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BOOK REVIEW: Leslie Adatto Explores 101 Fantastic Urban Rooftops Across ...
BOOK REVIEW: Leslie Adatto Explores 101 Fantastic Urban Rooftops Across ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Sting of the Drone'
Just as all healthy food doesn't taste like weeds, and dental appointments don't always hurt, no law forbids a techno-thriller from being a novel of ideas. So be it with “Sting of the Drone,” a lucid page-turner that makes its provocative points as ...

Book review: 'Washington Journal,' reporting Watergate, by Elizabeth Drew
Elizabeth Drew's writing never gets old. Nearly 50 years ago, her meticulous, skeptical reporting for the Atlantic exposed the lovers' embrace between Congress and Big Tobacco. Her book “Washington Journal,” an eyewitness account of the Watergate ...

Book Review: 'Queen Anne' by James Anderson Winn
Especially strong is Mr. Winn's treatment of matters musical, an aspect of the book greatly enhanced by a marvelous accompanying website, where recordings of works by Handel, Henry Purcell and other notable composers of the Stuart era can be ...

Book Review: 'In the Kingdom of Ice' by Hampton Sides
Hampton Sides's "In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette," which recounts the astonishing tribulations of a group of seafarers determined to be the first men to reach and reconnoiter the North Pole, is a splendid ...

Book Review: 'Riveted' by Jim Davies
The cognitive scientist Jim Davies offers a few answers in his new book, "Riveted," which aims to offer a "a unified explanation of compellingness"—a take on why we care about sports, as well as art, gossip, religion and anything else that commands ...

Book Review: 'Mad Music' by Stephen Budiansky & 'Charles Ives in the Mirror ...
Book Review: 'Mad Music' by Stephen Budiansky & 'Charles Ives in the Mirror ...

Book Review: 'Beethoven: Anguish and Triumph' by Jan Swafford
That remains largely true in narrative terms, but modern, more musicologically trained scholars have made their own essential contributions, none more so than Maynard Solomon, whose "Beethoven" (second revised edition, 1998) and numerous other books ...

Book Review: 'Whatever Happened to the Metric System?' by John Bemelmans ...
Book Review: 'Whatever Happened to the Metric System?' by John Bemelmans ...

Book Review: 'The Invisible Bridge' by Rick Perlstein
Mr. Perlstein's first book, "Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus" (2001), chronicled Goldwater's emergence as the tribune of anti-government sentiment, and the deep-sixing of the corporatist consensus of the ...

Book review: “In the Kingdom of Ice,” polar voyage of USS Jeannette, by ...
Book review: “In the Kingdom of Ice,” polar voyage of USS Jeannette, by ...

Book Review: An exploration of love, Emerald Island style
Patrick O'Keeffe's first full-length novel, “The Visitors,” is the story of two contemporary Irish immigrants. Graduate student Jimmy Dwyer and real estate investor Kevin Lyons were never friends, but their families were linked by the friendship ...

Book review: Tawanese author never lets the reader out of his sight
But the twist that comes unforeseen near the novel's end makes the reader question all that he or she has read in the pages before — and transforms the book into something entirely new. The book becomes much more than a universal, yet unique, tale of ...

BOOK REVIEW: Summer fare with a punch
A lot of summer books are breezy beach reads, but Miranda Beverly-Whittemore's “Bittersweet” ups the ante. Her story of an outsider driven by a dangerous desire to fit into a world of privilege (think Gatsby) has all the sex and secrets typical of ...

'This Is the Water' by Yannick Murphy
She's also funny. “This is the Water'' is the perfect, refreshing dip in the pool for the dog days of summer. Just be careful of what lurks in the stands. Mameve Medwed has published five novels; her essays and reviews have appeared in The New York ...

Business book review: Business Strategy
Author Patrick J. Stroh dispenses advice by using a hook: Fill in the blank after “Everything I needed to learn about business strategy I learned …” … from Hell's Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares: Know your sweet spot. “Chefs who stray too far from ...

Book Review: Indonesia, Etc.
“When the flamboyant nationalist leader Sukarno proclaimed the independence of Indonesia, he was liberating a nation that didn't really exist,” Elizabeth Pisani writes in the opening lines of “Indonesia Etc.,” a new book that explores this sprawling ...

Book review: 'The Nixon Defense'
The book was made possible by Nixon's White House taping system – technology that likely sealed his political fate when it was uncovered during the Senate Watergate investigation led by Sen. Sam Ervin of North Carolina. The book is based largely on ...

Book review (fiction): The Empty Quarter
Book review (fiction): The Empty Quarter BY JAY STRAFFORD Special correspondent Richmond Times-Dispatch. A military thriller, a love story and a geopolitical tale. Richmonder David L. Robbins offers readers a triple treat in his 11th novel, “The Empty ...

Book review: 'Journey with the Loon' captures gentle style of old nature films
These are but the tip of the iceberg of fascinating facts about loons to be found in a delightful book by a couple who have made the study of the Gaviidae family their life work. David Evers and Kate Taylor work for Biodiversity Research Institute ...

Book review: 'Marching Into Darkness,' a UNO professor's book about Germany ...
Book review: 'Marching Into Darkness,' a UNO professor's book about Germany ...

Book review - 'The Living Room'
On one hand, she's written three Ann Rule-style true-crime accounts for Berkley Books. (In one of them, "Deadly Dose," the murder suspect worked briefly for Wilmington's PPD.) On the other hand, she keeps a parenting blog for WRAL's website and has ...

Book Review: 'Seeking the North Star' by John R. Silber
"The future of our country," Silber notes, "our future happiness and that of our children depends decisively on whether we as individuals and as a people practice obedience to the unenforceable." This quarter's report, I think you'll agree, is not ...

Book Review: 'My Conference Can Beat Your Conference,' By Paul Finebaum ...
Book Review: 'My Conference Can Beat Your Conference,' By Paul Finebaum ...

Book Review: 'The Other Side' by Lacy M. Johnson
At school she begins a romance with the teacher's assistant in her Spanish class, a man with dual American-Venezuelan citizenship who is soon The Man I Live With (characters in the book are referred to by epithet only). There is no reason for the ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Clinton, Inc.'
Daniel Halper, online editor of The Weekly Standard, opens “Clinton, Inc.” with a quote from F. Scott Fitzgerald's “Great Gatsby”: “They were careless people, Tom and Daisy — they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into whatever ...

The Decline and Fall of IBM, book review: How Big Blue lost its direction
While working at InfoWorld, Stephens made his name with the seminal IT book Accidental Empires: How the Boys of Silicon Valley Make Their Millions, Battle Foreign Competition and Still Can't Get a Date in 1992. Along with Charles H Ferguson's 1999 High ...

It's 2 AM: Do You Know Where Your Fifth-Grader Is?
In a span of 24 hours, Bertino traces the shape of those dreams, entangling them with those of two other people: Sarina, the young divorcee who is Madeleine's fifth-grade teacher, and Lorca, the owner of the jazz club that lends its name to the book's ...

Book review | 'Zoo School' may take jitters out of kids' first day back to class
Yep, this year, you're going to school. You'll have a brand-new backpack filled with paper and crayons. You'll have a desk where you'll sit and raise your hand when you want to talk. You might even get to ride the bus. Best of all, you'll make new ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'A Very Principled Boy'
Mark A. Bradley, a former CIA officer now with the Justice Department, explores his life in one of the best espionage books to cross this desk in years. The government's unwillingness to use information gleaned from intercepts of Soviet intelligence ...

Why Are Conservatives Attacking Rick Perlstein's History of Conservatives?
George Will called it “the best book yet on the social ferments that produced Barry Goldwater's 1964 presidential candidacy”—in a largely positive review of Perlstein's second book, Nixonland, which became a best-seller. What changed? This time ...

Book Review: A How-to Guide for Exploring the Meaning of Life
The critical question for us moderns is, "How shall we be governed?" In America we are all politics all the time, making this a ubiquitous question. However, this wasn't always the most important question in life. In fact, for most of human history it ...

Deep Chords: Haruki Murakami's 'Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of ...
Deep Chords: Haruki Murakami's 'Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of ...

Book Review: 'Hiroshima Nagasaki' by Paul Ham
The atomic bombs added only the special horror of radiation sickness. Timothy Snyder's important book "Bloodlands" (2010) aptly underscores the awful non-nuclear carnage in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Dutch Van Kirk, looking back on Hiroshima ...

Evil In All Its Disguises by Hilary Davidson [Book Review]
Evil In All Its Disguises by Hilary Davidson is a suspenseful tour de force, but one would not expect less from the talented Anthony Award winning author. It is the third book featuring travel writer Lily Moore, after Davidson's best-selling book, The ...

Maybe There's a Whole Other Internet
David Shafer's first book, “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot,” is a paranoid, sarcastic and clattering pop thriller that reads as if it were torn from the damp pages of Glenn Greenwald's fever journal. It's about a multinational cabal that plans to subjugate ...

Stuff Matters by Mark Miodownik - review
Stuff Matters by Mark Miodownik - review. This book uses chemistry, history, psychology and good old fashioned storytelling to explore the nature of the materials that compose ordinary stuff, prompting readers to view the most common objects with ...

Book Review: This Is the Water by Yannick Murphy
This is you tossing the book (and perhaps this review) against the wall and shaking your head. Or this is you deciding to go with Murphy's distinctly different style and seeing where it takes you. Should you choose the latter option, this is a quick ...

PokerNews Book Review: Poker Tilt by Three-Time Bracelet Winner Dutch Boyd
In the new book The Moneymaker Effect, which was recently reviewed here on PokerNews, author Eric Raskin highlights the rise of Dutch Boyd during the 2003 World Series of Poker. He was considered one of the games brightest up and comers, but since ...

Book Review: 'The End of Absence' by Michael Harris
A 2013 report found that Americans aged 18-64 spend an average of 3.2 hours a day on social networking sites. Mr. Harris, a Canadian journalist, structures his book according to a series of mounting worries about the effects personal technology has on ...

'Michelangelo' by Miles Unger
Michelangelo may very well be the most famous artist the world has seen. He's such a towering figure that it's often difficult to keep in mind that his staggering work was created amid the turmoil and difficulties of a life. Miles Unger's “Michelangelo ...

Book Review: Guilty Knowledge, Guilty Pleasure: The Dirty Art of Poetry
Anyone who regularly reads poetry sooner or later thinks: I wish this poem didn't have so many dull moments; I wish that poet didn't keep tripping up in exactly the same way. Those of us who are also poets shake our heads, make a few snide remarks to ...

Comic Book Review – Star Trek: New Visions #2 – Time's Echo
It really doesn't seem like two months since the last photonovel from John Byrne, but in looking back to my last review for The Mirror, Cracked it's been close to three months since the last one. For those of you that didn't read my review of The ...

Comic Book Reviews for August 6, 2014
Between Superior Spider-Man's (brief) return, Superman getting even more Doomed than before, and Stan Sakai's return to Usagi Yojimbo, it's quite the crazy week for comics. Check out our reviews and let us know your thoughts in the comments! Also ...

A SPY AMONG FRIENDS: Book Review
As a product, myself, of the privileged British boarding school/Oxbridge education system, I know a thing or two about the stiff upper lip, the Old School ethic, and loyalty. The upside is what used to be, at least, the best education in the world and ...

A Finale to Soothe Cravings for Magic
The garden is in Fillory, the Narnia-like world that appeared in a series of books that they loved as children and that, thrillingly, turned out actually to exist. “This is a feeling that you had, Quentin,” Julia explains, pointing out a delicate ...

Book Review: 'A Colder War'
Listen to the Story. All Things Considered. 2 min 30 sec. Playlist; Download. Charles Cumming hooks NPR book reviewer Alan Cheuse with his latest spy novel, A Colder War. Share. Facebook; Twitter. Google+. Email. Comment ...

When Elvis Met Beyoncé: A History of Pop Music
The Story of Pop Music From Bill Haley to Beyoncé, is one of many in a book that shows how music feeds on what came before and morphs into whatever comes next. Elvis popularized songs black musicians had sung for decades. Bob Dylan copied Woody ...

Book Review: 'The Burning of the World' by Béla Zombory-Moldován
Three days later, war is declared and Zombory-Moldován, a 29-year-old artist from Budapest whose prewar existence had been that of the carefree boulevardier, has to report for duty. He dons his ensign's uniform, takes hurried leave of his family and ...

Book Review Podcast: 'All That Is Solid Melts Into Air'
In The New York Times Book Review, Anthony Marra reviews Darragh McKeon's new novel, “All That Is Solid Melts Into Air,” which branches out from the Chernobyl nuclear accident to tell a larger story. Mr. Marra writes: A book billed as an “end-of-empire ...


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