Exhaustively researched and brilliantly written, “In the Kingdom of the Ice” is the work of a top-notch historian and storyteller. Readers braced for its hardships are in for a great read.
"The Invisible Bridge" is surely not the last word on the events of 1973-76, but it would be hard to top it for sheer entertainment value.
Gripping and as well-crafted as an episode of Smiley’s People, full of cynical inevitability, secrets, lashings of whiskey and corpses.
In this literary but unpretentious book, Makkai has created a juicy and moving story of art and love and the luck it takes for either to last.
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 authors weave the story of the agency’s literature programme around the account of Pasternak’s own life, and those of his contemporaries. In doing so, they manage to shed new light on both the period and the characters involved.
Owen’s sentence-by-sentence prose is extraordinarily polished—a noteworthy feat for a 500-page debut—and she packs many surprises into her tale, making it a book for readers to lose themselves in.
Birmingham is a bit of an overstater, and occasionally he gets his facts wrong, but these are minor flaws. “The Most Dangerous Book” is an engaging, fast-paced read about a time when literature mattered deeply.
It’s this kind of passing detail, blending the comic and the tragic, briefly redirecting the reader’s attention toward the million different wars going on all at once, that gives “Midnight in Europe” its terrific texture of reality.
“Scalia: A Court of One” peaks with a sustained and gripping account of the court’s role in the 2000 presidential election.
Slava’s romantic and professional reckonings in the closing pages are inevitable, but Fishman thoughtfully raises questions of what Holocaust-era suffering is deserving of recompense. A smart first novel that’s unafraid to find humor in atrocity.
Foulds deploys his poetic prose to full effect to evoke the terror, brutality and randomness of battle.
King does not shy from showing the uncomfortable relationship among all three anthropologists and those they study. Particularly upsetting is the portrait of a Tam who returns “civilized” after working in a copper mine. A small gem, disturbing and haunting.
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.
“Gottland” offers an indelible account of the ravages of 20th-century totalitarianism and the way it continues to pollute human thought and behavior in the 21st century.
Bird’s meticulous account of Ames’s career amid an ongoing Mideast climate of caution and suspicion is one of the best books on American intelligence community.
"Age of Ambition" is a splendid and entertaining picture of 21st-century China, painted by a young American who moves with ease around the country rather like one of Mao Zedong's proverbial fishes. With a sharp eye and a keen nose, Mr. Osnos...introduces us to the people living in a country undergoing "a transformation...
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.
This novel, by an outstanding historian, is a gripping, intelligent story. The author adds some historical / facts vs. fiction notes at the end which are always welcomed and, in my eyes, add an extra dimension to any historical novel.
This novel will be a piece of luck for anyone with a long plane journey or beach holiday ahead. It is such a page-turner, entirely absorbing: one of those books in which the talent of the storyteller surmounts stylistic inadequacies and ultimately defies one's better judgment.