PositiveThe New York Times Book Review... maddening ... Lewis makes the most of his conceit, flashing backward and forward through the decades to show us how and when the warning signs flashed ... cinematic ... Some of this story has been told before, including in this newspaper. But Lewis brings a welcome gimlet eye to the Trump era, when government officials abused by Trump were instinctively deified by liberal Twitter and cable TV ... But the lessons of the The Premonition apply to more than just the C.D.C. — they tell us why government bureaucracies fail.
Svetlana Alexievich, Trans. by Keith Gessen
PositiveThe New York Times Book ReviewSeen through the eyes of those who lived through it, real-life Chernobyl begins to seem like a nightmare, with feral cats who hunt humans in packs and children born missing fingers—or worse. Grim and grotesque, the stories accrete across the pages like the radionuclides lodged in the bodies of those who survived.