Week of 13 May 2018
A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership
What “A Higher Loyalty” does give readers are some near-cinematic accounts of what Comey was thinking when, as he’s previously said, Trump demanded loyalty from him during a one-on-one dinner at the White House...
NY Times

A Higher Loyalty

by James Comey

War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence
Those omissions are in themselves telling, since they reflect a deeper challenge...what look like necessary compromises at the negotiating table become ripe targets for political attack when diplomats come home and present uncertain promises and half-measures to a public that prefers silver bullets and sweeping principles.
NY Times

War on Peace

by Ronan Farrow

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.

Killers of the Flower Moon

by David Grann

The Light Within Me: An Inspirational Memoir

No Critic Review

The Light Within Me

by Ainsley Earhardt

Chasing Hillary: Ten Years, Two Presidential Campaigns, and One Intact Glass Ceiling
Chasing Hillary is light on many of these issues. The book is not about them. It concerns the relationship between a candidate and her campaign reporters, between politics and media in the US. And the portrait Chozick paints is a depressing one.

Chasing Hillary

by Amy Chozick

Measure What Matters: How Google, Bono, and the Gates Foundation Rock the World with OKRs

No Critic Review

Measure What Matters

by John Doerr

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

Us vs. Them: The Failure of Globalism
There's enough food for thought in Us vs Them to fill a heavyweight tome, but the book is a deceptively slim read. It's one of the most balanced and informed viewpoints I've read, touching on a whole host of ideas.
The Bookbag

Us vs. Them

by Ian Bremmer

I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer
Her dogged reporting makes “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark” both hard to read and hard to put down. The accounts from survivors are nightmarish and the crime scenes of the homicide victims are disturbing.
Star Tribune

I'll Be Gone in the Dark

by Michelle McNamara

Suicide of the West: How the Rebirth of Tribalism, Populism, Nationalism, and Identity Politics is Destroying American Democracy

No Critic Review

Suicide of the West

by Jonah Goldberg

Fascism: A Warning
Albright concludes with 10 questions to ask of any prospective leader: Do they inflame prejudices and incite desire for revenge...Sage advice in perilous times.


by Madeleine Albright

Educated: A Memoir
We learn about a third of the way through the book that she kept journals, but she is a bit vague about a few things...An astonishing account of deprivation, confusion, survival, and success.


by Tara Westover

Go Ask Ali: Half-Baked Advice (and Free Lemonade)

No Critic Review

Go Ask Ali

by Ali Wentworth

Who We Are and How We Got Here: Ancient DNA and the New Science of the Human Past
Not an easy read, but an eye-opening account of significant scientific advances that throw a spectacular, often unexpected light on human prehistory.

Who We Are and How We Got Here

by David Reich

The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War and What Comes After
Memoirs by immigrants and refugees are growing in number; they are important stories that need to be told, and told in the kind of bug-and-mud-and-dysentery detail that Wamariya’s is told.
Star Tribune

The Girl Who Smiled Beads

by Clemantine Wamariya