Larson...once again demonstrates his expert researching skills and writing abilities, this time shedding light on nagging questions about the sinking of the Lusitania on May 7, 1915...An intriguing, entirely engrossing investigation into a legendary disaster.
While journalist Brower moves by theme in presenting the memories of select long-running staff at the White House...there is an irresistible, charmingly pell-mell quality to the arrangement of these dishy stories...A work of great historical interest that is also quite entertaining.
Sacks's writing is lucid, earnest, and straightforward, yet always raptly attuned to subtleties of character and feeling in himself and others; the result, closely following his announcement that he has terminal cancer, is a fitting retrospective of his lifelong project of making science a deeply humanistic pursuit.
“David and Goliath,” ... is at once deeply repetitive and a bewildering sprawl. There are chapters, especially toward the end, whose relation to the rest of the book are hard to ascertain, even with his constant guidance
More settled than the peripatetic Malle, Rose not only offered the actress entree among the New York City social elite, he also brought her the next great challenge of her life: learning how to appreciate a life genuinely lived in tandem. A glamorously bittersweet showbiz memoir.
...the Berlin Olympics were carefully orchestrated by propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels and filmed by Leni Riefenstahl to show the world the terrifying images of Aryan “purity” and Nazi supremacy. Yet for these American boys, it was an amazing dream. A touching, fairly uncomplicated portrayal of rowing legends.
I picked up this book because the kidnappings took place in my neck of the woods, but I think this is a read we can all benefit from. We as a society need to see that we're failing a large population of our young people, people with loads of potential if they're given access to the right tools.
By confronting the reality rather than pretending it can be beaten...the medical establishment can offer the kind of compassion that allows for more humane ways to die. As Gawande reminds readers, “endings matter.” A sensitive, intelligent and heartfelt examination of the processes of aging and dying.
Readers, having had their own curiosity prompted, may be frustrated that Grazer leaves relatively little space for describing his many encounters with fascinating people, in favor of emphasizing his personal musings.