RaveNPR... masterful ... Cervantes marshals an enormous array of primary and secondary sources to tell the story of the decades that followed Christopher Columbus\' arrival on an island off what is now Cuba ... There\'s a depressing sameness to the way Cervantes tells the story. The indigenous populations sometimes fought back, often with great skill and courage, and could themselves be brutal to their enemies. But they were ultimately no match for the Europeans, who came in greater and greater numbers and carried artillery that seemed to give them God-like powers ... Cervantes sets out not to whitewash such atrocities but to place them in context.
RaveNPR... insightful and eye-opening ... Nasaw is a humane writer with a knowledge of his subject that is broad and deep, and he doesn\'t lose sight of one of the enduring ironies of the war\'s aftermath.
MixedNPRCase and Deaton do a great job making the case that something has gone grievously wrong. The solutions they propose, such as repairing the U.S. safety net and overhauling the broken U.S. health-care system, are worthy ones, but somehow don\'t feel up to addressing the gargantuan social problems they spell out so well ... Something more will be needed to address the steady erosion of working-class life, with all the heartbreak and despair it\'s engendered.
PositiveNPR... excellent, deeply reported ... Trump\'s murky relationship with Deutsche Bank is still under congressional investigation, so Enrich\'s story is necessarily incomplete. Still, the book has enough detail to make its case that Deutsche Bank was more than just one more rogue bank; it is a cautionary tale of what happens when a bank pursues profits at any cost, without being weighed down by pesky moral scruples.