"In the Kingdom of Ice" has two relatively minor flaws, sins of omission, as it were...But overall, the book is a marvelous nonfiction thriller.
"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.
What the book lacks is objectivity. Not only does the author note that she never asked questions she felt would be unwelcome, she is awestruck to the point of obsequiousness. It is to the book’s and the readers’ detriment that her hero worship of her often grumpy subject is so glaring.
John D. Bassett III's determination to maintain U.S. manufacturing, to keep his factories open and his workers employed, makes him a hero to Ms. Macy, and her prodigious research and colorful writing make this book worthwhile for anyone interested in reviving American industry.
A creative who's also worked on the other side of the business as a label owner, Stanley digs too into the rise of music's ancillary industries, such as the pop press ("consumers wanted … to feel closer to their idols," he writes) and music-based television programming...
The ocean will soon be front and center in pop culture. “Deep” will — you should pardon the expression — whet the public’s appetite for it.
In "Price of Fame," the second volume of her stellar biography of Ann Clare Boothe Brokaw Luce (1903-87), Sylvia Jukes Morris takes up the story she began in "Rage for Fame," published 17 years ago. Both books are models of the biographer's art—meticulously researched, sophisticated, fair-minded and compulsively readable.
...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.
The most important part of Birmingham’s book may not be the part dealing specifically with Ulysses, but rather the author’s explaining the historical context of the battle...Although Birmingham’s account is thorough and at times brilliant in its rendering of the issues and personalities involved, the overall effect is dispiriting.
Bruce Murphy...conveys the biographical detail well enough, though the snide tone and his apparent lack of deep interest in his subject’s views detract from the narrative.
In another writer-director’s hands, this might seem gauche, but Waters loves and is fascinated by his own celebrity, and he wears it well.
The result is a very rich memoir, enlivened by Rakoff’s note-perfect recollection of scenes and conversations, her humorous but sympathetic portrayal of personalities, including Salinger’s, her strong sense of period and social history. As a depiction of a world on the brink of the Internet and cellphones, My Salinger Year is superb.
...in "How Not to Be Wrong" Jordan Ellenberg convincingly demonstrates that everyday reality may indeed be elucidated through mathematical reasoning...This book will help you to avoid the pitfalls that result from not having the right tools. It will help you realize that mathematical reasoning permeates our lives...
That Clinton keeps her cards close to her chest can be read as proof positive of a presidential run in her future. Maybe after that, she can finally give us the goods.
There are many nice moments in “Tibetan Peach Pie.” (Explaining the title is not worth the effort.) But it’s mostly a string of anecdotes; the author doesn’t reach deep for genuine self-examination. His similes sometimes work; just as often, they’re a professional charmer’s determined overkill.
The leitmotif of these tales is dispossession: the Czech people struggling to remain individuals in a state where individualism is literally a crime. Faced with the hand-tailored sadism and iron whimsy of occupying forces, these men and women must make a choice: resist or submit.
...his narrative is focused on not eating what the rest of the crew is eating, not sleeping where others sleep...he waits in his cabin alone, wondering what the hell is going on. Dyer might as well be on a cruise ship, and he knows it.
...this book should appeal to a wider audience. It underlines the need for intelligence-gathering by humans as well as by machines, and illustrates the gap between spying and policy.
While the story is presented as a series of contrasts...it's also a fascinating, even illuminating, history of the video game industry as seen through the experiences of two influential companies...This is an essential read for any interested in the evolution of video games, and the rise and fall of Sega as a console contender.