...a testament to Roosevelt’s enterprising use of “the bully pulpit” and his potent powers of leadership and persuasion.
The Nate Silver wing of the Internet will almost surely gripe that the book is an example of political journalism’s worst instincts — it’s too dependent on the hunches and agendas of sources rather than hard measures of why Obama won.
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.
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.
What comes across clearest in Bryson’s lucid, lighthearted narrative is the pure energy and crazed optimism of the era.
She's candid enough to paint the flaws in the deceased as well as their good qualities. (In other words, Ward humanizes instead of canonizes.) She's also talented enough to turn such prose into poetry.
A humorous take on mortality...By book’s end, it’s evident that Crystal himself has grown old, but rather than make a secret of his age, he turns it into a punch line...A charming, warm, welcome read for Crystal’s legions of fans.
Mr. Berg is a terrific researcher, and "Wilson" exhumes hundreds of fresh quotes and details...his book reads with remarkable smoothness.
In the midst of this miasma, real doctors and nurses made decisions that shortened the lives of real patients. Sheri Fink’s Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital...is the breathtaking, definitive account of an American hospital’s worst nightmare.
A House in the Sky is the compelling account of the then-27-year-old Canadian's 15 months in brutal captivity as a hostage, along with Australian photographer Nigel Brennan, at the time her former lover.
has brought me to my literary knees with the beauty of its writing style. The plot is heartwarming and meaningful in and of itself, but the way Foer portrays his characters and story is what really makes the book a must-read.
But now, they say, Congress is more dysfunctional than it has been since the Civil War, and they aren't hesitating to point a finger at who they think is to blame.
It is, however, easy to enjoy the book’s many vignettes and insights, leaving it to others with more bandwidth to fit it all together.
Levin aims to change the rules of the game… or, more properly, reset them, to restore the brilliant system put in place by America’s Founders. With the situation explained and his goals set forth in a few introductory pages, he executes the rest of his book with the planning and precision of a SEAL team taking an objective.
Ms. Gezari portrays AF4's activities in Maiwand, along with the Human Terrain System as a whole, as well-intentioned but tragically misguided...Ms. Gezari is deeply skeptical that the Army's experiment can fulfill the objectives imagined by the soldiers and scholars who created it.
...its effort to depict Lawrence, his military raids, the tribal leaders with whom he dealt, the inept British military effort and the sly French diplomatic one are all shown by this book to be unusually faithful to the facts. It’s high praise for both the visually grand film and this grandly ambitious book to say that they do have a lot in common.
The nearer Guinn's biography draws to its central horror, the more it picks up speed. The middle section pitches us into the whirlpool, presenting a swirl of horrific gore and bubbling black comedy.
The sensibility that Mr Aslan brings to his latest book, about the founder of another monotheism, is by comparison rather one-dimensional, although his considerable gifts as a storyteller and populariser of complex religious ideas remain intact.
Mr Leibovich observes Washington’s failings brilliantly. He eschews the bias that mars so many political tirades, concluding that the city’s failings are thoroughly bipartisan.
Mr Clarke is a good storyteller, and his account...offers an enjoyable snapshot of the day-to-day workings of the presidency. One moment sees Kennedy holding a meeting on poverty in Kentucky; the next finds him romping with his children, Caroline and John.