PositiveLibrary JournalIn a personal, somewhat autobiographical account intended for concerned Americans, Osnos considers the dissimilitude among residents, which he memorably presents in vignettes illustrating differences in credulousness (of the media and politicians); feelings of safety; and expectations of intergenerational mobility and the American Dream ... This cogently written book is a useful review of intertwined events in the early 21st-century United States.
PositiveLibrary JournalReaders will learn much about the views of post–World War II legal influencers, such as Telford Taylor, Richard Falk, and John Yoo, and may be surprised by the continuity of evolving policies and arguments on hostilities during the administrations of George H. W. Bush through Donald Trump ... This complex, idea-filled tome may contradict some general readers’ assumptions; its subtle argumentation will appeal to contemporary political historians, students of international law, post–Cold War military analysts, and social justice advocates. These are all good reasons to study it.
PositiveLibrary Journal... unblinking ... Ronald spares readers the particulars about Kennedy’s extramarital affairs, beyond mentioning the names of some of his paramours. Instead, she meticulously details other activities of Kennedy—frequently absent, and holding both pro-Fascist and isolationist views—during a harrowing time in U.S. diplomacy ... Fans of popular history and biography should appreciate this addition to the ranks of books about the Kennedy family.
PositiveLibrary JournalHagedorn effectively tells how Koval returned to the Soviet Union in 1948 to live quietly and eventually receive posthumous recognition. This expertly researched, psychologically thrilling history makes good use of available primary sources, such as FBI reports, letters, and interviews, as well as secondary literature ... Engaging narrative nonfiction that will thrill readers who are drawn to works by Ben Macintyre and Kate Moore.
PositiveLibrary JournalGeneral readers and history devotees might enjoy this compilation and its use of corporate archival and secondary sources; they might also have additions to suggest ... McHugh’s work is distinctive and engaging as it describes American social history through the lens of mainstream nonfiction advice books, and explores how they define or redefine us.
PositiveLibrary JournalRoberts conveys the personal and political impact of a pivotal event in American history in a narrative that will engage readers of the time period and resonate with today’s social justice activists.
PositiveLibrary Journal... a spritely, quote-filled selective survey ... Important aspects here include an annotated appendix of particular publications attributed to presidents, and the author’s essays at the beginning of the endnotes for each chapter citing relevant interviews and secondary works ... This narrative presents an engaging and enlightening perspective on the history of the presidency.