As compelling as a car wreck, it’s impossible to look away, even though the catalogue of misery sometimes threatens to overwhelm.
An outstanding historian of the Second World War, Max Hastings has made a victorious foray into a conflict with which he is less familiar. His fans will recognize the trademarks: trenchant and Olympian judgments that eschew quirkiness in their pursuit of common sense...
And gripping though the Damascus narrative is on its own terms, readers may have trouble picking up the broken threads of this highly complex multicharacter tale after so many involved and absorbing excursions ...
Mr. Berg is a terrific researcher, and "Wilson" exhumes hundreds of fresh quotes and details...his book reads with remarkable smoothness.
For the pure pleasure of uncomplicated, nonstop action, no one touches Reacher, who accurately observes that “I trained myself...to turn fear into aggression.”
Through Naomi, Sally and their friends, Keneally draws the war to a close. But while the story has epic dimensions, it stays close to these “daughters of Mars” and leaves us worrying how peace will treat them...He has rescued forgotten heroines from obscurity and briefly placed them center stage.
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.
Anderson thoroughly explores the making of the Lawrence legend, from the effortless taking of Aqaba to “the fantasy of the ‘clean war’ of Arab warriors.” A lively, contrasting study of hubris and humility.
A useful introduction to the man who established photographs as both works of art and important historical documents.
“The Love-charm of Bombs” excels in demonstrating that these years of bleakness and loss were also, for a fortunate few, a time of extraordinary excitement and literary inspiration.
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.
A touching, fairly uncomplicated portrayal of rowing legends.
We come away from Dreadful frankly puzzled and more than a little frazzled, with no more insight into this obscure, even invisible man than we had on first opening the book.
In this series, and continuing in this exceptional book, Atkinson has revealed all of this in a literary, human and bloody fashion.
While the sheer length and level of required engagement with the text make it not for everyone, readers who are willing to dedicate the time to read it will find this book enriching and enlightening.
Mr. Hanson's fluency with a broad range of historical epochs, which has made him one of his generation's most notable historians, is on full display in "The Savior Generals."
The tension between Oppenheimer's two sides – his need to be at the centre of power versus his wish to retain his conscience – lie at the heart of Ray Monk's wonderful new biography.
By the end of “A Delicate Truth,” you either share his anger at the injustices between its covers, or you don’t. If you do, then you’re one of le Carré’s people. If not, you’re one of Smiley’s. It’s up to you to decide which one is more worthy.
Though the lives lived in this novel can seem unbearable, what Anthony Marra has done is to diligently describe them in passionate, extraordinary prose...they become not only "write-able," but also highly, deeply readable.
Throughout this ambitious, subtle account, Emmerson tries hard not to play the hindsight game. Still, he's honest enough to acknowledge the cheap pleasure that comes from knowing what happens next.