Kerman's account radiates warmly from her skillful depiction of the personalities she befriended in prison, such as the Russian gangster's wife who ruled the kitchen...Kerman's ordeal indeed proved life altering.
“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
Unsurprising but perfectly competent and seamlessly of a piece with her Living History (2003). And will Hillary run? The guiding metaphor of the book is the relay race, and there’s a sense that if the torch is handed to her, well….
...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.
Readers range from belief to disbelief; however, young Colton Burpo seems to have developed a gift from his Heavenly experiences returning with an ability to quell fears of others regarding loved ones who have passed over and other life events. This is a wonderful book...
Macintyre writes with the diligence and insight of a journalist, and the panache of a born storyteller, concentrating on Philby's friendship with and betrayal of Elliott and of Angleton, his pathetically dedicated admirer at the top of the CIA.
Vera was tireless as translator, editor, agent, Praetorian Guard. But as Schiff urges, her participation in Nabokov's linguistic experiments, in his conviction of imminent celebrity, was indispensable.