PositiveThe Wall Street JournalThe author vividly recounts the various civil wars and regional conflicts Colombia has suffered since its independence from Spain in 1810 ... Gabriel García Márquez did not believe, at the time of his death in 2014, that the Magdalena would ever be restored. Mr. Davis’s book makes a compelling case otherwise. If a country’s spirit can be renewed through the grace and resilience of its people, he argues, so too can its river.
Rachel Love Nuwer
PositiveThe Wall Street JournalPoached describes all kinds of heart-wrenching and harrowing moments, but Ms. Nuwer often strikes a lighthearted tone, finding eccentric detail to splash in ... The result is more a frenetic slideshow of the trade than a rigorous, comprehensive analysis. But by focusing on the humans at all points of the trade, Ms. Nuwer is able to offer something rare: a window onto the feelings and beliefs that drive it.