This week's reviews in brief

December 17, 2014 6:30 PM

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"God'll Cut You Down: The Tangled Tale of a White Supremacist, a Black Hustler, A Murder, and How I Lost a Year in Mississippi" by John Safran; Riverhead (368 pages, $27.95)

John Safran is a Jewish Australian prankster-documentarian who delves into racism and tribalism not by prodding its history and the depths of its pathos but by exposing the absurd places it leads people. He works in the vein of Sacha Baron Cohen, with the demeanor of David Sedaris.

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