Week of 04 Feb 2018
Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House
In short, even discounting for hearsay and exaggeration, the Trump in Fire and Fury seems utterly plausible save for those who have chosen not to believe their own lying eyes.
National Review Online


Fire and Fury

by Michael Wolff

Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story of a Band of US Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan
In the final pages Stanton admits that America squandered this dazzling triumph. Happily proclaiming victory, the administration turned its attention elsewhere as Afghanistan descended into chaos from which the Taliban emerged again to control most of the country. Dumbed-down history delivered in purple prose.
Kirkus


Horse Soldiers

by Doug Stanton

Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic
Evenhanded, ideologically consistent, and guaranteed to generate a slew of angry tweets should a copy land at the White House.
Kirkus

Trumpocracy

by David Frum

Together We Rise: Behind the Scenes at the Protest Heard Around the World
Eloquent essays and comments by participants, including celebrities such as Ashley Judd, America Ferrara, Maxine Waters, and New Yorker editor David Remnick, speak to their deep emotional response to the march. Urging continued activism, the editors offer a list of organizations in which to get involved.
Kirkus

Together We Rise

by The Women's March Organizers

The Square and the Tower: Networks and Power, from the Freemasons to Facebook
Making profitable use of information science, Ferguson offers a novel way of examining data that will be highly intriguing to students of history and current affairs.
Kirkus

The Square and the Tower

by Niall Ferguson

When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing
...also notes points at which our culture is inefficient in its accommodation of people who move to different rhythms...Solid science backed by sensible action points—good airplane reading for business travelers.
Kirkus

When

by Daniel H. Pink

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.
Kirkus


Hillbilly Elegy

by J. D. Vance

Home Sweet Murder (James Patterson's Murder Is Forever)

No Critic Review

Home Sweet Murder

by James Patterson

It's Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America
Thoroughly depressing—but urgent, necessary reading, at least for those who aren’t true believers in the Trumpite cause.
Kirkus


It's Even Worse Than You Think

by David Cay Johnston

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

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

How Democracies Die
The value of this book is the context it provides, in a style aimed at a concerned citizenry rather than fellow academics, rather than in the consensus it is not likely to build.
Kirkus


How Democracies Die

by Steven Levitsky

The Last Black Unicorn

No Critic Review

The Last Black Unicorn

by Tiffany Haddish

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

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