March 12, 2009 The follow-up to his stingingly critical Iraq war history, Fiasco, Thomas Ricks' The Gamble details the men and maneuvers that made the U.S. troop surge of 2007 successful at reducing violence in Iraq.
February 3, 2009 Oil, ego and economics mix in Bryan Burrough's chronicle of the spectacular rise and often sordid fall of Texas' wealthiest and most powerful families.
January 12, 2009 Social scientist Luke Bergmann put himself in the story when he moved to Detroit to study the underground drug economy. The risk was worth it: Getting Ghost provides an eye-opening portrait of a dark, alternative world hidden in plain site.
November 26, 2008 The events of 2008 raised a raft of controversies to national consciousness. These powerful books wrap the issues in compelling narratives — and provide the perspective of history.
November 11, 2008 Philip Norman's exhaustive and artfully sketched new biography of John Lennon explores the split between a man who could be cruel and violent, and the artist who inspired millions.
October 14, 2008 Fossil fuels are damaging our economy and national security, in addition to altering the world's climate. A green revolution, says Thomas Friedman, "is not about the whales." It's a competitive necessity.
October 3, 2008 George Bush and Dick Cheney are certain history will justify their actions. But a reading of these two books, The War Within and Angler, suggests that vindication may be a long time coming.
September 17, 2008 Dexter Filkins' vignettes of life and death in Afghanistan and Iraq are true reports from the field. But these shell-shocked, cool accounts carry the power of literature.
August 22, 2008 In her new book, journalist Jane Mayer chronicles how the war on terror has undermined the U.S. Constitution. Reviewer Simon Maxwell Apter says that Mayer's exhaustive research and painfully blunt prose set The Dark Side apart from the dozens of other post-9/11 history books.
August 15, 2008 Half shantytown, half boomtown, the teeming and complex Mexican capital defies coherent description. David Lida's sharply drawn vignettes are expansive and vivid — like the city itself.
July 21, 2008 In his thrilling postmortem of the Cuban missile crisis, Michael Dobbs reveals the role of tactical diplomacy — and luck — in ensuring a peaceful resolution to the Cold War standoff.
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