The story in the book of Mr. Greenwald's contacts and conversations with Mr. Snowden and others may very well be true; I have no basis to question it. And Mr. Greenwald's political arguments are, of course, open to debate. But his portrait of the nature and goals of the NSA programs is simply false.
It is a gripping story, and Mr. Goetz tells it with great verve, painting word pictures full of color and telling detail, whether about issues, controversies or personalities.
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.
National Book Critics Circle Award winner Bailey (Creative Writing/Old Dominion Univ.; Farther & Wilder: The Lost Weekends and Literary Dreams of Charles Jackson, 2013, etc.) justifies his attraction to alcoholic subjects (John Cheever, Richard Yates, Charles Jackson) in this bleak, repetitious memoir.
Kaku is not shy about quoting science-fiction movies and TV (he has seen them all). Despite going off the deep end musing about phenomena such as isolated consciousness spreading throughout the universe, he delivers ingenious predictions extrapolated from good research already in progress.
New Yorker staff writer Kolbert (Field Notes from a Catastrophe) accomplishes an amazing feat in her latest book, which superbly blends the depressing facts associated with rampant species extinctions and impending ecosystem collapse with stellar writing...
...Mr Werth’s account comes at a cost. Vertex gave the author access to its executives and scientists. Having devoted two books to the firm, Mr Werth at times seems too allied with it. “The Antidote” describes Mr Boger as an evangelist; in Mr Werth, he seems to have found a convert.
As with many sufferers, Stossel’s quest to find relief is unfinished, but his book relays a masterful understanding of the condition he and millions of others endure.
The richly detailed narrative flows seamlessly from the planning and commission of the break-in to the FBI’s bungled investigation to the explosive aftermath of the files’ release.
Our Mathematical Universe is (at least in the first two sections) a fun and interesting introduction to cosmology and multiverse theory.
Minter encourages people “to think about what it means to recycle, and make smart choices as a consumer before you buy that thing you’ll eventually toss out.” In the end, placing that bin on the curbside is only outsourcing the end result of our consumption.
An elegant charting of the intersection of urban design and the ever-shifting conception and appreciation of happiness.
Visitors of Russia and social historians alike will benefit from Merridale’s thoroughgoing research and lively writing.
Though in the end St. Germain’s investigations fail to bring him quietude, it’s profoundly moving to witness his childhood resentment give way to love, admiration and — perhaps most of all — to empathy.
An unconventional history of ballooning, this quirky, endearing, and enticing collection melds the spirit of discovery with chemistry, physics, engineering, and the imagination.
The book is filled with surprising facts about the drink.
Stone does know when to provide a breather with entertaining anecdotes about Amazon’s competitive jujitsu.
Mr Gladwell’s earlier books, particularly “The Tipping Point”, his first, were genuinely thought-provoking. This one is about as insightful as a fortune cookie. Read something else
Mr. Halevi's masterly book brings us into that debate and the lives of those who live it, not through fiction but through a factual account illuminated by his own intelligence and empathy.
This first installment reads like the work of a man who has already written abundantly about himself. He often tells stories that, he acknowledges, he has told before. He includes the texts of speeches he has made.