Mr. Gates has been a public servant for four decades under eight presidents. I think that he should have let time heal wounds before writing his book, but it was obviously an exorcism of the demons that he acquired while writing over a thousand condolence letters to the families of our fallen warriors.
Flavia retains her droll wit...The solution to a murder is typically neat, and the conclusion sets up future books nicely.
I can’t recall reading a book about slavery that presented in such vivid and heartbreaking detail just what the daily life and labor felt like. But Kidd’s fluid and often beautiful language glides and soars and pulls up Sarah and Hetty with it.
As with many sufferers, Stossel’s quest to find relief is unfinished, but his book relays a masterful understanding of the condition he and millions of others endure.
Cornwell skillfully illuminates the competing cultures of the 10th Century; the conflict between Dane and Saxon is examined with sympathy and insight...
In the end I’m not sure that some of the central questions about writing and drinking ever really get answered. Their alcoholism may have destroyed them, but did it in some way make them great writers?
In the third installment of the Rules of Scoundrels series, MacLean once again creates compelling and complex characters and sets them on a path toward love and reconciliation that begins with seemingly impossible odds and ends with exquisite fulfillment. Beguiling and emotionally lush.
...Mr Shavit speaks to those outside Israel who condemn it as cruel and arrogant. As this book shows, that is a tragic misreading of a nation.
The fact that the story shifts its focus from amnesia and rediscovery to something completely different may cause some discomfort because it happens so suddenly. Ultimately, the story is too ambitious and does not do adequate justice to its heavy subject matter.
Readers looking for nuance will not find it here, but there are plot twists, adventure, heartbreak, and familial love in spades, making this the kind of story that keeps readers turning pages in a fever.
She is a brisk storyteller, and despite its flaws, The Valley of Amazement packs in enough drama to keep her readers going to the end.
It’s no small achievement to have something new to say on Teddy Roosevelt’s presidency, but Goodwin succeeds admirably. A notable, psychologically charged study in leadership.
Mark Halperin and John Heilemann authored a megaselling account of the 2008 drama, "Game Change." Their sequel, "Double Down," struggles to achieve the melodramatic heights of four years earlier...
I would...have been quite happy had the book not contained what seemed to be the obligatory sex-scene near the end...coming as it does after the resolution of the conflict between Hugh and his father, did feel somewhat “tacked on”.
...MacMillan is largely unconvincing in some key arguments about the war’s origins and offers no new reinterpretation of events the lead up to the war.
This is a rich and fascinating book that never relaxes its hold on the reader despite the marshalling of a mass of complex historical details seen through the prism of Cixi.
An unconventional history of ballooning, this quirky, endearing, and enticing collection melds the spirit of discovery with chemistry, physics, engineering, and the imagination.
To illustrate a later episode of religious conflict, he introduces the reader to a Holocaust survivor, a childhood acquaintance of Anne Frank. His account of Amsterdam’s physical growth is just as engrossing.
Greig’s understanding of Freud’s place in art history...is...banal, as are his analyses of the connections between life and art...
A richly readable and authoritative addition to the literature of wine.