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...
...politically savvy but militarily uneventful novel that bridges the gap between the last novel and the expected sequel.
What has long provided the authenticity that gives credibility to Clancy’s work is his hands-on knowledge of modern weapons and the men and women who use them...Mark Greaney, his co-author on “Command Authority,” continued Clancy’s self-education in battle realities.
...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.
These connections seem mostly in his head and are rendered in histrionic sappy prose. In the end his picture of the Conroy clan is one of deeply flawed people convinced the world is against them, those aspects are fetishized to an operatic level.
...richly textured account of the road to war. Her title draws attention to the fact that Europe had seen no major war for decades before 1914, although some powers had fought in limited conflicts...
Sometimes in this volume, Mr. Finkel’s writing eddies into prose that needlessly italicizes emotions. This is not only distracting — it’s totally unnecessary.
An artful, affecting blend of history, biography, political science, and religion and an illustration of how small lights can illuminate a large landscape.
Readers accustomed to Hastings’ vivid battle descriptions, incisive anecdotes from all participants, and shrewd, often unsettling opinions will not be disappointed.
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.
Chillingly extrapolates the long-standing history of nuclear near-misses with the engagement of a fiction writer...Succeeds in increasing awareness for more stringent precautions...memorializes Cold War heroes who’ve prevented nuclear holocausts from being written into the annals of American history.
Mr. Burleigh writes with engaging wit, but rarely analyzes his complex insurgencies in depth. Had he chosen fewer subjects, he might have demonstrated the same insight as he brought to his earlier “The Third Reich.” Instead, Winston Churchill might have said of the current volume, “This pudding has no theme.”
Berg portrays Wilson as an utterly new kind of chief executive, in a mold that has yet to be refilled. Readable, authoritative and, most usefully, inspiring.
For the pure pleasure of uncomplicated, nonstop action, no one touches Reacher, who accurately observes that “I trained myself...to turn fear into aggression.”
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.
Next year ushers in a half-decade of centenaries of World War I, and we will be buried in a landslide of novels and nonfiction competing for our attention. I wouldn't be surprised if Mr. Keneally's book turns out to be among the best of them.
Readers get a sobering feel for the difficult task of waging a war on foreign soil, as well as the travails of hardworking and often brilliant individuals struggling to change enormous political and social systems for the better. Nuanced, readable, and utterly engrossing, Gezari’s exposé is a revelatory and unique look at the war in Afghanistan.
...its effort to depict Lawrence, his military raids, the tribal leaders with whom he dealt, the inept British military effort and the sly French diplomatic one are all shown by this book to be unusually faithful to the facts. It’s high praise for both the visually grand film and this grandly ambitious book to say that they do have a lot in common.
“Mathew Brady: Portraits of a Nation” is a new biography from Robert Wilson, the editor of The American Scholar. It’s a compact, straightforward, unblinking volume that has some of the attributes of its subject...The book is sober history, a flinty chunk of Americana.