PositiveLibrary JournalThis account lucidly illustrates Thiel’s rise as a right-wing power broker, during the hi-tech boom, bust, and resurgence; it will appeal to readers fascinated by the intersection of technology and politics.
RaveLibrary JournalThis unvarnished memoir will grip readers and anger them; a decisive contribution to the continuing reappraisal of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
PositiveLibrary JournalApple skillfully blends science writing with biography to present the story of this quirky, arrogant, and brilliant scientist ... An illuminating account that makes Warburg (the man and the scientist) accessible to general readers.
PositiveLibrary JournalThe most illuminating chapters describe the courtroom action and introduce Judge Edward G. Smith and Vic Walczak and Eric Rothschild, the attorneys advocating for the students ... This uplifting story, which played out during bleak years for refugees in the U.S., will resonate with readers concerned about immigration and education policy, and those engaged by courtroom narratives.
RaveLibrary JournalThe book’s strength, based on the author’s deep research of newly declassified records, shows how the Crisis played out in the Soviet Union and Cuba ... This important, absorbing work shows that the full story of the Cuban Missile Crisis must be told from its global perspective.
PositiveLibrary JournalStories of Kurt fleeing from Nazi-controlled France and Nico’s tour on the eastern front are engrossing ... The author delves deeply into his ancestry to unravel the complex stories of his multigenerational family, and to show how his father’s and grandfather’s traumatic lives affected him ... Overall, this fascinating, sometimes brutal, and in a few minor instances, rambling narrative will grasp the attention of readers interested in the Holocaust and modern German history.
RaveLibrary Journal... engrossing ... This gripping investigation of the challenges of Middle East politics will engage informed general readers and foreign policy specialists.
Martin J. Sherwin
RaveLibrary JournalThis deeply researched account has a you-are-there feel ... Sherwin dispels this simplistic interpretation by placing the crisis in its Cold War context ... This important investigation of a significant Cold War event will inform and engross modern history readers.
Thomas A. Schwartz
RaveLibrary Journal... [a] deeply researched, first-rate narrative ... This richly detailed investigation will find an appreciative audience among Cold War scholars and current history readers.
RaveLibrary Journal... authoritative ... Draper is at his best when describing the most prominent advocates for war to rid Iraq of Saddam Hussein ... Although exhaustive details might discourage general audiences, informed readers and foreign policy specialists will be engaged in what is likely the definitive contemporary account of the origins of the War in Iraq.
PositiveLibrary JournalThis authoritative and exhaustive biography will challenge general readers, but will find an appreciative audience among political scholars and modern philosophy academics. A solid companion to Thomas Schwartz’s Henry Kissinger and American Power.
PositiveLibrary JournalThis book was completed before the impeachment probe in October 2019 so parts feel outdated. However, serious political readers and presidential studies scholars will derive much from this cogent appraisal.
PositiveLibrary JournalHumorous anecdotes about traveling with the president and life among Washington’s political elite lighten the mood ... This fast-paced account nicely captures the spirit of the times and will appeal to political junkies and scholars. See Patrick Buchanan’s Nixon’s White House Wars and Keith Olson’s updated Watergate for in-depth investigations.
PositiveForeword Review...a thorough account of privacy struggles that draws on deep research to reveal that the privacy dilemma dates back more than a century and has roiled American life through two world wars, the New Deal, the Cold War, and the post 9/11 era ... The book is especially effective at showing that the trampling of privacy rights paved the way for such abuses as the Japanese internment, McCarthyism, and Watergate ... This rigorous investigation of the ongoing debate between privacy and the public right to know at times lapses into excessive detail, but None of Your Damn Business provides excellent background information for citizens concerned with the erosion of privacy rights, as well as for government officials and legal professionals positioned to act upon privacy laws that protect citizens while providing necessary oversight.
MixedLibrary JournalTediously lengthy and complex stories of [Snowden\'s] assignments will be most meaningful to computing professionals, as the most fascinating passages probe the concerns that drove him to release the top-secret report; how his life and that of his now wife was uprooted; and his life in Russia, which granted him asylum ... For those fascinated by electronic spying or impassioned by the issue of privacy rights, Snowden’s memoir casts an enlightening view of the U.S. intelligence community despite sometimes being marred by cumbersome jargon.
Garrett M. Graff
PositiveLibrary JournalPresident George W. Bush, who was shuttled on Air Force One from Washington, DC, to military bases in Louisiana and Nebraska, then back to the capital, all on 9/11, delivered the most important speech of his presidency that evening. That, along with the heartrendering evacuation of New York’s World Trade Center, are two of many threads that will stay with readers. This excellent oral history provides a much-needed perspective of the events and aftermath.
PositiveForeword Reviews[Buchanan\'s] work is keen and insightful as it covers her African, Indigenous, and white roots and the challenges and pride that they brought. Her portrayals of others are provocative and unvarnished, including those of her mother, Velma, and her aunts ... an emotionally draining memoir that is also resonant in its discussions of poverty’s destructive forces.
J. Randy Taraborrelli
RaveLibrary JournalReaders will be fascinated by the relationship between Senator Ted Kennedy and members of the third generation, stories about matriarch Ethel, and life inside the family compound ... Kennedy followers will be intrigued by this absorbing narrative of the dynasty\'s continuing hold on American life.
PositiveLibrary JournalGergel reintroduces oft-forgotten civil rights heroes in this captivating, deeply researched work that is likely to draw in general readers, historians, and legal scholars alike.
Jeremy N. Smith
RaveLibrary JournalSmith...serves a fascinating and entertaining account ... Vignettes careen from gripping to funny and show the critical need for regular testing, as security breaching in elections and corporate and personal identity theft are growing industries ... Like an espionage thriller, this account ensnares readers into the high-stakes world of computer security, told through Alien\'s emergence as a recognized expert in a male-dominated profession. It will reach audiences of enthusiastic hackers and general readers.
RaveLibrary JournalSnippets of Colvin\'s reporting woven throughout the text provide an appreciation for her sparse, moving prose ... This unputdownable account will inspire future journalists, especially women, and should find wide audiences among those interested in global crises and international affairs.
PositiveForeword Reviews...a memoir with the exciting elements of an espionage thriller ... The best parts of the book are the author’s discussions with the informers and three high-level operatives about why they pretended to befriend the author when their primary objective was to feed information to the Securitate ... poignant detail ... The book generally flows briskly with its many charming, humorous, and intriguing stories, but at times it lapses into dry academic discourse.
James F. Simon
RaveLibrary Journal\"Simon is at his best when describing how these once friendly men became alienated, as Eisenhower remained moored to his middle-of-the road politics, while Warren became leader of the Court’s liberal faction, exasperated by Eisenhower’s failure to move proactively on school desegregation ... This compelling account of two giants of their time will find a wide audience among historians and informed general readers. See David Goldfield’s The Gifted Generation for a view of Eisenhower as a stronger civil rights president.\