While much of this historical period has been examined in close detail, Goodwin provides a fuller picture of Taft’s career that was driven strongly by his ambitious wife and of the life and times of the “muckrakers,”
As compelling as a car wreck, it’s impossible to look away, even though the catalogue of misery sometimes threatens to overwhelm.
Even more than most "I knew a star" tell-alls, this purported biography tells us less about Carson than it does the author: Bushkin's 18-year stint as Carson's friend and attorney, and the effect Carson had on his life and career.
For the most part, I Am Malala succeeds in its lucid explanation of a history unfamiliar to most people in the West, and as a testament to bravery and perseverance.
This memoir is a fascinating account of one man's attempt to find answers to some of the most difficult questions posed to mankind.
Barnes brings his themes to some kind of hard-won resolution, movingly, and with improbable dialectical neatness.
"Simple Dreams" deserves attention for more than just its glaring gaps, though, at least if you're a major fan of the brand of inclusive Americana she breathed life into as the counterculture was breathing its last
“Men We Reaped” reaffirms Ms. Ward’s substantial talent. It’s an elegiac book that’s rangy at the same time.
Crystal has the charisma, humor and down-home charm that fans have loved over the years. And the love for his family clearly shines through the words as well.
Ms. Butler’s memoir does a great service to all families dealing with the decline in health of a loved one by showing the psychological, physiological, and financial costs of the illness on the caregivers.
Mr. Berg is a terrific researcher, and "Wilson" exhumes hundreds of fresh quotes and details...his book reads with remarkable smoothness.
Mr. Dedman had stumbled onto an amazing story of profligate wealth, one so wild that “American aspiration” doesn’t begin to describe its excesses...“Empty Mansions” is the self-explanatory title of the Huguette Clark story.
In the midst of this miasma, real doctors and nurses made decisions that shortened the lives of real patients. Sheri Fink’s Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital...is the breathtaking, definitive account of an American hospital’s worst nightmare.
A House in the Sky is the compelling account of the then-27-year-old Canadian's 15 months in brutal captivity as a hostage, along with Australian photographer Nigel Brennan, at the time her former lover.
His alienation from the world and his mania for privacy became part of the Salinger myth — a myth that David Shields and Shane Salerno attempt to pierce in their revealing but often slapdash new book, “Salinger.”
What sets this book apart from the reams of professional theorising on autism is the fact that it is written by an autistic, and a child to boot. Its short, question-headed chapters aim to disclose the 13-year-old author's "inner self", to make people "understand what we really are, and what we're going through".
...a character who comes across as completely self-absorbed and selfish. Thoroughly disenchanting: Powers' admirers would do better to reread his stories or novels.
Anderson thoroughly explores the making of the Lawrence legend, from the effortless taking of Aqaba to “the fantasy of the ‘clean war’ of Arab warriors.” A lively, contrasting study of hubris and humility.
The nearer Guinn's biography draws to its central horror, the more it picks up speed. The middle section pitches us into the whirlpool, presenting a swirl of horrific gore and bubbling black comedy.
A useful introduction to the man who established photographs as both works of art and important historical documents.