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 is an ambitious and important book that goes far beyond the voyeurism of 24-hour news to identify something timeless and troubling. Shortly after the drownings, Pope Francis spoke of “a day for tears”. Emma Jane Kirby challenges us to do more than cry.
So intriguing is Nem that I would have liked to read more verbatim – perhaps even an appendix containing transcripts of the interviews. That is to quibble. The complexities of Nem’s character are all too evident.
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.
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.
...Hugo-Bader extracts brilliant tales from the extraordinary characters he meets...along the way. The result is a staggering, eye-opening account of a hellish region...
Mr Beer’s book makes a compelling case for placing Siberia right at the centre of 19th-century Russian—and, indeed, European—history. But for students of Soviet and even post-Soviet Russia it holds lessons, too.
Her message is that with hard work, and an attentiveness to our true needs, we can achieve such things. Me, I’m not feeling it.
Ultimately, though, his powers of orchestration succeed. Among the greatest compliments you can give a book is that it helps you to see things differently. So long as you’re not dazzled by the fireworks, Rethink could do just that.
In this passionately argued book, Sutton claims that the level of poverty today means we may see food riots again: “We need to rethink our food systems.”
Bravely, in an era of secularism or religious fundamentalism, this is also a novel about the uncertain pleasures of faith. From Beg’s childless housekeeper, praying for a baby among plastic flowers and gold icons, to the prostitute punning on the last supper (“Take this body, it’s how I earn my bread”), the book raises difficult sacred questions.
Miller’s book is a lively and accessible blend of pop culture and science in which a Dire Straits encore explains the Drake Equation, the platypus introduces evolution...Pop science readers will have fun with this energetic look at the hunt for alien life.
Grisham fans looking for courtroom drama might be disappointed by “The Whistler,” since McDover’s questionable cases are glossed over. The book feels more like the first half of an episode of “Law & Order,”...As ever, Grisham sprinkles “The Whistler” with sharp observations about lawyers.
He speculates that the fragmentation of traditional political tribes and allegiances will lead to further multi-party governments. If he is correct, this honest and thoughtful book has some useful advice for smaller parties in future coalitions about how to avoid its author’s fate.
Stedman Jones develops his argument very gradually, with regular stops to survey the intellectual milieu in which Marx was working. Many of the characters are obscure, so parts of the book are perhaps best suited to people who already know a significant amount about the history of 19th-century philosophy.
That’s as entertaining as the book’s many action scenes, and it enhances his hero creds—but then he ruins it in one scene where he drills a slug through the heart of someone who simply doesn’t deserve it. But the inevitable confrontation between Rapp and Azarov is what thriller readers live for...
That in a nutshell is the story and John Preston’s book is by no means the first on the subject, although he has tapped several new sources. To say, as his publishers do, that “the trial of Jeremy Thorpe changed our society for ever” is an exaggeration. To be sure, it was sensational...
...dismissing everything as absurd is not, as Paxman seems to believe, a prophylactic against pomposity but rather a demonstration of it. This is a shame because when he relaxes, he writes well and entertainingly.
Much of the dialogue, for example, supposedly recalled verbatim, seems sticky with retrospective varnish. Rather, it is Balls’s frustration at what might have been said but was not – partly because the words wouldn’t always flow, but more because modern politics can be so unforgiving of candour – that has the poignant ring of truth.
His book is a fascinating, measured assessment of phenomena more often exploited for sensationalism.