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.
“The Good Spy” provides a fresh and grainy view of the rise of organizations like Hezbollah, and of figures like Osama bin Laden. It allows us to meet in Ames a quiet but strong personality, a man whose fundamental decency allowed him to see both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict clearly.
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.
"No Place to Hide" is uneven; it doesn't really tell us anything we didn't know already, and Snowden himself disappears about 100 pages in. Still, and despite Greenwald's more self-important tendencies, the book is part of a necessary conversation about surveillance and privacy.
An editor of n +1 offers an illuminating study of the modern office and its antecedents...Ferociously lucid and witty.
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."
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.
Carter’s book is a call to action, it will make you think and make you more conscience of the system of discrimination towards women that is found in every nation.
An up-and-down examination in which the author claims that the future of the Pacific Rim will be decided not by what China does but by what America does.
Life is complex and contradictory, more so in Japan than other places. But the story Pilling is telling in this worthwhile book is clearer than such tics suggest. As he puts it, “Two ‘lost decades’ and its manifold problems notwithstanding, reports of Japan’s demise are exaggerated.”
Anne de Courcy tells her story through a mass of evocative detail and a host of memorable characters down the decades and centuries of British life in India. She can make you laugh or break your heart, but she will never bore you.
While the final insights stretch thin, Schulte unearths the attitudes and “powerful cultural expectations” responsible for our hectic lives, documents European alternatives to the work/family balance, and handily summarizes her solutions in an appendix.
...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.
There is some terrific and chilling reporting in “The French Intifada”, and Mr Hussey is at his best when on the streets, hanging out in cafés and souks. Yet there are two problems with this book. One is what it does not say...The other is the book’s structure.
Ms. Goldstein's book is felicitously written, impressively researched, insightful, important, entertaining and glowing with intelligence. Plato is brought marvelously to life...Plato may have died more than 2,000 years ago, but he lives on, vibrantly, in these piquant pages.
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.
His book, "Mad as Hell," turns out to be a reasonably diverting account—almost shot-by-shot—of the making of the movie, padded out with the inevitable behind-the-scenes intrigue, the critical response and a stab at assessing the film's enduring significance, such as it is.
And in The Sixth Extinction, Elizabeth Kolbert, a staff writer for the New Yorker, offers well-composed snapshots of history, theory and observation that will fascinate, enlighten and appal many readers.
As a profile of a long-distance political runner, HRC offers insights into Clinton’s stamina. As an account of the big themes underlying US diplomacy, it falls short.
A newsworthy, must-read book about what prompted Edward Snowden to blow the whistle on his former employer, the National Security Agency, and what likely awaits him for having done so....Whether you view Snowden’s act as patriotic or treasonous, this fast-paced, densely detailed book is the narrative of first resort.