In the end, Greenwald underplays the real media problem. The NSA is in many ways a product of the feverish ways in which terrorism is portrayed. The bomb at last year’s Boston marathon was a horrific event, killing four people, but it also produced dramatic overreaction.
And so the appearance of William D. Cohan's "The Price of Silence,'' in part a comprehensive examination of the case, may prompt weary sighs...And yet there are good reasons to plunge into Mr. Cohan's chronicle—not least, his meticulous research and evenhanded tone.
For his part, Carter is urging readers to understand the gravity of the problem of female abuse and subjugation, a crisis he has said is the world’s most pressing issue today – and one not limited to women.
Evelyn Barish's "The Double Life of Paul de Man" is the first full-length biography of its subject...Though Ms. Barish adds much to our knowledge of this brilliant intellectual counterfeit, her book disappointed me. At times she doesn't seem quite attuned to the way deconstructionists use language.
In Rebecca Newberger Goldstein’s new book...Plato turns up not only at the search engine’s headquarters in Mountain View, Calif...In Goldstein’s neat finale, the pupil of Socrates and teacher of Aristotle eagerly disappears into the magnetic bowels of an fM.R.I. scanner to have his brain probed.
For those seeking a particularly egregious example of what can happen when secrecy gets out of hand, “The Burglary” is a natural place to begin.
For the most part, I Am Malala succeeds in its lucid explanation of a history unfamiliar to most people in the West, and as a testament to bravery and perseverance.
Bennoune, and those she profiles, bravely meets the tide of extremism with a sense of shared community and nonviolent purpose.
An entertaining, well-researched account of the quest that brims with our fond hopes, foolishness and even desperation.
Indeed, the book could be described as an historical study, in which the author traces the Framers' original intent to each of his new proposals. For that reason, the book is useful as a primer on the history of debates....about some of the key features, and emerging weaknesses, of our constitutional system.
An important, sometimes-groundbreaking account of police gone wild.
...The Ocean at the End of the Lane is not only for adults who remember being children, but, perhaps more importantly, for those who’ve forgotten.
A dramatic study emphasizing some of the combined consequences of ideological obsessions and bureaucratic thoughtlessness.
The Anatomy of Violence is a sobering reminder that for all our cultural pretensions, we are also at the mercy of our biological systems.
...this book deserves to be debated widely; indeed, given the west’s current predicament, the discussion it provokes is – dare I say it – timely.
My problems with the novel started the moment Abra waltzed on to the page...I never felt Abra was a real character...I would love to say that Eli or even the mystery make up for that, but they really don’t.
Though less ripping than “Wedlock”, this story is told with gusto.
A reader could easily run out of adjectives to describe . . . Antifragile. The first ones that come to mind are . . . maddening, bold, repititious . . . indulgent . . . perspicacious.
This broad approach toward harnessing our "negative capability" deserves wide readership
This book is not for all, but for those needing a certain kind of scriptural rock, it is solid. (