Week of 19 Nov 2017
Leonardo da Vinci
Isaacson doesn’t claim to make any fresh discoveries, but his book is intelligently organised, simply written and beautifully illustrated, and it ends with a kind of mental gymnastics programme that suggests how we can learn from Leonardo...

Leonardo da Vinci

by Walter Isaacson

Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans: The Battle That Shaped America's Destiny

No Critic Review

Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans

by Brian Kilmeade

Chernow’s gracefully written biography, which promises to be the definitive work on Grant for years to come, is fully equal to the man’s remarkable story.
Star Tribune


by Ron Chernow

What Happened
After reading the book, a question arises as to whether those who trashed it actually read the book . . . or did they only read some of it? That is a mistake.
NY Journal of Books

What Happened

by Hillary Rodham Clinton

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
An unusually timely and deeply affecting view of a social class whose health and economic problems are making headlines in this election year.

Hillbilly Elegy

by J. D. Vance

Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World
A meaty autobiography of the Reformation leader...Perfect for lay readers who want something more than a mere introduction to Luther.

Martin Luther

by Eric Metaxas

What Does This Button Do?: An Autobiography

No Critic Review

What Does This Button Do?

by Bruce Dickinson

Same Kind of Different As Me: A Modern-Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together
A beautiful story that warms and wrenches the heart; you’ll want tissues on hand for this one.
Blog Critics

Same Kind of Different As Me

by Ron Hall

Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit

No Critic Review

Bobby Kennedy

by Chris Matthews

Sisters First: Stories from Our Wild and Wonderful Life

No Critic Review

Sisters First

by Jenna Bush Hager

Killing England: The Brutal Struggle for American Independence (Bill O'Reilly's Killing Series)
In an age of the deconstruction of history and the portrayal of biblical Christianity as detrimental to modern America, this book offers some sanity in preserving the history of the American Revolution. For non-historians like myself, it is a good read.
The Aquila Report

Killing England

by Bill O'Reilly

We're Going to Need More Wine: Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, and True

No Critic Review

We're Going to Need More Wine

by Gabrielle Union

We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy
Although Coates subtitles the book “An American Tragedy,” he allows a ray of hope for “a resistance intolerant of self-exoneration, set against blinding itself to evil.” Emotionally charged, deftly crafted, and urgently relevant essays.

We Were Eight Years in Power

by Ta-Nehisi Coates

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.

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery

No Critic Review


by Scott Kelly