"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.
The Philby legend as told by Mr. Macintyre involves such enigmatic and eccentric characters as James Jesus Angleton, the head of CIA counterintelligence, who was one of the last to believe the truth about the Englishman...
There have been peeks inside Ms. Lee’s world. Journalists have made the pilgrimage to Monroeville, Ala., where she has hidden in plain sight all these decades...I simply wish it were a good book...It doesn’t so much spill the beans about Ms. Lee as infantilize her.
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.
While this text gives the more rugged genres their insightful due, Stanley's main fascinations are with process, personalities and populism, alighting on the backroom operators and the unsung facilitators...Emotion is key, too, and anecdotes that speak a thousand lyrics.
...the trip is worth making. Freediving fascinates, and Nestor uses vivid, visual prose, a sense of humor and a fat travel allowance to introduce readers to its customs, habitués and scenery.
Plowing her way through 460,000 items of Clare’s restricted papers at the Library of Congress, a collection bigger than that of most presidents, Ms. Morris was the only author given complete access. She has also uncovered rich sources elsewhere...
It is quite simply a remarkable story and fully sourced book, the scholarship peerless but never eclipsing one amazingly humanist story of a towering figure of 20th century Russian literature.
The story of "Ulysses" has been told before, but not with Mr. Birmingham's thoroughness. "The Most Dangerous Book" makes use of newspaper reports, court documents, letters and the existing Joyce biographies. It looks back to a time "when novelists tested the limits of the law...and makes one almost nostalgic for it.
“Scalia: A Court of One” peaks with a sustained and gripping account of the court’s role in the 2000 presidential election.
Carsick isn’t a straightforward On the Road clone, however. Waters impishly provides us with not only a day-by-day description of his actual hitchhike, but two novellas...
With this rich trove of material her book is at times funny, warm, emotional — a sort of personal bildungsroman that powerfully evokes both the angst of early adulthood and life in literary New York in the mid-1990s.
How Not to Be Wrong, however, concentrates on statistics and probability, areas of mathematics for which there are more obvious applications. You will be hard pushed to find a sharper and more readable exposition of standard mathematical concepts such as p-values, expectation and correlation than in this book.
Clinton's calculated mix of soaring rhetoric and tacit realpolitik reveals much, but not everything.
The author’s detractors will likely find fault, but this is a fitting cap to a sui generis career, equally satisfying in short installments or read straight through.
Gottland is a fascinating portrait of a people whose silence seems to speak louder than any words could, and a country that partially lives in the shadow of a long-gone monument that still seems to rise far into the sky.
But Dyer never gets past the “wow, this is weird” stage and into the reality that these are regular citizens...most of it is the tale of a dyspeptic man not connecting with his own species; the fact it is a shtick doesn’t make it any more convincing.
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.
“Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle That Defined a Generation,” a new book by Blake J. Harris, focuses on the history of video games as an industrye...the business intrigue and marketing high jinks in “Console Wars” can be entertaining.