PositiveThe New York Times Book ReviewI’m fairly well versed in the literature of the Arctic and Antarctic, but I’m not sure I’ve encountered any book about these regions that aims to do as much as Davis’s. Not only does he offer readers an insightful and bawdy primer on the breeding habits of Adélie, King and Emperor penguins, he offers an absorbing history of his own Antarctic fieldwork and a glimpse into the private lives of Levick and several important polar explorers of the era ... At his best, Davis draws provocative connections between these men and their work. But when the links are strained, which is often the case, the results can be disorienting. You feel as if you’re struggling through a whiteout, trying to keep track of people, places and events that are (literally) poles apart ... Nevertheless, A Polar Affair offers a timely illumination of a mysterious and vital ecosystem.
PositiveThe Wall Street JournalTo be sure, there’s plenty of tech jargon in Brian McCullough’s How the Internet Happened. You can find out who got the first iPhone call and who posted the first YouTube video. Yet Mr. McCullough takes a broader view ... Yet Mr. McCullough’s book adds to our understanding by explaining how startups’ histories were interlocked and how entrepreneurs and CEOs battled one another not only on a technological and cultural playing field but in the financial markets too.
PositiveThe New York Times Book ReviewAs a writer of clear and engaging prose, Kidder has few peers, but I’ve long thought that the depth of his reporting — the thousands of anecdotes and facts he must have collected about his characters, only to discard all but the most penetrating — is what differentiates his books ... one question nagged at me: Does A Truck Full of Money say something as resonant and surprising about the current culture of American business and technology? In the end, I’m not sure it does ... English is too idiosyncratic, and perhaps too decent, to be representative of software moguls everywhere. That’s not to say his story is unimportant, but it isn’t the tale of a cultural tribune. What we have instead is Kidder’s readable account of an intriguing man’s zigzagging life.
MixedThe Washington PostWeiner is a superb travel guide: funny, knowledgeable, self-deprecating...If there is a pervasive weakness in this book, it’s that Weiner’s observations on genius are sprinkled through the narrative so freely, and so constantly, that readers may struggle to synthesize them and take in their contradictions.