While it is not the literary masterpiece it might have been had Leigh Fermor been able to work his magic, it captures the joy of the open road, the fresh view he gives of Europe as it began to show the stresses that led to world war, and the glimpses of a long-lost life and innocence.
This illuminating collection shows a writer at his most inquisitive, gazing deeply under the surface of things and grappling with the difficulties of personal and collective memory.
Intensity, as well as Anna's voice, make reading this book a challenging but ultimately uplifting experience.
The Great War had a kaleidoscope of causes. Ms MacMillan tackles them all, with the blend of detail and sweeping observation that underpinned her earlier, prize-winning book “Peacemakers”, about the 1919 Treaty of Versailles and its aftermath.
This approving biography advances a vigorous defence of a woman whom history has often demonised as a venal reactionary: one who murdered without a second thought to protect her own interests, who squandered the national treasury on her own pleasures and who set back reform in China to preserve herself.
Appropriately, his prose is lighter than air, elegantly traversing aviators and eras. It means that as his balloonists embark on journeys full of danger and wonder, the reader is suspended in the basket alongside them.
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.
all who pick up this book will be taken by Brandon Stanton’s captivating photographs of NYC’s urban humanity.
Rich in poetry, charged with intensity, Consolations is magnificent, pretentious, thoroughly French, a hermit’s vodka-tossed paean to retreat and solitude.
This volume is a highly readable account of a war Europe completely misjudged in terms of bloodshed and cost—a war that destroyed three dynasties, remade the map of Europe and set the state for mankind’s bloodiest century.
This excellent book is horrific but essential reading for all who want to understand the darkness that lies at the heart of one of the world's most important revolutions.
The author's analysis of the Battle of Kursk is first-class. His only mistake in the background to the battle is to repeat the misconception that the Soviets' Operation Mars in November 1942, a major attack on the Rzhev salient, was a coequal offensive with Operation Uranus to surround the Sixth Army at Stalingrad.
It’s in moments like these that Ripley succeeds in making our own culture and our own choices seem alien — quite a feat for an institution as familiar and fiercely defended as high school. The question is whether the startling perspective provided by this masterly book can also generate the will to make changes.
Ms. Gezari portrays AF4's activities in Maiwand, along with the Human Terrain System as a whole, as well-intentioned but tragically misguided...Ms. Gezari is deeply skeptical that the Army's experiment can fulfill the objectives imagined by the soldiers and scholars who created it.
It is a must read for historians and those with an interest in a good story within a well developed narrative.
...appalled or pleasantly surprised by strange ingredients; and, from yurt to hovel, delighted by the local hospitality. Lin-Liu’s journey is a bold palate-awakening adventure, endearingly rendered.
Astill’s excursions, however, give the book its spice, its masala. “The Great Tamasha” is a book of breadth rather than depth. It buzzes with field trips and brisk interviews that sometimes bring insight, and more often momentum and freshness.
Proceeding by way of themed accumulation of detail, Kynaston assembles endless stories...to create what sometimes feels like a faultlessly researched big picture and, at others, more like immersion in a great vat of random, undigested trivia.
...Ms. Feigel's intelligent and lucidly written book is continuously interesting and illuminating, in places even brilliant in the way she catches the mood of a time when everything seemed in flux...
A solid blend of the descriptive and the prescriptive, with plenty of lessons that will be of interest to Asia hands, investors and policymakers.