...if this is a quieter volume than its predecessor, and if it at times treads familiar ground, it nevertheless adds insight and texture to Laxer’s continuing tale of how a continent of bickering, mutually suspicious European settlers created the remarkably peaceable North America we enjoy today.
Mathilde is timid and strong, childlike and complex, vividly narrating her story in great detail, encompassing myriad characters and events, all without censoring her fears...Deeply emotional, compelling, and brilliant.
Christopher Goscha’s thorough and thoughtful new history of Vietnam counters these simple portrayals with large and welcome doses of complexity.
“Mischling” is not for everyone...it will surely offend those who still chafe at the idea of fictionalizing the Holocaust. But readers who allow themselves to fall under the spell of Konar’s exceptionally sensitive writing may well find the book unforgettable.
This is a book that makes one kneel before the elegance of the human spirit and the yearning that is at the essence of every life.
A thorough and accessible introduction to the Holocaust and the students who dared to take a stand against evil.
In a prodigious display of historical research, Taylor has drawn on nearly a thousand books and articles, listed in his 55-page bibliography...Sometimes Taylor’s emphasis on irony and contradiction slips into anachronism.
There’s no question that Smith was an accomplished and loyal soldier who served her country well, but readers will be left wondering why she didn’t address crucial aspects of service.
Overall, this is not a book written under the sign of the “global turn” in history. Instead, in the end, it is high politics and war that Evans ends up stressing.
This book will become required reading for the present-day Labour party as it tears itself apart in a desperate attempt to redefine a credible socialism for the 21st century.
"Scarred’s pace is nearly cinematic, every action scene ripping with desperate man-to-man violence...Historical fiction and Civil War buffs will wish Scarred were closer to the epic length of Gone with the Wind, simply because the subject never grows tiresome."
Her mother is conspicuously absent from most of the book, and her own evolution as a thinker and writer could have used more patient description. Still, Haderlap’s is a significant achievement, hopefully a herald of more to come. An arresting evocation of memory, community, and suffering.
A brilliant forger’s 29-year resistance against oppression...Writing in Adolfo’s voice gives this suspenseful narrative candor and immediacy.
There was quite a bit of buzz about Perv on Twitter....So of course I bought it...There are not enough books where the hero is so worshipful of ladybits. This really should be a whole new trope.
...to history buffs, THE PERFECT HORSE provides a totally fresh look at WWII that can’t be found anywhere else.
Throughout, the author writes competently but without much flair; what carries the story is the subject, who had a knack for being in the right place at the right time, especially when it came to shooting down Japanese planes. Scott remains a footnote, but Coram’s book is a pleasure for fans of military aviation history.
Obama’s successor will need to invest in a comprehensive approach to Iran, and “The Iran Wars” offers a useful — if somewhat partisan — perspective on the recent track record for such an undertaking.
A remarkably evenhanded biography of an important player in Arab history that doubles as a crucial scholarly reinterpretation of the rise and fall of Arab nationalism.
This story loses its way by not letting readers into the modern world of the Native American teenager, who would more likely write rap songs than ceremonial poetry. At times Tess’ grandmother feels more part of that world, with her purchase of Day-Glo green sneakers, than Tess does.
If Van Lustbader intends for Whitman and Red Rover to be serial players, he should avoid the fog of war and offer more focused narratives.