All Book Reviews

  • Classic review: A. Lincoln

    Classic review: A. Lincoln

    Biographer Ronald C. White traces the spiritual and intellectual evolution of Abraham Lincoln.

  • Conspirata

    Conspirata

    Robert Harris digs back 2,000 years to build a breezy, intelligent, political thriller on the life of Cicero.

  • Map of the Invisible World

    Map of the Invisible World

    Can a thrice-abandoned child find his way in revolutionary Indonesia?

  • Churchill

    Churchill

    The life of Winston Churchill offers an abundant supply of extraordinary material for biography.

  • Behind the Wall

    Behind the Wall

    A series of vignettes tell the stories of ordinary Palestinians and life behind the West Bank barrier.

  • Star: How Warren Beatty Seduced America

    Star: How Warren Beatty Seduced America

    Does Warren Beatty deserve a spot in the pantheon of Hollywood greats?

  • Our Times: The Age of Elizabeth II

    Our Times: The Age of Elizabeth II

    The country Elizabeth II once knew exists no more, says a historian.

  • The Brightest Star in the Sky

    The Brightest Star in the Sky

    The lives of 10 Dubliners collide and a sassy sprite struggles to meet a deadline in this darkly comic novel.

  • The Unnamed

    The Unnamed

    Joshua Ferris follows satirical debut “Then We Came to the End” with a dark novel about a man who cannot stop walking.

  • Tillie Olsen: One Woman, Many Riddles

    Tillie Olsen: One Woman, Many Riddles

    A biographer struggles to reconcile the many contradictions in the character of feminist icon and author Tillie Olsen.

  • The Strong Horse

    The Strong Horse

    A journalist argues that inter-Arab conflict is the central crisis of the Middle East.

  • A Mountain of Crumbs

    A Mountain of Crumbs

    A writer recalls a Soviet childhood, lived at the height of the cold war.

  • Daring Young Men

    Daring Young Men

    Richard Reeves chronicles the courage and resolve that drove the Berlin Airlift.

  • The Theory of Light and Matter

    The Theory of Light and Matter

    Vulnerable, hopeful characters populate this award-winning collection of short stories.

  • 36 Arguments for the Existence of God

    36 Arguments for the Existence of God

    This clever novel manages to blend existential ponderings with humor and sharp writing.

  • The Value of Nothing

    The Value of Nothing

    Activist and academic Raj Patel offers a stinging indictment of capitalism.

  • Homeland

    Homeland

    Barack Obama’s half brother, George, tells his own story of coming of age in a Kenyan slum.

  • The Cello Suites

    The Cello Suites

    A pop-music journalist falls in love with Bach’s Cello Suites and sets out to discover all he can about the classic masterpiece.

  • Titian: The Last Days

    Titian: The Last Days

    A master's life and death in Venice.

  • The Swan Thieves

    The Swan Thieves

    An artist’s attack on a painting in the National Gallery is linked to the story of a 19th-century Impressionist painter.