The main problem is that in trying to give the book enough window-dressing to encourage sales, the authors veer from academic rigour to lightweight anecdotal evidence in a way that squanders much of their authority.
Senior could have made this book twice as long given the minefield parents and their kids face, but what she did produce is well-considered and valuable information.
Mr. Gates has been a public servant for four decades under eight presidents. I think that he should have let time heal wounds before writing his book, but it was obviously an exorcism of the demons that he acquired while writing over a thousand condolence letters to the families of our fallen warriors.
The almost total absence of Newt Gingrich -- whose media-savvy, scorched-earth politics in the late '80s and early '90s created the formula that Ailes perfected -- highlights how Sherman misses the forest for the bullied trees.
...like much of what goes before it, it proves hard to sustain her extreme subject. After a while everything tastes the same—just like chicken.
In the end, the main value of Happy City is not in saying something new, but in saying forcefully what can't be said too much.
While much of this historical period has been examined in close detail, Goodwin provides a fuller picture of Taft’s career that was driven strongly by his ambitious wife and of the life and times of the “muckrakers,”
This is a book for political animals, especially those who enjoy a fun read. Researchers looking for carved-in-stone political history, however, might want to look elsewhere for the story of last year’s presidential campaign.
...richly textured account of the road to war. Her title draws attention to the fact that Europe had seen no major war for decades before 1914, although some powers had fought in limited conflicts...
It’s fitting that Mr. Shorto uses Amsterdam’s water problems as a prime example of what cooperative effort can accomplish.
...Mr Greenspan scarcely builds on this framework. Instead he abruptly changes course, launching into a fairly conventional description of the troubles that lurked in the pre-crisis financial markets. This discussion yields a rare, tepid statement of contrition...
There’s the Yugoslavian janitor who studied for 12 years to earn his classics degree...There’s no judgment, just observation and in many cases reverence, making for an inspiring reading and visual experience.
For the most part, I Am Malala succeeds in its lucid explanation of a history unfamiliar to most people in the West, and as a testament to bravery and perseverance.
What comes across clearest in Bryson’s lucid, lighthearted narrative is the pure energy and crazed optimism of the era.
More than anything, David And Goliath feels like one of Gladwell’s New Yorker articles stretched past his limit. Unfortunately, the book proves Steven Pinker right: Gladwell should stick to shorter works.
Fans of Parks and Recreation and Offerman’s brand of deadpan humor are sure to gorge themselves on the healthy portion he provides.
Ultimately, Thank You is an important piece of work, a deep dive into the psychology of a country where a poor job market and a short national memory mean there is almost nothing left but pity for the men and women returning from conflict.
As a book about a cinematic comedy of errors, “The Disaster Artist” is much better than the mess of a movie it describes.
As is true so often in life more could have been achieved had less been attempted. Her efforts to draw together so many threads over such a broad canvas inevitably lead to discontinuities and contradictions.
For policymakers, parents and anyone concerned about the dismantling of one of our democracy’s great institutions.