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.
Despite Carter’s left-of-center perspective, A Call to Action issues a call that, in many ways, conservative evangelicals can particularly appreciate.
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.
She shows that most of the victims of violent fundamentalism are themselves Muslim. Her subjects are people who found dignity and meaning in Islam, often as part of a rich local culture, but who were branded as backsliders or apostates by an invasive species of zealotry.
“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.
Mark Levin’s new book (The Liberty Amendments: Restoring the American Republic, published by Simon & Schuster) should be required reading for conservative bloggers, reporters, radio talk-show hosts, state legislators, members of Congress, and grassroots activists all over America.
The problem...is that we “tend not to take notice of such long-developing trends...The first and perhaps largest barrier to halting police militarization has probably been awareness.” After reading Balko, you’ll be aware, alright—and scared.
Poignant and heartbreaking, eloquent and frightening, impeccably rendered, it’s a fable that reminds us how our lives are shaped by childhood experiences, what we gain from them and the price we pay.
As their title might suggest, they take a dim view of the feed-a-bank-starve-a-hospital solutions of austerity, which they argue don’t even succeed on their own terms, increasing unemployment, slowing consumer spending...
If he shouts a little too loudly about the brain’s role, it is because that voice needs to be heard. In The Anatomy of Violence, it comes across clearly, powerfully and often persuasively.
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.
Though less ripping than “Wedlock”, this story is told with gusto.
The Black Swan author's latest book is full of important warnings and insights – and a whole lot of hubris
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. (