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Joshua Hammeraddictively enjoyable…Darnton deftly captures the after-hours banter in neighborhood bars and the atmospherics of the big-city newsroom—the petty rivalries, the resentment felt by middle-aged burnouts, the deskbound ex-war-correspondents who pine for their swashbuckling youth. For the most part, the book charts a neat course between page turner and media satire, mining laughs out of everything from the Afghan coffee vendor more knowledgeable about Globe gossip than the paper's own staff to a teenage millionaire blogger whose Web journal, teenage.snivel.com, draws "close to 1.5 million hits a day." The ending is a bit of a letdown. But no matter. Black and White and Dead All Over is fun to read, and surprisingly gripping.
—The New York Times