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.
She explores the “social turbocharge” that women experience through owning a Birkin handbag, and she drops plenty of brand names...When Martin allows the narrative to drift more toward science...the book becomes a useful guide for UES (and other upwardly mobile) women...it’s designed for a certain group of people, and likely them alone.
I like this book because it is a real life story...At the start of the book, Malala was a timid, ordinary girl. By the end of the book she was a lot tougher and braver than she was at the start. It is a great book for me to read because it shows how much someone could change throughout a story.
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.
Though a bit bloated...Offerman’s book is nonetheless satisfying. His ability to vacillate between gruff history teacher and concerned citizen gives readers a reason to demonstrate their own gumption and follow him to the end. A smart book of straight talk where laughter and logic meet.
...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.
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.
His closing vignette inside the church on his Luck property is particularly moving. Still, you may be left feeling that listening to Willie Nelson’s songs will give you a better sense of the man who made them than any autobiography ever could.
A brilliant account of six years during which four Founding Fathers, “in disregard of public opinion, carried the American story in a new direction.”...This is Ellis’ ninth consecutive history of the Revolutionary War era and yet another winner.