It is a fitting epilogue to 20th-century travel-writing and essential reading for devotees of Sir Patrick’s other works—though eclipsed by his earlier books and the world they conjured.
Catling taught with Sebald in the last decade of his life, and her flowing translation pays crucial attention to the prosody and contours of Sebald’s sentences.
Intensity, as well as Anna's voice, make reading this book a challenging but ultimately uplifting experience.
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...
This is a rich and fascinating book that never relaxes its hold on the reader despite the marshalling of a mass of complex historical details seen through the prism of Cixi.
...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.
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.
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.
While it would be easy to mock some of Tesson's haughtiest moments as typical Parisian high-mindedness, the fact he's so unabashed about his soul-searching is what sets the book apart from the typical 21st-century memoir.
Hastings's latest invites consideration as the best in his distinguished career, combining a perceptive analysis of the Great War's beginnings with a vivid account of the period from August to September of the titular year.
Dikötter marshals his meticulous research to show how Mao continually set up expectations only to mow them viciously down.
Professor Showalter did what any good historian would have done: read the secondary sources, met and spoke with survivors, mastered the pertinent original documents, and cogitated upon the whole, producing a work accessible to both the professional and the casual reader alike.
Ms Ripley packs a startling amount of insight in this slim book. She notes that Finland, Poland and South Korea all experienced moments of crisis—economic and existential—before they buckled down and changed their stories.
It is a testament to the book’s strengths that it left me wanting more. Why, for instance, did Ms. Loyd — a punk-rock-loving, anti-establishment civil-rights enthusiast — enlist...But over all, Ms. Gezari’s book powerfully humanizes the ways the counterinsurgency effort played out in Afghanistan.
Scott Anderson relates the story with vivid writing supported by a staggering amount of research — one of the more fascinating reads I have encountered in years.
It makes you wish that the world's cultures could mingle more freely, making peace by breaking bread. For now, though, this book stands as a tantalizing glimpse of what might be.
The Great Tamasha is a timely book, given that it coincidentally comes amid another a betting scandal, which points an accusing finger at players as well as administrators.
Although, unlike Alan Johnson's new memoir of the same period, this narrative never quite conveys the brutish conditions inside slums designated for clearance...
A writerly work that entices readers to seek out the titles in question.
A solid blend of the descriptive and the prescriptive, with plenty of lessons that will be of interest to Asia hands, investors and policymakers.