The ease with which the pope speaks to the concerns of ordinary people, as well as his humble lifestyle (living not in the Apostolic Palace, but in a modest Vatican guesthouse, and traveling in a tiny Fiat car), is rooted in a heartfelt sense of humility.
The authors handle the ridiculous elements of the tale with a light touch, and do an outstanding job of explaining the ultimate exploits of Presley O’Bannon and Stephen Decatur, the eventual heroes of the war...If there’s a drawback to the book, it’s that it’s all too often a catalog of things that were fouled up.
Ansari’s eminently readable book is successful, in part, because it not only lays out the history, evolution, and pitfalls of dating, it also offers sound advice on how to actually win today's constantly shifting game of love. Often hilarious, consistently informative, and unusually helpful.
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.
But what is most disappointing in this book is that the authors fail to understand the mettle and substance of Reagan or give little credit, or even acknowledge, his historic victory over a truly evil empire without even firing a shot.
...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.
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.
Illuminating and inspiring, this book presents a distinguished woman's exhilarating vision of what it means to live with openness, honesty, and a willingness to grow beyond the apparent confinement of seemingly irreconcilable polarities.
McCullough marvels at their success despite a lack of college education, technical training, “friends in high places” or “financial backers”—they were just boys obsessed by a dream and determined to make it reality. An educational and inspiring biography of seminal American innovators.
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.