...a page-turning read and an insightful dissection of 9/11’s dark legacy.
But what makes "Little America" so compelling and disturbing is the breadth and carefulness of Chandrasekaran's reporting.
...a well-known journalist in Moscow, is especially interesting on Mr Putin's time working for the mayor of St Petersburg amid the chaos of the early 1990s.
His humane, closely researched and well-written "Brothers, Rivals, Victors" vividly conveys the mental and physical demands of high command, with even a hard charger like Patton afflicted by pre-engagement nerves.
Many of the 50 recipes are made with plenty of butter and sugar; a flawless rendition of dulce de leche brownies is sure to become the home baker's equivalent of that très chic little black dress, returned to again and again.
An excellent study likely to tick off the hagiographers.
A fine account of a little-known milestone in the battle for civil rights.
Atkinson’s books don’t dwell much on the geopolitics of war. He’s more interested in telling stories about people, stories large and small, from the foxholes on the front lines to the generals’ war rooms.
"Just Send Me Word" is a heroic, absolutely astounding love story told through the letters of Lev Mishchenko and Svetlana Ivanova, who met as students in the 1930s.
By contrast, The Juice, is compact, fun to read and almost jargon-free. Maybe not such a hard sell, after all.
There is clearly still plenty to write about, but Manhunt already has the feel of a definitive work.
A downer, you may think. Not at all. Though horrifying, the book is incredibly funny.
Ms. Mantel everywhere displays an easy ability to show us characters' depths in quick flashes...
In "Stalin's General," Geoffrey Roberts joins the fight on Zhukov's behalf, although one feels that the war has already been won.
Marlantes...reflects in this wrenchingly honest memoir on his time in Vietnam
Perhaps her adventure is so gripping because Strayed relates its gritty, visceral details not out of a desire to milk its obviously dramatic circumstances but out of a powerful, yet understated, imperative to understand its meaning.
Whether readers have an interest in aviation or China’s role in the global economy, Fallows’s book makes for an intriguing read, looking at both sides of the picture: reasons for why China might succeed, as well as those for why the country might struggle.
Oddly, "The Little Red Guard" is a very American book. The humor and the angst it contains are built around a dysfunctional family living in cramped accommodations in a big city.
When publishers send bound galleys along to reviewers, they slip in acclamatory publicity sheets. . .the one folded into. . ."Behind the Beautiful Forevers". . . while lauding plenty, claims far too little.
With intelligence and graceful prose, Summerscale gives an intimate and surprising look into Victorian life.