While the final insights stretch thin, Schulte unearths the attitudes and “powerful cultural expectations” responsible for our hectic lives, documents European alternatives to the work/family balance, and handily summarizes her solutions in an appendix.
And in The Sixth Extinction, Elizabeth Kolbert, a staff writer for the New Yorker, offers well-composed snapshots of history, theory and observation that will fascinate, enlighten and appal many readers.
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...
On a highly touchy subject, the authors tread carefully, backing their assertions with copious notes. Though coolly and cogently argued, this book is bound to be the spark for many potentially heated discussions.
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.
These depictions of Roger Ailes as something other than a frothing, ratings-mad showman-provocateur may be cases of damning with faint praise. But it’s about as a fair and balanced an account as one could hope to read about someone who has so weightily tipped the scales of American political life to the right.
Ms Gessen has rushed into print because Ms Tolokonnikova and Ms Alyokhina have just been released, in a window-dressing exercise before next month’s winter Olympics in the Russian resort of Sochi. Her book is ideal for those curious about the country behind the games.
...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.
The Bully Pulpit is more than just a biography of this most tireless of US presidents. It is also a tribute to America’s “golden age of journalism”.
Mark Halperin and John Heilemann authored a megaselling account of the 2008 drama, "Game Change." Their sequel, "Double Down," struggles to achieve the melodramatic heights of four years earlier...
Ms. MacMillan is at her best on the diplomats and politicians. Both have a keen eye for the telling personal anecdote, and each has an easily accessible writing style...
A thorough, objective and surprisingly positive examination of the Bush-Cheney years. Written as though it has the perspective of a century's distance on the events of the last decade, New York Times senior White House correspondent Baker...dispatches false and puerile memes...
Amsterdam is worth buying for chapter four alone: a superb, gruesome account of the early years of the East India Company...Shorto ends by discussing multiculturalism and the new threats it presents to the city's long-cultivated civilised indifference.
...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...
all who pick up this book will be taken by Brandon Stanton’s captivating photographs of NYC’s urban humanity.
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.
a mosaic illustrating a pivotal year in America’s global economic and cultural success...Bill Bryson’s latest book One Summer: America, 1927 is a fascinating examination of American heroism, invention, and resilience in the face of moral decay of the roaring ’20s.
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.