Unsurprising but perfectly competent and seamlessly of a piece with her Living History (2003). And will Hillary run? The guiding metaphor of the book is the relay race, and there’s a sense that if the torch is handed to her, well….
...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.
Will history see Geithner as a great Treasury secretary? That is uncertain. He was certainly effective. But too much of this otherwise self-deprecating memoir is self-defence.
In the end, Greenwald underplays the real media problem. The NSA is in many ways a product of the feverish ways in which terrorism is portrayed. The bomb at last year’s Boston marathon was a horrific event, killing four people, but it also produced dramatic overreaction.
“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 provocative book has the power to help shape discussions about the role of technology in our world.
Having laid out the argument neatly in the first few chapters, the book veers into a tour of the nations that border the sea under discussion. The chapter on Vietnam is strong...Chapters on Singapore and Taiwan drift further from the central theme.
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.
Pilling concludes that Japan’s economic deflation, declining fertility, and rapidly aging population mirror worldwide trends in other developed countries, and the world has much to learn from Japan’s failures and successes.
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.
Hussey admits that "there is no neat or tidy conclusion" to the problems on North Africa or the post-colonial destruction. The reader alongside the author are left wondering what is to become of these "ghosts in daylight."
To write a book that is scholarly and accessible and at the same time entertaining is a tremendous achievement...After reading this book you will want to read Plato’s Dialogues—but might also question your views and knowledge about politics, psychology, science, history, and ethics.
Easterly tries to craft global solutions, but fails to come up with practical proposals that will work in the messy world beyond his neighborhood.
...Itzkoff’s real achievement is in his chilling analysis of Network as prophecy, demonstrating through interviews with Anderson Cooper, Stephen Colbert, Bill O’Reilly, and others that Chayefsky’s satire has become our reality.
Such assessments could make for a gloomy read but but Kolbert manages to avoid being depressing or preachy by keeping her focus on the science, which is engrossing, and the scientists she meets along the way. Together, they form a remarkable cast of characters, all grappling with an unprecedented moment in the story of life.
This is the turgid, enumerative, cheerleading voice of political talking points and White House press aides...this access does not lead to a smidgeon of insight... It is a 400-plus-page advertorial for Mrs Clinton's presidential campaign, masquerading as an unauthorised biography...
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.