Sides' book is a masterful work of history and storytelling, and it rewards patient readers with scenes of human strength and frailty they will long remember.
Perlstein (Nixonland) snuffs out any nostalgic glow in this massive and wide-ranging portrait of 1973 to 1976...outstanding work...
Gripping and as well-crafted as an episode of Smiley’s People, full of cynical inevitability, secrets, lashings of whiskey and corpses.
Think David Lodge meets Maggie Shipstead as Makkai’s suspenseful scene building and comic timing make “The Hundred-Year House” a captivating read.
Seiffert’s last leg is perhaps a stretch too far that ekes out more of the same and tells us nothing new. Indeed, for some readers the entire book may feel like too great a distance to cover...However, Seiffert’s tragedy grips while it disturbs and its emotional punch makes it worth persevering until her bitter end.
The book’s energy, its wide reach and rich detail make it a confident example of the “unputdownable” novel.
It is quite simply a remarkable story and fully sourced book, the scholarship peerless but never eclipsing one amazingly humanist story of a towering figure of 20th century Russian literature.
The most important part of Birmingham’s book may not be the part dealing specifically with Ulysses, but rather the author’s explaining the historical context of the battle...Although Birmingham’s account is thorough and at times brilliant in its rendering of the issues and personalities involved, the overall effect is dispiriting.
As always, Furst is a master of atmosphere, re-creating those prewar days so vividly we can almost imagine that we, like the characters, operate in the dark at midnight, unaware of what happens next...
“Scalia: A Court of One” peaks with a sustained and gripping account of the court’s role in the 2000 presidential election.
Slava knows that to make his stories convincing he has to get the details right, and...he provides more than enough correct details and well crafted figurative turns of phrase to convince most readers to go along with him...
By the end, which features some difficult, realistic, and earned resolutions, readers will be amazed at this deeply felt, vivid novel.
Atmospheric and sensual, with startling images throughout, Euphoria is an intellectually stimulating tour de force.
Hard Choices is something of a paradox. On the one hand it shores up the view that Clinton would make a good president...On the other, it is a dull affair. From the point of view of the reader, it is an easy decision. Reviewers read Hard Choices so that you don’t have to.
Impassioned, insightful snapshots of life in pre–Velvet Revolution Czechoslovakia....All of these congruous pieces create a patchwork tapestry of Central European history...A controversial, insightful work from Poland’s 2013 journalist of the year.
A low-key, respectful life of a decent American officer whose quietly significant work helped lead to the Oslo Accords.
Osnos finds that the Chinese are just as ingenious at finding ways to circumvent authoritative repression as they are at filling the spiritual vacuum left by the cult of Mao. Pleasant, peripatetic musings revealing a great deal about the Chinese character.
Will history see Geithner as a great Treasury secretary? That is uncertain. He was certainly effective. But too much of this otherwise self-deprecating memoir is self-defence.
...the book gives us more than mere romance, and whether its subject is love or power, it is certainly a darkly enjoyable read.
The prose is lovely, with the sort of wondrous, magical, humor-free tone that could be cheesy in the wrong hands. Doerr's novel is ambitious and majestic without bluntness or overdependence on heartbreak...