Mr Greenwald used to be a lawyer. He is very good at showing that much NSA activity was against the law; for example, the agency took raw data collected from Americans and secretly gave it to Israel. All too often, though, he proselytises rather than analyses.
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.
Reading her comments on de Man’s ideas, or on Bataille’s or Sartre’s, is like watching a film out of focus — it’s all there, but very approximate. Does this mean de Man was innocent? Hardly. But his story deserves a less biased and more knowledgeable telling.
Ms. Goldstein's book is felicitously written, impressively researched, insightful, important, entertaining and glowing with intelligence. Plato is brought marvelously to life...Plato may have died more than 2,000 years ago, but he lives on, vibrantly, in these piquant pages.
Unfortunately, Ms. Medsger's writing is pedestrian and often repetitive...Nonetheless, "The Burglary" is an important work, the definitive treatment of an unprecedented and largely forgotten "act of resistance" that revealed shocking official criminality in postwar America.
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.
“If this dream were a book, what would it be about?” he pondered. “ “There was only one answer: a book of immortality.” For one, I am very happy Gollner had that dream — and wrote this beautiful, illuminating opus.
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.
Mr. Balko saves his prescriptions for reform until the last chapter. Two of his fixes, transparency and accountability, are good remedies for all governmental overreach.
This is a fairly short novel in a genre known for its doorstoppers...and that's to its benefit: The story is tightly plotted and exciting. Reading it feels a lot like diving into an extremely smart, morally ambiguous fairy tale.
...by telling the stories of individual victims of austerity as well as analysing its impact at the population level, Stuckler and Basu provide a wealth of evidence that it is bad for our health. That is a valuable contribution to the current debate.
The Anatomy of Violence is a sobering reminder that for all our cultural pretensions, we are also at the mercy of our biological systems.
Whether or not Smolin wins his argument with his fellow physicists, the case he makes for saying that when we deny the reality of time, we are confusing a mathematical model with what it is modelling seems to me convincing.
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.
Wendy Moore’s narrative brilliantly delineates the political and intellectual forces that shaped and nurtured Day...himself emerges as a rounded and not entirely unsympathetic character; his friends and detractors are depicted with equal liveliness.
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. (