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HOWARD BLUM, AMERICAN LIGHTNING

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American Lightning by Howard Blum [Crown, $25]

This pop history starts with the 1910 bombing of the Los Angeles Times Building and follows the aftermath through the eyes of detective Billy Burns, the celebrity lawyer Clarence Darrow, and the film director D.W. Griffith. Blum's engaging prose makes this scandal—with its O.J.-trial-like impact—come alive. Timothy Hodler

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