There are moments of dark musicality, and Eggers’s concern with the abuse of power is resonant. But the novel is hollowed out by its main character’s mixture of apocalyptic gloom and repetitive pedantry.
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.
...she presents a clear-eyed assessment of Luce's strong, egotistical personality that does full justice to this fascinating icon.
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.
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.
For those new to China, Mr Osnos beautifully portrays the nation in all its craziness, providing a ringside seat for the greatest show on earth.
He says that the financial rescue programs enacted in the crisis years were a success because the alternative—which no one can ever know—would have been far worse. What we do know is that, six years later, the economy is suffering through a historically weak recovery and the emergency programs haven't ended.
The story in the book of Mr. Greenwald's contacts and conversations with Mr. Snowden and others may very well be true; I have no basis to question it. And Mr. Greenwald's political arguments are, of course, open to debate. But his portrait of the nature and goals of the NSA programs is simply false.
“Cubed” is itself a pleasure to read: beautifully written and clearly organized. Since many Americans now, women as well as men, spend more than half their waking hours at work, it’s also an important exploration.
Ms. Warren's descriptions of herself may be the most interesting part of "A Fighting Chance." To judge by her own account, she seems prone to bullying...Yet she also portrays herself as a small-town gal with an aw-shucks demeanor. She vomits backstage before appearing on "The Daily Show," and on the campaign trail walks "straight into a pole."
Taylor’s critique hits hard because she’s not so easily dismissed as reactionary critics like Andrew Keen or Evgeny Morozov who tend to regard the web’s cultural products as the juvenile doodlings of the undereducated.
Despite Carter’s left-of-center perspective, A Call to Action issues a call that, in many ways, conservative evangelicals can particularly appreciate.
He may be too optimistic about China and enlightened authoritarianism, and China will not for a long time, if ever, replace America as the safeguarder of the global commons.
...an excellent book for which 3/11, as the event is known in Japan, is as much pretext as subject matter. For Mr Pilling’s thesis is that, horrifying though it was, the triple disaster three years ago was neither a game-changing event nor truly novel.
As an account of husband-hunting, The Fishing Fleet is thorough and serviceable. As an account of how to screw up two societies at once, it's unparalleled.
This book's strength is mixing research and anecdote in a lively, accessible way, with a reporter's eye for detail.
...has clear weaknesses. The most important is that it does not deal with why soaring inequality – while more than adequately demonstrated – matters. Essentially, Piketty simply assumes that it does.
To be French is to be a citizen of the republic first. Everything else, religion included, comes second. As can be expected, Muslims find this attitude problematic. A vivid illumination of the ongoing, painful and perhaps insoluble French dilemma.
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.
Mr. Easterly calls for a profound overhaul of the way powerful nations conceive of and implement aid—and, more important, of the broader foreign-policy decision-making of which aid is a component. That change is needed. It's just not clear this book is crisp or cogent enough to help advance it.