How those spirits will coexist with the preservation of a People’s Republic that bears distinct resemblances to the empires of old is a major question for our times, for which this book supplies much food for thought, informing the wider debate while retaining its value as a closely observed picture of how some Chinese live today.
This book has all sorts of anecdotes about baseball and the 1960s. There are some interesting tales about what happened over those eventful ten years, as even a timeless game wasn't immune to what was happening outside of the foul lines. But the authors don't offer too much analysist. The resulting book feels a little too short.
From the massive rise of the decade’s early years to the cratering of its ending, “Dynastic, Bombastic, Fantastic” paints a picture of perhaps the most undercelebrated great team of the modern era...Turbow captures the deep weirdness of the era as it was refracted through the prism of baseball.
Carew’s funny, fascinating and unflinching tribute to her father is a portrait of a complex man: not just a war hero but a flawed husband; not just a Jedburgh but her incorrigible and much-missed dad.
This is a look back at a baseball pennant-winner that came out of nowhere, had a great season, and disappeared just as quickly. This features a fan's enthusiasm for the subject by the author, but also carries a few biases in that direction that don't quite pass the smell test. However, Phillies fans will enjoy it.
It’s the spirit of this novel that makes it stand out. It is inspiring to read Peyton’s celebration of a sense of adventure, which, eschewing the epic, focuses instead on the person of a gardener’s daughter, who instinctively understands that a life lived to the full demands occasional wildness of heart.
Especially vivid is the portrayal of Anna Wolkoff...has a rare talent for isolating details that capture the feel and tempo of London’s past.
“Setting Free the Kites” is sharp and clever, charged with the love inherent to young friendship. Sweet and serious and goofy and sad, it will likely inspire memories of those friends who long ago changed you for the better.
Roper’s biography, distinguished by the excellence of its writing and research, is the beginning of wisdom in all things Reformation, anti-Roman and, alas, proto-Hitlerite. Rarely has a church reformer presented such a dubious side.
This is a very intelligent book, full of sharp insights and mordant wit. But as Harari would probably be the first to admit, it’s only intelligent by human standards, which are nothing special. By the standards of the smartest machines it’s woolly and speculative.
The Schooldays of Jesus, philosophically dense as it is, is parched, relentlessly adult fare – rather like eating endless bread and bean paste.
Vilcek artfully joins the chronicle of his scientific work and the dramatic events that punctuated his life under two totalitarian regimes, culminating in his flight to freedom. An inspiring page-turner.
Two sad strains, the spirits’ stubborn, nostalgic attachment to the world of the living and Lincoln’s monumental sorrow, make up a haunting American ballad that will inspire increased devotion among Saunders’s admirers.
...as Norse tales have not received quite the same attention as, say, the Greek myths, it is nice to see someone passing these stories along to inspire another generation.
Autumn is a beautiful, poignant symphony of memories, dreams and transient realities; the “endless sad fragility” of mortal lives.
Heartbreak is a constant companion in the sports world, the notion of just-missed opportunity. Cox captures that sense, even as the men themselves acknowledge that this is how it goes sometimes in the game that they love.
Lovers of the game will love the opportunity to glimpse bits and pieces of baseball’s regional uniqueness; it’s a chance to get an idea of the sport’s aesthetics as seen from another fan’s seat. And with baseball season fast approaching, many of those seats are soon to be taken.
It might have done with another edit – the word “glittering” is overused and there is a pervasive sense of material overstretched, especially towards the end – but at its best this is an enthralling story...
At a moment when we are preoccupied with migration, it offers a sympathetic perspective on the difficulties of adjusting to life in a new place over two generations.
A posthumous memoir by Martin Luther King Jr.’s widow, told via a journalist, minister, and longtime friend...A touching memoir from an important figure in the civil rights movement.