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Between the World and Me
it was amazing
It would be so easy to read this book and think this is just about other people, not about myself. I worry, as it's a bestseller, that many are doing ...more
Aug 13, 2017
Jul 09, 2015
The Bafut Beagles
did not like it
This is a difficult book to review. On it's surface, and I'm sure at the time it was written it was received this way, it presents itself as a charmin ...more
Jan 23, 2016
Jul 01, 2015
Guest of Honor: Booker T. Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, and the White House Dinner That Shocked a Nation
liked it
This book may be the most deserving of the term "Pop History" of any book I've read. I enjoyed it thoroughly, but it's hard to avoid sensing that issu ...more
Jul 30, 2013
Jun 01, 2012
The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons and an Unlikely Road to Manhood
it was amazing
I finally read this book after years of having it on my list of books I intend to read, and he's announced as a MacArthur Fellow on the day I finish i ...more
Sep 29, 2015
Aug 07, 2008
Richelieu and His Age: Assertion of Power and Cold War
really liked it
This is a detailed look at Europe during Richelieu's most active period, with a significant emphasis on events in England and Germany and the history ...more
Jul 04, 2013
Mar 11, 2013
really liked it
Spain Rodriguez' telling of the life of Che Guevara is poignant and effective. While it is clear that Rodriguez admires Guevara, he works actively to ...more
Sep 14, 2008
Sep 14, 2008
A Walker in the City
it was amazing
Kazin writes about growing up in a Jewish community in Brooklyn before the depression. As a New Yorker, and a lover of New York history, this stood ou ...more
Jan 2006
Jun 22, 2007
The Catcher Was a Spy: The Mysterious Life of Moe Berg
really liked it
If the purpose of a biography is to produce an honest, interesting account of a life, then this succeeds very well. For those hoping for a book primar ...more
Jan 17, 2013
Sep 19, 2011
Heaven's Command: An Imperial Progress
it was amazing
Jan Morris is fast becoming one of my favorite authors. Her prose is so charming that I've found myself frequently texting short passages of this book ...more
Jul 08, 2017
Jun 29, 2014
Travels in Manchuria and Mongolia: A Feminist Poet from Japan Encounters Prewar China
liked it
This is a surreal travelogue, Yosano Akiko seems for the most part to be traveling in a peaceful dream with occasional frissons of tension just strong ...more
Jun 17, 2017
Sep 13, 2016
Rolling Blackouts: Dispatches from Turkey, Syria, and Iraq
it was amazing
For International Women's Day I decided it was time to read a book that had been sitting on my shelf for a while, and I think this was the perfect cho ...more
Mar 08, 2017
Sep 13, 2016
The War That Ended Peace: The Road to 1914
really liked it
I really appreciated MacMillan's perspective, looking at a war by looking at the situation that led up to it, instead of focusing on what happened onc ...more
Nov 16, 2016
Mar 24, 2014
The Face of War
it was amazing
Gellhorn is a gifted writer with a distinct perspective, and a flare for evocative language. This collection acts as a survey of her war reporting, an ...more
Jun 29, 2015
Jul 24, 2012
Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas
it was amazing
I picked this up in the store to check it out, having greatly enjoyed Jim Ottaviani's Feynman previously. I think I like this better. I picked this up ...more
May 11, 2016
May 11, 2016
The Age of Napoleon
liked it
I enjoyed this book but it has its flaws. While I gather that Horne is a respected historian, and he conveys a breadth of knowledge in keeping with th ...more
Jul 18, 2011
Jul 18, 2011
Creating East and West: Renaissance Humanists and the Ottoman Turks
really liked it
An interesting look at the development of attitudes and understandings of the other in western thought through the lens of the Renaissance Humanists v ...more
Oct 04, 2017
Oct 15, 2008
Branch Rickey
really liked it
This is a beautiful biography, though biography is not quite the right word. Essentially Breslin meditates on the subject of Rickey, baseball, the col ...more
Feb 2012
Feb 01, 2012
A Whole Different Ball Game: The Inside Story of the Baseball Revolution
really liked it
This is a phenomenal book, and if you are a baseball fan, I think it's important reading as a vital commentary on the changes that came over Baseball ...more
Sep 08, 2013
Aug 27, 2013
George Soros On Globalization
really liked it
Soros writes remarkably concise, clear prose. He acknowledges that, like everyone else, he is better at pointing out problems than proposing solutions ...more
Dec 2008
Oct 14, 2008
it was amazing
I've read and loved enough of Jan Morris' books that it seemed past time to put her life into perspective. This book seemed so personal that I actuall ...more
Jul 11, 2017
Jul 01, 2017
I Was Right on Time
really liked it
Buck O'Neil is as charming on the page as he is in Ken Burns' Baseball, and he gets to go into a lot more detail on how baseball has changed over the ...more
May 27, 2013
Dec 15, 2011
Paper Lion: Confessions of a Last-String Quarterback
really liked it
It's almost immediately clear why this book is a classic of sports writing. I'm not particularly a football fan, but this was still a tremendous read. ...more
Jul 17, 2013
May 29, 2013
Shah of Shahs
really liked it
This is a remarkable piece on Iran before and during the revolution. There are two things about it that make the context of the book even more interes ...more
Sep 18, 2011
Aug 26, 2011
Unfamiliar Fishes
really liked it
It's a tough call to give this book 4 stars. I enjoyed it thoroughly, but it was possibly the weakest book I've read of hers. I'm having trouble putti ...more
Mar 27, 2012
Mar 12, 2012
Old Man Goya
really liked it
This is a strange and fascinating book. It's not really a traditional biography, but it contains many details about Goya's life starting around the pe ...more
Aug 23, 2013
Aug 12, 2013
My Autobiography. John Martin
really liked it
Note: The version I have is called John Martin: Sketches of My Life, and is published by Tate Publishing. It includes a number of beautiful black & ...more
May 22, 2013
May 22, 2013
Can't Anybody Here Play This Game?
it was amazing
This book effectively sums up why I am a Mets fan in both its description of the 1962 Mets and the wit with which Breslin writes.
Aug 09, 2009
Aug 09, 2009
As You Do
liked it
A charming autobiography. I've always liked Richard Hammond, and it was fun to get his perspective on some of his adventures.
Jan 2010
Dec 27, 2009
So Rich, So Poor: Why It's So Hard to End Poverty in America
really liked it
This is a surprising book, it's almost a biography of the fight against poverty in this country, told by someone who's been through a good part of it. ...more
Nov 29, 2012
Nov 13, 2012
Big Hair and Plastic Grass: A Funky Ride Through Baseball and America in the Swinging '70s
liked it
A wholly biased but charming account of 70s baseball.
Jul 06, 2012
Jul 05, 2012
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