir, and loved hearing the authors perspective and reactions to visiting such dark places, some of which I've been to myself. The historical details and background info on each place is also well done, and combined with Cook's personal thoughts gives you a really...

    Generally, I?m not a big reader of travel writing, but come Christmas 2017 my beloved wife scoured the shelves of a Melbourne book store in search of a gift and found a title that - knowing my proclivities which she variously describes as morbid, or at other times in a more generous ...

    This is an unusual and dark book. I read it based on a review from the WSJ. It now makes me question the WSJ reviews. It was an awful book and one whose purpose escapes me. We have enough darkness in the world today why accumulate it, write about it and try to make a lesson of it. And ...

    Could have been so much better. Really just surface-level ?bad things happened here?. Author is incredibly ignorant of other cultures outside of his white catholic Midwest American world. Mumbled ?what a f*cktard? many times while reading this. Unnecessarily preachy in all the ...

  • Emily Kirchoff
    Dec 28, 2018

    Thomas H. Cook, a crime writer from Fort Payne, Alabama, now lives in Los Angeles. His 30+ previous books are fiction, but in this out-of-the-ordinary travel memoir he blends personal experience and history to tell of the ?dark places? he?s drawn to visiting. He traces his intere...

    Really enjoyed this memoir, and loved hearing the authors perspective and reactions to visiting such dark places, some of which I've been to myself. The historical details and background info on each place is also well done, and combined with Cook's personal thoughts gives you a really...

    Generally, I?m not a big reader of travel writing, but come Christmas 2017 my beloved wife scoured the shelves of a Melbourne book store in search of a gift and found a title that - knowing my proclivities which she variously describes as morbid, or at other times in a more generous ...

    This is an unusual and dark book. I read it based on a review from the WSJ. It now makes me question the WSJ reviews. It was an awful book and one whose purpose escapes me. We have enough darkness in the world today why accumulate it, write about it and try to make a lesson of it. And ...

    Could have been so much better. Really just surface-level ?bad things happened here?. Author is incredibly ignorant of other cultures outside of his white catholic Midwest American world. Mumbled ?what a f*cktard? many times while reading this. Unnecessarily preachy in all the ...

    Eloquently written, interesting, and enlightening but I prefer Cook's fiction. ...

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  • Amy
    Jun 30, 2017

    Thomas H. Cook, a crime writer from Fort Payne, Alabama, now lives in Los Angeles. His 30+ previous books are fiction, but in this out-of-the-ordinary travel memoir he blends personal experience and history to tell of the ?dark places? he?s drawn to visiting. He traces his intere...

    Really enjoyed this memoir, and loved hearing the authors perspective and reactions to visiting such dark places, some of which I've been to myself. The historical details and background info on each place is also well done, and combined with Cook's personal thoughts gives you a really...

    Generally, I?m not a big reader of travel writing, but come Christmas 2017 my beloved wife scoured the shelves of a Melbourne book store in search of a gift and found a title that - knowing my proclivities which she variously describes as morbid, or at other times in a more generous ...

    This is an unusual and dark book. I read it based on a review from the WSJ. It now makes me question the WSJ reviews. It was an awful book and one whose purpose escapes me. We have enough darkness in the world today why accumulate it, write about it and try to make a lesson of it. And ...

    Could have been so much better. Really just surface-level ?bad things happened here?. Author is incredibly ignorant of other cultures outside of his white catholic Midwest American world. Mumbled ?what a f*cktard? many times while reading this. Unnecessarily preachy in all the ...

    Eloquently written, interesting, and enlightening but I prefer Cook's fiction. ...

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  • Matthew
    Mar 27, 2017

    Thomas H. Cook, a crime writer from Fort Payne, Alabama, now lives in Los Angeles. His 30+ previous books are fiction, but in this out-of-the-ordinary travel memoir he blends personal experience and history to tell of the ?dark places? he?s drawn to visiting. He traces his intere...

    Really enjoyed this memoir, and loved hearing the authors perspective and reactions to visiting such dark places, some of which I've been to myself. The historical details and background info on each place is also well done, and combined with Cook's personal thoughts gives you a really...

    Generally, I?m not a big reader of travel writing, but come Christmas 2017 my beloved wife scoured the shelves of a Melbourne book store in search of a gift and found a title that - knowing my proclivities which she variously describes as morbid, or at other times in a more generous ...

    This is an unusual and dark book. I read it based on a review from the WSJ. It now makes me question the WSJ reviews. It was an awful book and one whose purpose escapes me. We have enough darkness in the world today why accumulate it, write about it and try to make a lesson of it. And ...

    Could have been so much better. Really just surface-level ?bad things happened here?. Author is incredibly ignorant of other cultures outside of his white catholic Midwest American world. Mumbled ?what a f*cktard? many times while reading this. Unnecessarily preachy in all the ...

    Eloquently written, interesting, and enlightening but I prefer Cook's fiction. ...

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  • Rebecca
    Apr 02, 2017

    Thomas H. Cook, a crime writer from Fort Payne, Alabama, now lives in Los Angeles. His 30+ previous books are fiction, but in this out-of-the-ordinary travel memoir he blends personal experience and history to tell of the ?dark places? he?s drawn to visiting. He traces his intere...

  • Justin Burnett
    Feb 14, 2018

    Thomas H. Cook, a crime writer from Fort Payne, Alabama, now lives in Los Angeles. His 30+ previous books are fiction, but in this out-of-the-ordinary travel memoir he blends personal experience and history to tell of the ?dark places? he?s drawn to visiting. He traces his intere...

    Really enjoyed this memoir, and loved hearing the authors perspective and reactions to visiting such dark places, some of which I've been to myself. The historical details and background info on each place is also well done, and combined with Cook's personal thoughts gives you a really...

    Generally, I?m not a big reader of travel writing, but come Christmas 2017 my beloved wife scoured the shelves of a Melbourne book store in search of a gift and found a title that - knowing my proclivities which she variously describes as morbid, or at other times in a more generous ...

    This is an unusual and dark book. I read it based on a review from the WSJ. It now makes me question the WSJ reviews. It was an awful book and one whose purpose escapes me. We have enough darkness in the world today why accumulate it, write about it and try to make a lesson of it. And ...

    Could have been so much better. Really just surface-level ?bad things happened here?. Author is incredibly ignorant of other cultures outside of his white catholic Midwest American world. Mumbled ?what a f*cktard? many times while reading this. Unnecessarily preachy in all the ...

    Eloquently written, interesting, and enlightening but I prefer Cook's fiction. ...

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  • Justin Burnett
    Jan 10, 2018

    Thomas H. Cook, a crime writer from Fort Payne, Alabama, now lives in Los Angeles. His 30+ previous books are fiction, but in this out-of-the-ordinary travel memoir he blends personal experience and history to tell of the ?dark places? he?s drawn to visiting. He traces his intere...

    Really enjoyed this memoir, and loved hearing the authors perspective and reactions to visiting such dark places, some of which I've been to myself. The historical details and background info on each place is also well done, and combined with Cook's personal thoughts gives you a really...

    Generally, I?m not a big reader of travel writing, but come Christmas 2017 my beloved wife scoured the shelves of a Melbourne book store in search of a gift and found a title that - knowing my proclivities which she variously describes as morbid, or at other times in a more generous ...

  • Vicann
    Aug 29, 2017

    Thomas H. Cook, a crime writer from Fort Payne, Alabama, now lives in Los Angeles. His 30+ previous books are fiction, but in this out-of-the-ordinary travel memoir he blends personal experience and history to tell of the ?dark places? he?s drawn to visiting. He traces his intere...

    Really enjoyed this memoir, and loved hearing the authors perspective and reactions to visiting such dark places, some of which I've been to myself. The historical details and background info on each place is also well done, and combined with Cook's personal thoughts gives you a really...

    Generally, I?m not a big reader of travel writing, but come Christmas 2017 my beloved wife scoured the shelves of a Melbourne book store in search of a gift and found a title that - knowing my proclivities which she variously describes as morbid, or at other times in a more generous ...

    This is an unusual and dark book. I read it based on a review from the WSJ. It now makes me question the WSJ reviews. It was an awful book and one whose purpose escapes me. We have enough darkness in the world today why accumulate it, write about it and try to make a lesson of it. And ...

    Could have been so much better. Really just surface-level ?bad things happened here?. Author is incredibly ignorant of other cultures outside of his white catholic Midwest American world. Mumbled ?what a f*cktard? many times while reading this. Unnecessarily preachy in all the ...

    Eloquently written, interesting, and enlightening but I prefer Cook's fiction. ...

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  • Karen
    Jan 21, 2019

    Thomas H. Cook, a crime writer from Fort Payne, Alabama, now lives in Los Angeles. His 30+ previous books are fiction, but in this out-of-the-ordinary travel memoir he blends personal experience and history to tell of the ?dark places? he?s drawn to visiting. He traces his intere...

    Really enjoyed this memoir, and loved hearing the authors perspective and reactions to visiting such dark places, some of which I've been to myself. The historical details and background info on each place is also well done, and combined with Cook's personal thoughts gives you a really...

    Generally, I?m not a big reader of travel writing, but come Christmas 2017 my beloved wife scoured the shelves of a Melbourne book store in search of a gift and found a title that - knowing my proclivities which she variously describes as morbid, or at other times in a more generous ...

    This is an unusual and dark book. I read it based on a review from the WSJ. It now makes me question the WSJ reviews. It was an awful book and one whose purpose escapes me. We have enough darkness in the world today why accumulate it, write about it and try to make a lesson of it. And ...

    Could have been so much better. Really just surface-level ?bad things happened here?. Author is incredibly ignorant of other cultures outside of his white catholic Midwest American world. Mumbled ?what a f*cktard? many times while reading this. Unnecessarily preachy in all the ...

    Eloquently written, interesting, and enlightening but I prefer Cook's fiction. ...

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  • Sheila
    Dec 20, 2018

    Thomas H. Cook, a crime writer from Fort Payne, Alabama, now lives in Los Angeles. His 30+ previous books are fiction, but in this out-of-the-ordinary travel memoir he blends personal experience and history to tell of the ?dark places? he?s drawn to visiting. He traces his intere...

    Really enjoyed this memoir, and loved hearing the authors perspective and reactions to visiting such dark places, some of which I've been to myself. The historical details and background info on each place is also well done, and combined with Cook's personal thoughts gives you a really...

    Generally, I?m not a big reader of travel writing, but come Christmas 2017 my beloved wife scoured the shelves of a Melbourne book store in search of a gift and found a title that - knowing my proclivities which she variously describes as morbid, or at other times in a more generous ...

    This is an unusual and dark book. I read it based on a review from the WSJ. It now makes me question the WSJ reviews. It was an awful book and one whose purpose escapes me. We have enough darkness in the world today why accumulate it, write about it and try to make a lesson of it. And ...

    Could have been so much better. Really just surface-level ?bad things happened here?. Author is incredibly ignorant of other cultures outside of his white catholic Midwest American world. Mumbled ?what a f*cktard? many times while reading this. Unnecessarily preachy in all the ...

    Eloquently written, interesting, and enlightening but I prefer Cook's fiction. ...

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  • Karan
    Apr 12, 2017

    Thomas H. Cook, a crime writer from Fort Payne, Alabama, now lives in Los Angeles. His 30+ previous books are fiction, but in this out-of-the-ordinary travel memoir he blends personal experience and history to tell of the ?dark places? he?s drawn to visiting. He traces his intere...

    Really enjoyed this memoir, and loved hearing the authors perspective and reactions to visiting such dark places, some of which I've been to myself. The historical details and background info on each place is also well done, and combined with Cook's personal thoughts gives you a really...

    Generally, I?m not a big reader of travel writing, but come Christmas 2017 my beloved wife scoured the shelves of a Melbourne book store in search of a gift and found a title that - knowing my proclivities which she variously describes as morbid, or at other times in a more generous ...

    This is an unusual and dark book. I read it based on a review from the WSJ. It now makes me question the WSJ reviews. It was an awful book and one whose purpose escapes me. We have enough darkness in the world today why accumulate it, write about it and try to make a lesson of it. And ...

    Could have been so much better. Really just surface-level ?bad things happened here?. Author is incredibly ignorant of other cultures outside of his white catholic Midwest American world. Mumbled ?what a f*cktard? many times while reading this. Unnecessarily preachy in all the ...

    Eloquently written, interesting, and enlightening but I prefer Cook's fiction. ...

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  • David
    Feb 04, 2019

    Thomas H. Cook, a crime writer from Fort Payne, Alabama, now lives in Los Angeles. His 30+ previous books are fiction, but in this out-of-the-ordinary travel memoir he blends personal experience and history to tell of the ?dark places? he?s drawn to visiting. He traces his intere...

    Really enjoyed this memoir, and loved hearing the authors perspective and reactions to visiting such dark places, some of which I've been to myself. The historical details and background info on each place is also well done, and combined with Cook's personal thoughts gives you a really...

    Generally, I?m not a big reader of travel writing, but come Christmas 2017 my beloved wife scoured the shelves of a Melbourne book store in search of a gift and found a title that - knowing my proclivities which she variously describes as morbid, or at other times in a more generous ...

    This is an unusual and dark book. I read it based on a review from the WSJ. It now makes me question the WSJ reviews. It was an awful book and one whose purpose escapes me. We have enough darkness in the world today why accumulate it, write about it and try to make a lesson of it. And ...

    Could have been so much better. Really just surface-level ?bad things happened here?. Author is incredibly ignorant of other cultures outside of his white catholic Midwest American world. Mumbled ?what a f*cktard? many times while reading this. Unnecessarily preachy in all the ...

    Eloquently written, interesting, and enlightening but I prefer Cook's fiction. ...

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  • Stacey
    Sep 01, 2018

    Thomas H. Cook, a crime writer from Fort Payne, Alabama, now lives in Los Angeles. His 30+ previous books are fiction, but in this out-of-the-ordinary travel memoir he blends personal experience and history to tell of the ?dark places? he?s drawn to visiting. He traces his intere...

    Really enjoyed this memoir, and loved hearing the authors perspective and reactions to visiting such dark places, some of which I've been to myself. The historical details and background info on each place is also well done, and combined with Cook's personal thoughts gives you a really...

    Generally, I?m not a big reader of travel writing, but come Christmas 2017 my beloved wife scoured the shelves of a Melbourne book store in search of a gift and found a title that - knowing my proclivities which she variously describes as morbid, or at other times in a more generous ...

    This is an unusual and dark book. I read it based on a review from the WSJ. It now makes me question the WSJ reviews. It was an awful book and one whose purpose escapes me. We have enough darkness in the world today why accumulate it, write about it and try to make a lesson of it. And ...

    Could have been so much better. Really just surface-level ?bad things happened here?. Author is incredibly ignorant of other cultures outside of his white catholic Midwest American world. Mumbled ?what a f*cktard? many times while reading this. Unnecessarily preachy in all the ...

    Eloquently written, interesting, and enlightening but I prefer Cook's fiction. ...

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  • Paul
    Jan 31, 2019

    Thomas H. Cook, a crime writer from Fort Payne, Alabama, now lives in Los Angeles. His 30+ previous books are fiction, but in this out-of-the-ordinary travel memoir he blends personal experience and history to tell of the ?dark places? he?s drawn to visiting. He traces his intere...

    Really enjoyed this memoir, and loved hearing the authors perspective and reactions to visiting such dark places, some of which I've been to myself. The historical details and background info on each place is also well done, and combined with Cook's personal thoughts gives you a really...

    Generally, I?m not a big reader of travel writing, but come Christmas 2017 my beloved wife scoured the shelves of a Melbourne book store in search of a gift and found a title that - knowing my proclivities which she variously describes as morbid, or at other times in a more generous ...

    This is an unusual and dark book. I read it based on a review from the WSJ. It now makes me question the WSJ reviews. It was an awful book and one whose purpose escapes me. We have enough darkness in the world today why accumulate it, write about it and try to make a lesson of it. And ...

    Could have been so much better. Really just surface-level ?bad things happened here?. Author is incredibly ignorant of other cultures outside of his white catholic Midwest American world. Mumbled ?what a f*cktard? many times while reading this. Unnecessarily preachy in all the ...

    Eloquently written, interesting, and enlightening but I prefer Cook's fiction. ...

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  • Jessica Kimbrell
    Jan 28, 2019

    Thomas H. Cook, a crime writer from Fort Payne, Alabama, now lives in Los Angeles. His 30+ previous books are fiction, but in this out-of-the-ordinary travel memoir he blends personal experience and history to tell of the ?dark places? he?s drawn to visiting. He traces his intere...

    Really enjoyed this memoir, and loved hearing the authors perspective and reactions to visiting such dark places, some of which I've been to myself. The historical details and background info on each place is also well done, and combined with Cook's personal thoughts gives you a really...

    Generally, I?m not a big reader of travel writing, but come Christmas 2017 my beloved wife scoured the shelves of a Melbourne book store in search of a gift and found a title that - knowing my proclivities which she variously describes as morbid, or at other times in a more generous ...

    This is an unusual and dark book. I read it based on a review from the WSJ. It now makes me question the WSJ reviews. It was an awful book and one whose purpose escapes me. We have enough darkness in the world today why accumulate it, write about it and try to make a lesson of it. And ...

    Could have been so much better. Really just surface-level ?bad things happened here?. Author is incredibly ignorant of other cultures outside of his white catholic Midwest American world. Mumbled ?what a f*cktard? many times while reading this. Unnecessarily preachy in all the ...

    Eloquently written, interesting, and enlightening but I prefer Cook's fiction. ...

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  • Ruth Jones
    Jul 31, 2017

    Thomas H. Cook, a crime writer from Fort Payne, Alabama, now lives in Los Angeles. His 30+ previous books are fiction, but in this out-of-the-ordinary travel memoir he blends personal experience and history to tell of the ?dark places? he?s drawn to visiting. He traces his intere...

    Really enjoyed this memoir, and loved hearing the authors perspective and reactions to visiting such dark places, some of which I've been to myself. The historical details and background info on each place is also well done, and combined with Cook's personal thoughts gives you a really...

    Generally, I?m not a big reader of travel writing, but come Christmas 2017 my beloved wife scoured the shelves of a Melbourne book store in search of a gift and found a title that - knowing my proclivities which she variously describes as morbid, or at other times in a more generous ...

    This is an unusual and dark book. I read it based on a review from the WSJ. It now makes me question the WSJ reviews. It was an awful book and one whose purpose escapes me. We have enough darkness in the world today why accumulate it, write about it and try to make a lesson of it. And ...

    Could have been so much better. Really just surface-level ?bad things happened here?. Author is incredibly ignorant of other cultures outside of his white catholic Midwest American world. Mumbled ?what a f*cktard? many times while reading this. Unnecessarily preachy in all the ...

    Eloquently written, interesting, and enlightening but I prefer Cook's fiction. ...

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  • Louise Mullins
    Jul 01, 2018

    Thomas H. Cook, a crime writer from Fort Payne, Alabama, now lives in Los Angeles. His 30+ previous books are fiction, but in this out-of-the-ordinary travel memoir he blends personal experience and history to tell of the ?dark places? he?s drawn to visiting. He traces his intere...

    Really enjoyed this memoir, and loved hearing the authors perspective and reactions to visiting such dark places, some of which I've been to myself. The historical details and background info on each place is also well done, and combined with Cook's personal thoughts gives you a really...

    Generally, I?m not a big reader of travel writing, but come Christmas 2017 my beloved wife scoured the shelves of a Melbourne book store in search of a gift and found a title that - knowing my proclivities which she variously describes as morbid, or at other times in a more generous ...

    This is an unusual and dark book. I read it based on a review from the WSJ. It now makes me question the WSJ reviews. It was an awful book and one whose purpose escapes me. We have enough darkness in the world today why accumulate it, write about it and try to make a lesson of it. And ...

    Could have been so much better. Really just surface-level ?bad things happened here?. Author is incredibly ignorant of other cultures outside of his white catholic Midwest American world. Mumbled ?what a f*cktard? many times while reading this. Unnecessarily preachy in all the ...

    Eloquently written, interesting, and enlightening but I prefer Cook's fiction. ...

  • Christopher
    Apr 06, 2017

    Thomas H. Cook, a crime writer from Fort Payne, Alabama, now lives in Los Angeles. His 30+ previous books are fiction, but in this out-of-the-ordinary travel memoir he blends personal experience and history to tell of the ?dark places? he?s drawn to visiting. He traces his intere...

    Really enjoyed this memoir, and loved hearing the authors perspective and reactions to visiting such dark places, some of which I've been to myself. The historical details and background info on each place is also well done, and combined with Cook's personal thoughts gives you a really...

    Generally, I?m not a big reader of travel writing, but come Christmas 2017 my beloved wife scoured the shelves of a Melbourne book store in search of a gift and found a title that - knowing my proclivities which she variously describes as morbid, or at other times in a more generous ...

    This is an unusual and dark book. I read it based on a review from the WSJ. It now makes me question the WSJ reviews. It was an awful book and one whose purpose escapes me. We have enough darkness in the world today why accumulate it, write about it and try to make a lesson of it. And ...

    Could have been so much better. Really just surface-level ?bad things happened here?. Author is incredibly ignorant of other cultures outside of his white catholic Midwest American world. Mumbled ?what a f*cktard? many times while reading this. Unnecessarily preachy in all the ...

    Eloquently written, interesting, and enlightening but I prefer Cook's fiction. ...

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  • Miss N H Cooper
    Feb 04, 2019

    Thomas H. Cook, a crime writer from Fort Payne, Alabama, now lives in Los Angeles. His 30+ previous books are fiction, but in this out-of-the-ordinary travel memoir he blends personal experience and history to tell of the ?dark places? he?s drawn to visiting. He traces his intere...

    Really enjoyed this memoir, and loved hearing the authors perspective and reactions to visiting such dark places, some of which I've been to myself. The historical details and background info on each place is also well done, and combined with Cook's personal thoughts gives you a really...

    Generally, I?m not a big reader of travel writing, but come Christmas 2017 my beloved wife scoured the shelves of a Melbourne book store in search of a gift and found a title that - knowing my proclivities which she variously describes as morbid, or at other times in a more generous ...

    This is an unusual and dark book. I read it based on a review from the WSJ. It now makes me question the WSJ reviews. It was an awful book and one whose purpose escapes me. We have enough darkness in the world today why accumulate it, write about it and try to make a lesson of it. And ...

    Could have been so much better. Really just surface-level ?bad things happened here?. Author is incredibly ignorant of other cultures outside of his white catholic Midwest American world. Mumbled ?what a f*cktard? many times while reading this. Unnecessarily preachy in all the ...

    Eloquently written, interesting, and enlightening but I prefer Cook's fiction. ...

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  • Andy McLetchie
    Dec 31, 2018

    Thomas H. Cook, a crime writer from Fort Payne, Alabama, now lives in Los Angeles. His 30+ previous books are fiction, but in this out-of-the-ordinary travel memoir he blends personal experience and history to tell of the ?dark places? he?s drawn to visiting. He traces his intere...

    Really enjoyed this memoir, and loved hearing the authors perspective and reactions to visiting such dark places, some of which I've been to myself. The historical details and background info on each place is also well done, and combined with Cook's personal thoughts gives you a really...

    Generally, I?m not a big reader of travel writing, but come Christmas 2017 my beloved wife scoured the shelves of a Melbourne book store in search of a gift and found a title that - knowing my proclivities which she variously describes as morbid, or at other times in a more generous ...

    This is an unusual and dark book. I read it based on a review from the WSJ. It now makes me question the WSJ reviews. It was an awful book and one whose purpose escapes me. We have enough darkness in the world today why accumulate it, write about it and try to make a lesson of it. And ...

    Could have been so much better. Really just surface-level ?bad things happened here?. Author is incredibly ignorant of other cultures outside of his white catholic Midwest American world. Mumbled ?what a f*cktard? many times while reading this. Unnecessarily preachy in all the ...

    Eloquently written, interesting, and enlightening but I prefer Cook's fiction. ...

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  • Kerran Olson
    Aug 11, 2017

    Thomas H. Cook, a crime writer from Fort Payne, Alabama, now lives in Los Angeles. His 30+ previous books are fiction, but in this out-of-the-ordinary travel memoir he blends personal experience and history to tell of the ?dark places? he?s drawn to visiting. He traces his intere...

    Really enjoyed this memoir, and loved hearing the authors perspective and reactions to visiting such dark places, some of which I've been to myself. The historical details and background info on each place is also well done, and combined with Cook's personal thoughts gives you a really...

  • Gary
    Dec 24, 2018

    Thomas H. Cook, a crime writer from Fort Payne, Alabama, now lives in Los Angeles. His 30+ previous books are fiction, but in this out-of-the-ordinary travel memoir he blends personal experience and history to tell of the ?dark places? he?s drawn to visiting. He traces his intere...

    Really enjoyed this memoir, and loved hearing the authors perspective and reactions to visiting such dark places, some of which I've been to myself. The historical details and background info on each place is also well done, and combined with Cook's personal thoughts gives you a really...

    Generally, I?m not a big reader of travel writing, but come Christmas 2017 my beloved wife scoured the shelves of a Melbourne book store in search of a gift and found a title that - knowing my proclivities which she variously describes as morbid, or at other times in a more generous ...

    This is an unusual and dark book. I read it based on a review from the WSJ. It now makes me question the WSJ reviews. It was an awful book and one whose purpose escapes me. We have enough darkness in the world today why accumulate it, write about it and try to make a lesson of it. And ...

  • Nicole Janowski
    Jan 12, 2018

    Thomas H. Cook, a crime writer from Fort Payne, Alabama, now lives in Los Angeles. His 30+ previous books are fiction, but in this out-of-the-ordinary travel memoir he blends personal experience and history to tell of the ?dark places? he?s drawn to visiting. He traces his intere...

    Really enjoyed this memoir, and loved hearing the authors perspective and reactions to visiting such dark places, some of which I've been to myself. The historical details and background info on each place is also well done, and combined with Cook's personal thoughts gives you a really...

    Generally, I?m not a big reader of travel writing, but come Christmas 2017 my beloved wife scoured the shelves of a Melbourne book store in search of a gift and found a title that - knowing my proclivities which she variously describes as morbid, or at other times in a more generous ...

    This is an unusual and dark book. I read it based on a review from the WSJ. It now makes me question the WSJ reviews. It was an awful book and one whose purpose escapes me. We have enough darkness in the world today why accumulate it, write about it and try to make a lesson of it. And ...

    Could have been so much better. Really just surface-level ?bad things happened here?. Author is incredibly ignorant of other cultures outside of his white catholic Midwest American world. Mumbled ?what a f*cktard? many times while reading this. Unnecessarily preachy in all the ...

    Eloquently written, interesting, and enlightening but I prefer Cook's fiction. ...

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  • Natalie Songer
    Jul 30, 2018

    Thomas H. Cook, a crime writer from Fort Payne, Alabama, now lives in Los Angeles. His 30+ previous books are fiction, but in this out-of-the-ordinary travel memoir he blends personal experience and history to tell of the ?dark places? he?s drawn to visiting. He traces his intere...

    Really enjoyed this memoir, and loved hearing the authors perspective and reactions to visiting such dark places, some of which I've been to myself. The historical details and background info on each place is also well done, and combined with Cook's personal thoughts gives you a really...

    Generally, I?m not a big reader of travel writing, but come Christmas 2017 my beloved wife scoured the shelves of a Melbourne book store in search of a gift and found a title that - knowing my proclivities which she variously describes as morbid, or at other times in a more generous ...

    This is an unusual and dark book. I read it based on a review from the WSJ. It now makes me question the WSJ reviews. It was an awful book and one whose purpose escapes me. We have enough darkness in the world today why accumulate it, write about it and try to make a lesson of it. And ...

    Could have been so much better. Really just surface-level ?bad things happened here?. Author is incredibly ignorant of other cultures outside of his white catholic Midwest American world. Mumbled ?what a f*cktard? many times while reading this. Unnecessarily preachy in all the ...

    Eloquently written, interesting, and enlightening but I prefer Cook's fiction. ...

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  • Jade
    Oct 14, 2017

    Thomas H. Cook, a crime writer from Fort Payne, Alabama, now lives in Los Angeles. His 30+ previous books are fiction, but in this out-of-the-ordinary travel memoir he blends personal experience and history to tell of the ?dark places? he?s drawn to visiting. He traces his intere...

    Really enjoyed this memoir, and loved hearing the authors perspective and reactions to visiting such dark places, some of which I've been to myself. The historical details and background info on each place is also well done, and combined with Cook's personal thoughts gives you a really...

    Generally, I?m not a big reader of travel writing, but come Christmas 2017 my beloved wife scoured the shelves of a Melbourne book store in search of a gift and found a title that - knowing my proclivities which she variously describes as morbid, or at other times in a more generous ...

    This is an unusual and dark book. I read it based on a review from the WSJ. It now makes me question the WSJ reviews. It was an awful book and one whose purpose escapes me. We have enough darkness in the world today why accumulate it, write about it and try to make a lesson of it. And ...

    Could have been so much better. Really just surface-level ?bad things happened here?. Author is incredibly ignorant of other cultures outside of his white catholic Midwest American world. Mumbled ?what a f*cktard? many times while reading this. Unnecessarily preachy in all the ...

    Eloquently written, interesting, and enlightening but I prefer Cook's fiction. ...

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  • Miss C
    Aug 09, 2017

    Thomas H. Cook, a crime writer from Fort Payne, Alabama, now lives in Los Angeles. His 30+ previous books are fiction, but in this out-of-the-ordinary travel memoir he blends personal experience and history to tell of the ?dark places? he?s drawn to visiting. He traces his intere...

    Really enjoyed this memoir, and loved hearing the authors perspective and reactions to visiting such dark places, some of which I've been to myself. The historical details and background info on each place is also well done, and combined with Cook's personal thoughts gives you a really...

    Generally, I?m not a big reader of travel writing, but come Christmas 2017 my beloved wife scoured the shelves of a Melbourne book store in search of a gift and found a title that - knowing my proclivities which she variously describes as morbid, or at other times in a more generous ...

    This is an unusual and dark book. I read it based on a review from the WSJ. It now makes me question the WSJ reviews. It was an awful book and one whose purpose escapes me. We have enough darkness in the world today why accumulate it, write about it and try to make a lesson of it. And ...

    Could have been so much better. Really just surface-level ?bad things happened here?. Author is incredibly ignorant of other cultures outside of his white catholic Midwest American world. Mumbled ?what a f*cktard? many times while reading this. Unnecessarily preachy in all the ...

    Eloquently written, interesting, and enlightening but I prefer Cook's fiction. ...

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  • Joy Mason
    Jan 18, 2019

    Thomas H. Cook, a crime writer from Fort Payne, Alabama, now lives in Los Angeles. His 30+ previous books are fiction, but in this out-of-the-ordinary travel memoir he blends personal experience and history to tell of the ?dark places? he?s drawn to visiting. He traces his intere...

    Really enjoyed this memoir, and loved hearing the authors perspective and reactions to visiting such dark places, some of which I've been to myself. The historical details and background info on each place is also well done, and combined with Cook's personal thoughts gives you a really...

    Generally, I?m not a big reader of travel writing, but come Christmas 2017 my beloved wife scoured the shelves of a Melbourne book store in search of a gift and found a title that - knowing my proclivities which she variously describes as morbid, or at other times in a more generous ...

    This is an unusual and dark book. I read it based on a review from the WSJ. It now makes me question the WSJ reviews. It was an awful book and one whose purpose escapes me. We have enough darkness in the world today why accumulate it, write about it and try to make a lesson of it. And ...

    Could have been so much better. Really just surface-level ?bad things happened here?. Author is incredibly ignorant of other cultures outside of his white catholic Midwest American world. Mumbled ?what a f*cktard? many times while reading this. Unnecessarily preachy in all the ...

    Eloquently written, interesting, and enlightening but I prefer Cook's fiction. ...

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  • Goh Pui
    Oct 25, 2018

    Thomas H. Cook, a crime writer from Fort Payne, Alabama, now lives in Los Angeles. His 30+ previous books are fiction, but in this out-of-the-ordinary travel memoir he blends personal experience and history to tell of the ?dark places? he?s drawn to visiting. He traces his intere...

    Really enjoyed this memoir, and loved hearing the authors perspective and reactions to visiting such dark places, some of which I've been to myself. The historical details and background info on each place is also well done, and combined with Cook's personal thoughts gives you a really...

    Generally, I?m not a big reader of travel writing, but come Christmas 2017 my beloved wife scoured the shelves of a Melbourne book store in search of a gift and found a title that - knowing my proclivities which she variously describes as morbid, or at other times in a more generous ...

    This is an unusual and dark book. I read it based on a review from the WSJ. It now makes me question the WSJ reviews. It was an awful book and one whose purpose escapes me. We have enough darkness in the world today why accumulate it, write about it and try to make a lesson of it. And ...

    Could have been so much better. Really just surface-level ?bad things happened here?. Author is incredibly ignorant of other cultures outside of his white catholic Midwest American world. Mumbled ?what a f*cktard? many times while reading this. Unnecessarily preachy in all the ...

    Eloquently written, interesting, and enlightening but I prefer Cook's fiction. ...

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  • Timothy M. Bagwell
    Dec 08, 2018

    Thomas H. Cook, a crime writer from Fort Payne, Alabama, now lives in Los Angeles. His 30+ previous books are fiction, but in this out-of-the-ordinary travel memoir he blends personal experience and history to tell of the ?dark places? he?s drawn to visiting. He traces his intere...

    Really enjoyed this memoir, and loved hearing the authors perspective and reactions to visiting such dark places, some of which I've been to myself. The historical details and background info on each place is also well done, and combined with Cook's personal thoughts gives you a really...

    Generally, I?m not a big reader of travel writing, but come Christmas 2017 my beloved wife scoured the shelves of a Melbourne book store in search of a gift and found a title that - knowing my proclivities which she variously describes as morbid, or at other times in a more generous ...

    This is an unusual and dark book. I read it based on a review from the WSJ. It now makes me question the WSJ reviews. It was an awful book and one whose purpose escapes me. We have enough darkness in the world today why accumulate it, write about it and try to make a lesson of it. And ...

    Could have been so much better. Really just surface-level ?bad things happened here?. Author is incredibly ignorant of other cultures outside of his white catholic Midwest American world. Mumbled ?what a f*cktard? many times while reading this. Unnecessarily preachy in all the ...

    Eloquently written, interesting, and enlightening but I prefer Cook's fiction. ...

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  • Dillj60gmail.Com
    Dec 09, 2018

    Thomas H. Cook, a crime writer from Fort Payne, Alabama, now lives in Los Angeles. His 30+ previous books are fiction, but in this out-of-the-ordinary travel memoir he blends personal experience and history to tell of the ?dark places? he?s drawn to visiting. He traces his intere...

    Really enjoyed this memoir, and loved hearing the authors perspective and reactions to visiting such dark places, some of which I've been to myself. The historical details and background info on each place is also well done, and combined with Cook's personal thoughts gives you a really...

    Generally, I?m not a big reader of travel writing, but come Christmas 2017 my beloved wife scoured the shelves of a Melbourne book store in search of a gift and found a title that - knowing my proclivities which she variously describes as morbid, or at other times in a more generous ...

    This is an unusual and dark book. I read it based on a review from the WSJ. It now makes me question the WSJ reviews. It was an awful book and one whose purpose escapes me. We have enough darkness in the world today why accumulate it, write about it and try to make a lesson of it. And ...

    Could have been so much better. Really just surface-level ?bad things happened here?. Author is incredibly ignorant of other cultures outside of his white catholic Midwest American world. Mumbled ?what a f*cktard? many times while reading this. Unnecessarily preachy in all the ...

    Eloquently written, interesting, and enlightening but I prefer Cook's fiction. ...

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