If you somehow haven’t read To Kill a Mockingbird, go to the library...or bookstore immediately. If you haven’t read To Kill a Mockingbird recently, it is worth reading the novel again.
Such assessments could make for a gloomy read but but Kolbert manages to avoid being depressing or preachy by keeping her focus on the science, which is engrossing, and the scientists she meets along the way. Together, they form a remarkable cast of characters, all grappling with an unprecedented moment in the story of life.
Though the narrative could have used a tighter edit in a few places, Isaacson's portrait of this complex, often unlikable genius is, to quote Jobs, insanely great.
Mr Greenwald used to be a lawyer. He is very good at showing that much NSA activity was against the law; for example, the agency took raw data collected from Americans and secretly gave it to Israel. All too often, though, he proselytises rather than analyses.
This book lets you make your own opinion on each character and it's not all black and white with baddies and goodies as each of them has multiple flaws which make them all the more interesting.
All in all, Huxley's Brave New World finds itself increasingly relevant to contemporary issues that plague late capitalism. It asks us to step back from our cultural assumptions about what is worth pursuing in a civilization, and I guess that's what makes it ideal for high school curriculum.
The Shallows isn’t McLuhan’s Understanding Media, but the curiosity rather than trepidation with which Carr reports on the effects of online culture pulls him well into line with his predecessor.
Wilbur gets to go to the fair and has many adventures in the barn. I thought this book was very good and I really enjoyed it.
And Then There Were None is a mystery heaping with generous portions of conundrum, betrayal and eeriness. Underneath it all, I found a message that will guide me through life: Never trust anyone.
Ronson reminds us that shaming is, by definition, a public phenomenon...True, nobody is physically harmed (usually) in an Internet flogging, but the damage to one's reputation can be more severe, and enduring...Ronson has written a fresh, big-hearted take on an important and timely topic. He has nothing to be ashamed of.
Isaacson offers vivid portraits—many based on firsthand interviews—of mathematicians, scientists, technicians and hackers...Isaacson weaves prodigious research and deftly crafted anecdotes into a vigorous, gripping narrative about the visionaries whose imaginations and zeal continue to transform our lives.
This well-known story marks the beginning of perhaps the greatest, possibly most influential, and certainly the most world-famous Victorian English fiction, a book that hovers between a nonsense tale and an elaborate in-joke.
But perhaps what my jaded adult mind appreciated more was the wry humour in the narrative voices, a sense of the fun Márquez is poking at the pretensions of his characters and their little world.
Filled with sharp dialogue and detailed descriptions of how to counteract . . . tracers and other surveillance devices, this work makes its admittedly didactic point within a tautly crafted fictional framework.
This book, small and easily digested, stopping just short of the maudlin and the mawkish, is on the whole sincere, sentimental, and skillful.
Beyond being a “good story,” this book gives its readers a rare chance to be involved in extending the real-life story of hope and to understand the power of the human spirit to overcome great adversity and singly make a difference in the world—to build windmills of our own.
Insight Edition has succeeded in adding a whole new dimension to Austen’s work. The text of Pride and Prejudice largely speaks for itself and yet the editors did a wonderful job of adding information that enriched the book and made it even more appealing.
Unfortunately, his account of technological innovations is too sketchy for laypeople to quite follow.
Mr. Silver illustrates his dos and don’ts through a series of interesting essays that examine how predictions are made in fields including chess, baseball, weather forecasting, earthquake analysis and politics.
But he saves some of the best for the final chapter, describing his attempts to explore the vast data centres run by the world's internet giants.