Week of 26 Nov 2017
Obama: An Intimate Portrait
Souza’s book will speed Obama’s passage to secular sanctity. No wonder-working feats need to be proved, as they must be before Catholic saints are beatified...
Guardian

Obama

by Pete Souza

Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House
In a memoir replete with profanity, Brazile’s post-election mindset might boil down to this: “You know, fuck ’em.” A messy, self-serving rationalization of one of the biggest debacles in recent American political history.
Kirkus

Hacks

by Donna Brazile

Grant
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

Grant

by Ron Chernow

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

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 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.
Kirkus

We Were Eight Years in Power

by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery
It’s fascinating stuff, a tale of aches and pains, of boredom punctuated by terror and worries about what’s happening in the dark and back down on Earth. A worthy read for space buffs, to say nothing of anyone contemplating a voyage to the stars.
Kirkus

Endurance

by Scott Kelly

God: A Human History
As a history, the book is a brief yet interesting, mostly engaging work, though it does not touch on the idea of God as manifested in Asian cultures...Slightly shocking but not groundbreaking—a readable but minor addition to the body of knowledge about “God.”
Kirkus


God

by Reza Aslan

Leonardo da Vinci
Totally enthralling, masterful, and passionate, this book should garner serious consideration for a variety of book prizes.
Kirkus

Leonardo da Vinci

by Walter Isaacson

Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit
Historian Arthur Schlesinger described Bobby as “a romantic stubbornly disguised as a realist,” a judgment that Matthews underscores. A brisk, admiring portrait that burnishes the Kennedy image.
Kirkus

Bobby Kennedy

by Chris Matthews

Sisters First: Stories from Our Wild and Wonderful Life
The description of the crushing reality of their grandfather’s descent into Alzheimer’s disease is particularly heartbreaking, but the twins’ sisterly love is evident throughout.
Kirkus

Sisters First

by Jenna Bush Hager

What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism
A full-throated celebration of the national spirit and its potential to persevere in spite of dangers foreign and domestic.
Kirkus

What Unites Us

by Dan Rather

Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics
A careful, circumstantial study that compares favorably to Theodore H. White’s presidents series and that politics junkies will find irresistible.
Kirkus

Playing with Fire

by Lawrence O'Donnell

What Happened
But ultimately, it reads like a book she had to write, audience be damned — a book written out of exasperation...But here's what the book is not: It's not newsy.
NPR


What Happened

by Hillary Rodham Clinton

You Can't Spell America Without Me: The Really Tremendous Inside Story of My Fantastic First Year as President Donald J. Trump (A So-Called Parody)
It’s all a bit much. But then, so is everything else about this president. Sure to be a hot gag-gift item inside the Beltway—and to provoke angry tweets from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Kirkus

You Can't Spell America Without Me

by Alec Baldwin