...his narrative is focused on not eating what the rest of the crew is eating, not sleeping where others sleep...he waits in his cabin alone, wondering what the hell is going on. Dyer might as well be on a cruise ship, and he knows it.
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.
The story of a pair of unlikely heroes who crossed paths in Berlin in 1890 and forever changed the landscapes of medicine and literature....A beguiling real-life medical detective story.
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.
And in her timely, meticulously researched and well-written book, Kolbert combines scientific analysis and personal narratives to explain it to us. The result is a clear and comprehensive history of earth’s previous mass extinctions — and the species we’ve lost — and an engaging description of the extraordinarily complex nature of life.
...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.
Even truly accomplished worriers should be cheered that the author...has wrapped his arms around a vast body of science and intellectual history to gain useful perspective on his own agonizing experiences. The result is a work that sheds light not just on a particular disorder but on the human condition that gives rise to it.
The Burglary shows how a small group of committed individuals performed the bravest act of all, exposing Hoover's tyrannical misrule to the light of day and the acid test of popular opinion.
Although only a physicist or mathematician is likely to understand everything in Our Mathematical Universe, enough will be comprehensible for non-scientific readers to enjoy an amazing ride through the rich landscape of contemporary cosmology.
Junkyard Planet is a gripping odyssey around the world's rubbish mountains and the men and (occasionally) women who mine them and turn them into money.
An elegant charting of the intersection of urban design and the ever-shifting conception and appreciation of happiness.
With thorough research, including rare access into the Kremlin’s dusty, permission-only archives, Merridale address...questions...to weave an insightful, fascinating tale.
Zuckerman describes that technology adequately, even though he appears to have spent little time out in the field watching drilling.
The vacuum of space is unforgiving and brutal. Life on earth isn't easy, either. Mr. Hadfield has genuinely and refreshingly increased our understanding of how to thrive in both places.
...drone pilots take no risks, a fact that will undoubtedly make the subjects of Holmes's book seem all the more glamorous and admirable in their pursuit of knowledge, fame, fortune, military superiority or sheer excitement.
The book is filled with surprising facts about the drink.
The Everything Store provides extraordinary access to one of the great business stories of this or any other time. The book has all the twists and turns of a top-notch action-adventure movie.
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.