The only problem with this novel is that its covers are too close together. I wanted more of Slava, his bumpy love life, his venal grandfather, even Herr Barber.
He says that the financial rescue programs enacted in the crisis years were a success because the alternative—which no one can ever know—would have been far worse. What we do know is that, six years later, the economy is suffering through a historically weak recovery and the emergency programs haven't ended.
In the end, Greenwald underplays the real media problem. The NSA is in many ways a product of the feverish ways in which terrorism is portrayed. The bomb at last year’s Boston marathon was a horrific event, killing four people, but it also produced dramatic overreaction.
And so the appearance of William D. Cohan's "The Price of Silence,'' in part a comprehensive examination of the case, may prompt weary sighs...And yet there are good reasons to plunge into Mr. Cohan's chronicle—not least, his meticulous research and evenhanded tone.
Throughout, vivid details of his search in blistering heat for holy sites both authentic and dubious anchor this complex, compelling spiritual testimony. "You've met my Jesus," he concludes. "Now meet your own."
It is a fitting epilogue to 20th-century travel-writing and essential reading for devotees of Sir Patrick’s other works—though eclipsed by his earlier books and the world they conjured.
Mr. Itzkoff’s narrative is thorough yet brisk as he catalogs the good and the bad that befell Mr. Chayefsky and his passion project. It is fortified with vivid anecdotes pulled from generous access to the Paddy Chayefsky papers at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts...
Catling taught with Sebald in the last decade of his life, and her flowing translation pays crucial attention to the prosody and contours of Sebald’s sentences.
There are a couple of things I like about Harry. He's human; he has foibles, baggage and a few mental problems. He's also a digger and refuses to accept the obvious answer...This makes a good police procedural even if it shows a hard side of life. Nobody is innocent in this story; some just aren't guilty.
At first “Orfeo” seems like a timely story of governmental overreach—of security-related scare tactics and civil-liberties breached. But soon it becomes clear that this book is actually about the challenges that come with time and age.
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.
The richly detailed narrative flows seamlessly from the planning and commission of the break-in to the FBI’s bungled investigation to the explosive aftermath of the files’ release.
Priscilla brilliantly exposes the tangled complexities behind that question so easily asked from the comfort of a peacetime armchair: "What would I have done?"
...magic is transmitted via a narrator's voice, whose captions punctuate the frames, combined with speech bubbles from the characters whose animated facial expressions mirror their dialogue.
In the end, the main value of Happy City is not in saying something new, but in saying forcefully what can't be said too much.
...a lively account of his experiences with the joys of weightlessness as well as the discomfort of leaving the ship for a space walk. A page-turning memoir of life as a decorated astronaut.
Casualties spawn new theories, as those thought dead turn out to be alive...and the complexities suggest that “the human brain is a four-dimensional labyrinth. Everyone’s been there; no one knows the way.” A surprise ending promises a fresh start for a series that had appeared to end with its previous novel.
Brad Stone, a technology journalist who first covered Amazon in 2000, has done a remarkable job in The Everything Store, in a way that Bezos would appreciate – by working very hard.
Many of these points were made with greater intellectual rigor in William Bernstein’s Masters of the Word (2013), and Standage’s habit of seeing a proto-Internet in every historical use of media eventually prompts fatigue and disbelief.
Malala's story is one which I feel has been told excellently in her own words, and her powerful message of the importance of education for all deserves to be read again and again.