Week of 23 Dec 2018
Becoming

No Critic Review

Becoming

by Michelle Obama

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Much of Sapiens is extremely interesting, and it is often well expressed. As one reads on, however, the attractive features of the book are overwhelmed by carelessness, exaggeration and sensationalism.
Guardian

Sapiens

by Yuval Noah Harari

Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents

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Shade

by Pete Souza

Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush
...the book asks few serious questions about that troubled legacy. This is a vivid, well-written account that doesn't quite come to grips with its subject's pivotal place in history.
Publishers Weekly


Destiny and Power

by Jon Meacham

Educated: A Memoir
We learn about a third of the way through the book that she kept journals, but she is a bit vague about a few things...An astonishing account of deprivation, confusion, survival, and success.
Kirkus


Educated

by Tara Westover

Leadership: In Turbulent Times
As Goodwin reminds us of their paths to positions of power and the challenges they faced as presidents, she identifies the traits of personality and character that made them great leaders. Published at a turbulent time, her book is a rich source of information and inspiration.
Star Tribune

Leadership

by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
The question of how it got so far — more than 800 employees and a paper valuation of $9 billion — will fascinate business school classes for years. The first line of defense should have been the board, and its failure was shocking.
NY Times

Bad Blood

by John Carreyrou

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
In short order, you’ll be conversant in mind-bending trivia about “star stuff” that may fundamentally shift your perspective of our place in the universe—and convince you to pursue some of the many fine longer-form books on the subject.
Kirkus

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

by Neil deGrasse Tyson