...Ruth Reichl's first novel, is about as subtle as a Ring Ding...This confection might play better with Young Adult readers.
Ms Gall’s narrative would have been stronger if she had balanced what she learned from Afghan intelligence sources, who are famously hostile (if for good reason) towards Pakistan’s army, with other views.
Klay’s stories shine a light on the plight of veterans of a war that large swaths of the American populace have already moved on from.
From its ensnaring opening sentence through to its hauntingly direct last line, All Our Names is a heart-wrenching, skilfully controlled, deeply felt novel. A story that reminds us that to relinquish one’s very identity is perhaps the truest expression of love there is.
And just when you think you can’t bear any more bleakness, Mohamed shows us the human connections that, despite all odds, endure...The clear-eyed candour of Mohamed’s vivid and lyrical writing offers insights not only into Somalia’s troubled history but into the conflicted relationships we all have...
Five Came Back is a welcome addition to film history, and well worth reading for anyone interested in film, World War II, or the use of propaganda in American life. Mark Harris has done a superb job winding the separate narratives of five of America’s greatest directors together...
Fans know the formula: plenty of rousing battle scenes—Weber’s specialty—and characters that gradually, over many pages, come into focus...If you’re not already addicted to this series, don’t start here.
But for all its shocking revelations, the story lacks propulsion, its backward narration and withholding of information distracting us from the action and motivation. Nevertheless, this is a memorable book.
Mr. Gates has been a public servant for four decades under eight presidents. I think that he should have let time heal wounds before writing his book, but it was obviously an exorcism of the demons that he acquired while writing over a thousand condolence letters to the families of our fallen warriors.
Cornwell skillfully illuminates the competing cultures of the 10th Century; the conflict between Dane and Saxon is examined with sympathy and insight...
...gripping reading, not least because his findings on how his blond, blue-eyed relative survived four years of Nazi rule were not what he expected.
These chapters are a survival manual of sorts, teaching us how to tell if mussels have been poisoned by the red tide, even how to extract a rotten tooth. The borders between ingenuity and insanity, honor and murder, all blur...
...politically savvy but militarily uneventful novel that bridges the gap between the last novel and the expected sequel.
It’s vintage Clancy...stuff, full of cool technology and cardboard characters... with a story that, given enough suspended disbelief, is a pleasing fairy tale for people who like things that blow up.
...Mr Shavit speaks to those outside Israel who condemn it as cruel and arrogant. As this book shows, that is a tragic misreading of a nation.
Joe Sacco made his name with comic book-style works of journalism...rendered in intricate detail...creating this stunning work...
As compelling as a car wreck, it’s impossible to look away, even though the catalogue of misery sometimes threatens to overwhelm.
As might be expected from an author whose books include The Uses and Abuses of History, a timely reminder that all roads do not lead to Munich or wherever else we might self-interestedly direct them to go, MacMillan prizes prudent, balanced analysis over brash grandstanding.
In short, the book describes a confounding sort of country: a small island capable of beating the world, steeped in self-defeating snobbery and parochialism. Not much has changed.
Finkel’s access is extraordinary, yet his presence is never imposing. He takes us inside brutal counseling sessions at a California treatment program for vets.