Perlstein (Nixonland) snuffs out any nostalgic glow in this massive and wide-ranging portrait of 1973 to 1976...outstanding work...
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.
...take readers into the world of Soviet intelligentsia and shadowy Cold War politics...overall, a triumphant reminder that truth is sometimes gloriously stranger than fiction.
Morris...earned Luce’s trust and access to more than 460,000 items in the restricted Luce Collection at the Library of Congress. Blonde, beautiful and glamorous...he took many lovers, with a special preference for men in uniform...Morris perceptively reveals the nightmare in this evenhanded and intimate portrait.
“Scalia: A Court of One” peaks with a sustained and gripping account of the court’s role in the 2000 presidential election.
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.
...this book should appeal to a wider audience. It underlines the need for intelligence-gathering by humans as well as by machines, and illustrates the gap between spying and policy.
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.
Osnos finds that the Chinese are just as ingenious at finding ways to circumvent authoritative repression as they are at filling the spiritual vacuum left by the cult of Mao. Pleasant, peripatetic musings revealing a great deal about the Chinese character.
The revelations about North Korea are indeed what give the book its primary interest. Korean experts, eager for any scrap of information to improve their knowledge of the Hermit Kingdom, will comb the text for clues.
Mr Greenwald used to be a lawyer. He is very good at showing that much NSA activity was against the law; for example, the agency took raw data collected from Americans and secretly gave it to Israel. All too often, though, he proselytises rather than analyses.
“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.
By the evidence of this book, she won't parlay that prominence into a run for the 2016 nomination, but she'll do whatever she can to influence those who do.
It’s a difficult book to encapsulate simply...Not to be skimmed. A cogent and genuine argument for the true democratization of online culture.
Despite Carter’s left-of-center perspective, A Call to Action issues a call that, in many ways, conservative evangelicals can particularly appreciate.
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.
This book makes a good fist of disentangling the curious charms of the Japanese and for helping outsiders to understand them a little better.
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.
Whether or not one is convinced by Mr. Piketty's data—and there are reasons for skepticism...is ultimately of little consequence. For this book is less a work of economic analysis than a bizarre ideological screed.