All Book Reviews

  • 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.

  • How To Watch the Olympics

    A book that makes the perfect guide to the Olympics, past and present.

  • Beautiful Ruins

    Jess Walter's new novel combines a pair of love stories, wicked comedy, Hollywood legend, and a poorly named hotel.

  • The Receptionist

    What it was like to work at the New Yorker.

  • Fifty Sides of the Beach Boys

    A closer, deeper look at one of America's greatest pop bands of all time.

  • The Passage of Power

    In Volume IV of “The Years of Lyndon Johnson,” biographer Robert A. Caro concentrates on the succession of political triumphs and defeats that accompanied LBJ to the Oval Office.

  • Listening and Longing: Music Lovers in the Age of Barnum

    Daniel Cavicchi takes a detailed look at 19th-century music consumers.

  • The Ultimate Baseball Road Trip, 2nd Edition

    This guide to all 30 major-league baseball stadiums manages to be thorough, enthusiastic, and quite entertaining.

  • America's Great Debate

    Fergus M. Bordewich has penned a perceptive and tremendously witty book about the compromise that held the US together in the decade before the Civil War.

  • Barack Obama: The Story

    Clinton biographer David Maraniss strives for a key to America's 44th president.

  • Vita Nova

    Writer Andrew Frisardi renders Dante's text into clear, nimble English, creating a book that works for newcomers as well as Dante scholars.

  • New Ways to Kill Your Mother

    Author and essayist Colm Tóibín explores the ways that writers' families influence their work.

  • The Lost Bank

    Wall Street Journal reporter Kirsten Grind tells the arrogant, shocking, utterly mad story of the biggest bank failure in US history.

  • Darwin's Ghosts

    Rebecca Stott tells the stories of the intellectuals who grappled with the theories of evolution and natural selection centuries before Darwin got there. 

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