Week of 20 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

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.

Hillbilly Elegy

by J. D. Vance

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

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

The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty in the Nation's Largest Home
The couple had one child, but the author hardly looks at her relationship with her parents, focusing mostly on the family’s financial woes, which became increasingly dire. One-dimensional characters undermine the potential drama of life within a castle.

The Last Castle

by Denise Kiernan

The Light Within Me: An Inspirational Memoir

No Critic Review

The Light Within Me

by Ainsley Earhardt

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...


by Pete Souza

God Save Texas: A Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State
Along with its documentation of a dark and damaging political culture, Wright’s new book, “God Save Texas,” draws on the author’s experiences...his extraordinary journalistic skills; and the reflection of his friend, Stephen Harrigan (a novelist who is writing a history of Texas), to illuminate the diversity and dynamism of the Lone Star State.
Star Tribune

God Save Texas

by Lawrence Wright

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

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

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

The Assault on Intelligence: American National Security in an Age of Lies
He makes frequent mention of various panels...But his laudable case for the intelligence community does not dwell on the things the community has gotten wrong, from the fall of the Soviet Union to 9/11 to Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. Nor does he reckon with the questionable practices of officials who leak secrets...
NY Times

The Assault on Intelligence

by Michael V. Hayden

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

Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World--and Why Things Are Better Than You Think

No Critic Review


by Hans Rosling

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