All Book Reviews

  • Resilience

    While some of the language is cumbersome, Andrew Zolli's book is a good place to start to understand the global economy.

  • The Lucky Ones

    One author’s fight for farm animals.

  • The Wives

    The six Russian literary wives profiled in this book went well beyond the call of duty to help their adored author-husbands.

  • Grandad, There's a Head on the Beach

    Sassy crime reporter Jimm Juree returns in Colin Cotterill's new mystery series set in Thailand.

  • Why Does the World Exist?

    A simple question proves thorny in Jim Holt's new book.

  • Where They Stand

    When it comes to picking presidents, voters may do as well as academics.

  • Bad Religion

    New York Times columnist Ross Douthat laments the substitution of "spiritualities" for orthodox Christianity.

  • Where the Bodies Are Buried

    This mystery is rooted in Glasgow's past.

  • The Candidate

    Popkin's book will fascinate campaign junkies with its capsule histories of past presidential runs.

  • James Joyce: A New Biography

    Gordon Bowker seeks the real James Joyce in the pages of his work. 

  • Cronkite

    Douglas Brinkley’s detailed new biography portrays an individual far more complex than we imagined.

  • Johnson’s Life of London

    The other eternal city: Boris Johnson brings a collection of famous Londoners to life.

  • Between the Lines

    Not all of the 'Between''s brain-teasers are resolved, but Picoult and van Leer's novel has a universal appeal.

  • Shooting Victoria

    Writer Paul Thomas Murphy's crisp prose provides a vivid look at the various assassination attempts against Queen Victoria.

  • City

    P.D. Smith takes a thorough and engaging look at the urban lifestyle more than half the planet has now embraced – for better or for worse.

  • Little America

    'Imperial Life Emerald City' author Rajiv Chandrasekaran employs excellent reporting and vivid writing to tell ugly truths about the fighting in Afghanistan.

  • The Dictator's Learning Curve

    Journalist William Dobson looks at the ‘nimble’ tactics of autocrats in an age of social media.

  • Snow-Storm in August

    In 'Snow-Storm,' author Jefferson Morley intensely captures the tension-filled 1830s and draws historical figures of the time in subtle shadings.

  • Subversives

    'Subversives' takes a deep and troubling look at Reagan's handling of the civil unrest in Berkeley in the 1960s.

  • The Obamians

    Is there an Obama Doctrine? 'The Obamians' leaves room for doubt, but it does provide an interesting look at the inner workings of the president's foreign policy team.

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