Red Fortress: History and Illusion in the Kremlinby Catherine Merridale
Henry Holt and Company, New York
"The Kremlin is a deceiver; and it has been designed to project a story about Russia that hides far more than it reveals. We...
By Josh Kaufman,
$26.95, Portfolio / Penguin
Released June 13, 2013
Chances are you have a laundry list of things you want to learn and do, but little time to do them. Josh Kaufman, a self-described "learning addict," and author of...
The death toll from the conflict in Afghanistan reached 2,000 last week.
If the U.S. hadn't reached that grim benchmark would the war still mean anything to the general public right now?
The conflict in Afghanistan is in danger of becoming a "forgotten...
Gotham Books, 302 pgs. 2012
Let's face it: You aren't that smart.
It's a bold assertion -- maybe even an insult -- that isn't likely to endear you toward reading the rest of this article, or the book of similar name. Yet journalist David McRaney's...
By Christopher Johnson
2011, Hardback, 246 pages, W.W. Norton & Company $21.95
Omit needless words.
That phrase is the age-old writing wisdom given by Strunk & White, in The Elements of Style. Little did Strunk know when his advice was first published in 1918...
Psst? Wanna know a secret? The Internet is hiding something from you.
Eli Pariser's book The Filter Bubble treads lightly into the realm of the Internet with a book that in lesser hands could have become an unwieldy and complex subject.
Beginning with its cover -- a sly...
The Story of My Teeth, on every level, is obsessed with artifice and the slipperiness of identity. Now translated by Christina MacSweeney, in collaboration with Luiselli, the book mimics her own play with authorial identity. In the book, Gustavo Sánchez Sánchez, also known as Highway, claims to be writing a “dental autobiography,” though the question of whose words we’re actually reading later becomes complicated.
by no less than Chinua Achebe, to be a colonialist, ultimately racist piece of writing about Africa and indigenous peoples who are little understood