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.
...if you have had the pleasure of reading a meticulously researched, clearly written, scrupulously documented, even-handed and enlightening biography — like, say, the one Robert A. Caro is writing on Lyndon Johnson — Sherman’s book is going to be a major disappointment.
...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.
Along the way, concepts such as hedonistic sustainability...and the ideal depth of a front yard...are explained with Gladwellian facility...Mercifully, the text isn’t overballasted with such pop science clichés.
...a testament to Roosevelt’s enterprising use of “the bully pulpit” and his potent powers of leadership and persuasion.
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.
...MacMillan is largely unconvincing in some key arguments about the war’s origins and offers no new reinterpretation of events the lead up to the war.
To illustrate a later episode of religious conflict, he introduces the reader to a Holocaust survivor, a childhood acquaintance of Anne Frank. His account of Amsterdam’s physical growth is just as engrossing.
Were The Map and the Territory: Risk, Human Nature and the Future of Forecasting (Penguin Press, 2013) written by anyone other than Alan Greenspan, it would have had a hard time finding a publisher.
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.
The way the book progresses is so powerful, it tends to hold on even after you've closed that perfect last page. Every child in the world must read this, or must have Malala's story read to them.
What comes across clearest in Bryson’s lucid, lighthearted narrative is the pure energy and crazed optimism of the era.
This is an entertaining book. But it teaches little of general import, for the morals of the stories it tells lack solid foundations in evidence and logic.
Fans of Parks and Recreation and Offerman’s brand of deadpan humor are sure to gorge themselves on the healthy portion he provides.
Washington Post writer Finkel delivers one of the most morally responsible works of journalism to emerge from the post-9/11 era.
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.