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.
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.
Gezari eschews humor but delivers a gripping report on another of America’s painful, surprisingly difficult efforts to win hearts and minds.
...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.
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.
A writerly work that entices readers to seek out the titles in question.
Studwell’s thesis is bold, his arguments persuasive, and his style pugnacious. It adds up to a highly readable and important book...
Glass's history might be one of the best ways of relaying the experience of war: through the eyes of the young men who charged into the line of fire, gave up the ghost, and whose only reward was living to tell the tale.
Be warned. In the early part of this book, Parks vents his commuting grievances with all the ferocity and paranoia of any "disgusted of Tunbridge Wells", albeit with better style and more black humour.
As in Laura Hillenbrand’s Seabiscuit...even though we know the outcome, the results are thrilling. These Boys make a great story, engagingly told.
In this series, and continuing in this exceptional book, Atkinson has revealed all of this in a literary, human and bloody fashion.
What stays with you aren’t the wonders of ancient Crete, however, but the genuinely heroic character and tragically abbreviated life of an unsung classicist who spent all but the last year of her career as a lowly assistant professor in Brooklyn.
One of the most fascinating aspects of “Serving Victoria” is the mirrored portrait it reveals of the queen herself. We see her develop from a teenager to a matriarch, but it is apparent that, at any age, the strength of her personality and her passionate nature were as crucial to her position as her capacity for dominating those around her.
He has unearthed a story of remarkable relevance for today: about the man who walked out of Lefortovo Prison with his hatred of a disintegrating system transformed into a hatred of us.
It’s only natural to laugh at all the comic abundance in “Let’s Explore,” but there’s no crime in sticking around for the humanity.
...a readable style, a deep humanity and, above all, an extraordinary skill in evoking the lost worlds of Mughals and Afghans.
Though less ripping than “Wedlock”, this story is told with gusto.
Not only provocative, this report is illuminating and fully accessible to members of the faith and doubters alike.
An absorbing new approach to a well-worked field.
...Shepherd’s atmospheric interpretation ought to pull readers in, with unexpected twists and a cliffhanger ending that should leave them craving more.