Week of 03 Dec 2017
Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose
It's hard not to feel for Biden, who exudes humanity throughout the book. He lays bare his emotions and vulnerabilities at losing a son with so much promise, which is made even more difficult by the understanding that Biden has faced unthinkable tragedy before.
NPR

NPR

Promise Me, Dad

by Joe Biden

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...
Guardian

Leonardo da Vinci

by Walter Isaacson

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

God, Faith, and Reason

No Critic Review

God, Faith, and Reason

by Michael Savage

What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism

No Critic Review

What Unites Us

by Dan Rather

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

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

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

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

Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology
Remini is one of the few who have experienced the cultlike world of Scientology from a variety of vantage points...Inside reports like this don’t come around often, and they’re worth reading when they do.
Entertainment Weekly

Troublemaker

by Leah Remini

Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery

No Critic Review

Endurance

by Scott Kelly