This book's strength is mixing research and anecdote in a lively, accessible way, with a reporter's eye for detail.
The author often takes an offhand, anecdotal approach; sometimes the effect is too breezy, but at other times it captures the daily indignities to which the junior capitalists are subjected...The better part of the book is sociological in nature:
Aside from its assault on American egalitarian sensibilities, "The Triple Package" is a sloppy book...Chua and Rubenfeld cobble together assorted celebrity anecdotes and academic studies into arguments that have all the profundity of a rookie salesman's first PowerPoint presentation.
These depictions of Roger Ailes as something other than a frothing, ratings-mad showman-provocateur may be cases of damning with faint praise. But it’s about as a fair and balanced an account as one could hope to read about someone who has so weightily tipped the scales of American political life to the right.
For Montgomery, the city is a “happiness project” that exists in part to corral our conviviality and channel it productively. Though Montgomery’s argument may seem strange at first, the book will likely make you a believer.
Though much of "Hatching Twitter" is hobbled by weak anecdotes and schlocky metaphors, the book is carried by Bilton's excruciating account of Dorsey's evolution.
...Mr Greenspan scarcely builds on this framework. Instead he abruptly changes course, launching into a fairly conventional description of the troubles that lurked in the pre-crisis financial markets. This discussion yields a rare, tepid statement of contrition...
Stone does know when to provide a breather with entertaining anecdotes about Amazon’s competitive jujitsu.
As is true so often in life more could have been achieved had less been attempted. Her efforts to draw together so many threads over such a broad canvas inevitably lead to discontinuities and contradictions.
With the straight-ahead timing and the ethereal blowing of a great jazzman, Crouch delivers a scorching set in this first of two volumes of his biography of Charlie “Yardbird” Parker...
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.
This whole scarcity business is new and somewhat speculative. But one cannot help feeling that they are on to something. Scarcity made me think differently about money, food, and how I manage my own time. And for all its flaws, a book that changes the way you see the world is valuable – and scarce.
I didn’t really learn anything new about myself from this fairly basic test; you can learn a lot more about yourself doing your numerology.
Insisting that immigrants work is sound policy, but the tone of “Exodus” is problematic. Mr Collier finds endless objections to a policy—more or less unlimited immigration—that no country has adopted. In the process, he exaggerates the possible risks of mobility and underplays its proven benefits.
Reading Boris Kachka's enormously entertaining "Hothouse: The Art of Survival and the Survival of Art at America's Most Celebrated Publishing House, Farrar, Straus & Giroux" makes one yearn for that bygone era and its larger than life players.
Readers will find Studwell’s informative and balanced report eye-opening.
...this tale cements her position as an icon of the genre.
Captivating and astute study.
Though the author is passionate with respect to expressing his point of view many times he is excessively combative and facile.
Some day, someone will write a great book about the rise of Indian-Americans. In the meantime, this is a rollicking story of hubris and the suffering it brings.