He was America’s cheerleader, the slick beast slouching toward Washington, waiting to be born again. A compelling, astute chronicle of the politics and culture of late-20th-century America.
Composed entirely of dialogue, the latest from Eggers (The Circle) is more tedious deposition than gripping drama...There are flashes of sardonic humor and revelations about the triggering event behind the kidnappings, but by then readers will feel as if they themselves have been detained far too long.
...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.
...she presents a clear-eyed assessment of Luce's strong, egotistical personality that does full justice to this fascinating icon.
But to call the book a "biography" is overgenerous. Mr. Murphy never manages to piece these discrete snippets into anything resembling a historically informed portrait of the justice's life...This is not a good book. And that's a shame, because his legacy deserves serious analysis. Rarely has a legal career been so transformative.
Hard Choices is something of a paradox. On the one hand it shores up the view that Clinton would make a good president...On the other, it is a dull affair. From the point of view of the reader, it is an easy decision. Reviewers read Hard Choices so that you don’t have to.
A low-key, respectful life of a decent American officer whose quietly significant work helped lead to the Oslo Accords.
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.
Blessedly, Age of Ambition is not a book about numbers, but about humans, and its revelations unfold not through Paul Theroux-ish bloviations, but through reportage...the book’s deep research, superb reporting, clear prose and unflustered conclusions make it a fine and necessary summary of Chinese ascendancy.
Jang’s rare high-level insider’s perspective on the North Korean system is especially eye-opening; drawing from secret archives, he relates how devious bureaucrat Kim Jong-il usurped the power of his father...Jang’s almost impossibly dramatic story is one of the best depictions yet of North Korea’s nightmare.
Covering the first meeting of Glenn Greenwald with Kenneth Snowden and its aftermath, No Place to Hide reads like a spy novel, which it is, but a true one.
An editor of n +1 offers an illuminating study of the modern office and its antecedents...Ferociously lucid and witty.
A frankly partisan memoir that provides shrewd insights into both national politics and the state of the middle class.
In The People’s Platform, she meticulously details how work, education, and the public sphere have been eroded. Ideas, practices and tools of enlightenment, emancipation and opportunity are subverted even by people who profess those ideals. And the Internet is the linchpin, the Winnipeg-born documentarian asserts.
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.
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.
This book makes a good fist of disentangling the curious charms of the Japanese and for helping outsiders to understand them a little better.
De Courcy has done a good deal of fishing herself, trolling for stories in sources that date from the early days of the company in the 17th century...bulk of her material is from the late 19th and early 20th centuries — perhaps simply because there’s more of it and perhaps because this seems to be her own favorite stalking ground.
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.