Week of 31 Dec 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...
Guardian

Leonardo da Vinci

by Walter Isaacson

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

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

Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit

No Critic Review

Bobby Kennedy

by Chris Matthews

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

The Last Black Unicorn

No Critic Review

The Last Black Unicorn

by Tiffany Haddish

Sisters First: Stories from Our Wild and Wonderful Life

No Critic Review

Sisters First

by Jenna Bush Hager

Hamilton
For those who may not get into the theater for a while, if ever, “Hamilton: The Revolution,” a lavishly illustrated new companion book, can help ease the pain.
NY Times

Hamilton

by Lin-Manuel Miranda

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

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

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

Let Trump Be Trump: The Inside Story of His Rise to the Presidency

No Critic Review

Let Trump Be Trump

by Corey R. Lewandowski

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
This page-turner surges forward with the pacing of a true-crime thriller, elevated by Grann's crisp and evocative prose and enhanced by dozens of period photographs.
Kirkus


Killers of the Flower Moon

by David Grann

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

Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery

No Critic Review

Endurance

by Scott Kelly