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Mattathias Schwartz: BP’s Mafioso Tactics, 6 October 2011

Spills and Spin: The Inside Story of BP 
by Tom Bergin.
Random House, 294 pp., £12.99, July 2011, 978 1 84794 081 0
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A Hole at the Bottom of the Sea: The Race to Kill the BP Oil Gusher 
by Joel Achenbach.
Simon and Schuster, 276 pp., $25.99, April 2011, 978 1 4516 2534 9
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... mud began spilling out onto the drilling floor, and it was too late. The Washington Post reporter Joel Achenbach provides a more thorough account of the engineering decisions in the hours before the blowout. Where Bergin draws most of his details on the blowout from the top layer of data – widely publicised hearings and commission reports – ...

More Reconciliation than Truth

David Blackbourn: Germany’s Postwar Amnesties, 31 October 2002

Adenauer’s Germany and the Nazi Past: The Politics of Amnesty and Integration 
by Norbert Frei, translated by Joel Golb.
Columbia, 479 pp., £24.50, September 2002, 0 231 11882 1
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... fringe of far-right true believers such as Hedler, Remer, the Nuremberg defence lawyer Ernst Achenbach and the Princess Isenburg. On the opposite side stood the Western Allies, represented by their High Commissions, who continued to set the ground rules of politics. Besieged by the amnesty campaigners (McCloy and his family received death threats), torn ...

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