Author Archives: Gregory Crouch

Acid Test by Tom Shroder, reviewed by Gregory Crouch

With 20+ veteran suicides a day and the VA on the hook for more than $1 trillion in PTSD-related expenses, we can’t afford to ignore the healing potential contained in such profoundly psychoactive drugs as LSD and MDMA. Continue reading

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“The Legend of CNAC” exhibit at the SFO Museum

“The Legend of CNAC: the China National Aviation Corporation” exhibit opened at the SFO Museum this past weekend–in conjunction with the 2014 CNAC reunion. It’s a fabulous tribute, well worth a visit. Continue reading

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My review of Bird Dream, by Matt Higgins, in today’s Wall Street Journal

Bird Dream, by Matt Higgins. Quite a thrilling read… My review, “Only One Way Down,” is in the July 26 & 27, 2014 issue of The Wall Street Journal. Here’s a list of links to other books I’ve reviewed.

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Robert Lucas Crouch, an obituary

An obituary of Robert Lucas Crouch, April 5, 1935 to June 11, 2014 Continue reading

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Denali’s Howl by Andy Hall, reviewed by Gregory Crouch

“And Five Came Back,” my review of Denali’s Howl by Andy Hall for The Wall Street Journal, June 14-15, 2014. (Linked through a Google search; clicking the top link should do it.) Denali’s Howl is about the worst mountaineering tragedy … Continue reading

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Iranians arrested for making video of Pharrell Williams song “Happy”

A bunch of Iranians were arrested and forced to repent for making a “Happy” video. The best part is one of the women’s infectious laughter while standing on her head during the “making of” section at the end. Pharrell Williams … Continue reading

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Operation Paperclip by Annie Jacobsen, reviewed by Gregory Crouch

Although Nazi science failed to produce an atomic bomb during the Second World War—thank God—Hitler’s scientists surged ahead in many other aspects of military technology. They built substantial leads in rocketry and aeronautics, human physiology, and chemical and biological warfare. … Continue reading

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Two FB pages about Iranian women and their headscarves

All the rage this week on Facebook is the page “Stealthy Freedoms of Iranian Women,” which celebrates the quiet acts of rebellion of Iranian women removing their headscarves in public. Stealthy Freedoms has garnered 274,000 “likes.” Predictably, as explained in … Continue reading

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Fascinating TNY article about the capture of the world’s most notorious drug lord

Capturing the chief of the Sinaloa drug cartel Continue reading

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Original Topo for The Old Smuggler’s Route

Topo for The Old Smuggler’s Route, whose first ascent Jim Donini and I made in November of 1996. A fantastic climb. With some pics. Continue reading

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