Book Reviews

Nonfiction: How an Agency of Oddballs Transformed Modern War and Modern Life

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 06/30/2017 - 4:00am
One small Pentagon enclave spawned stealth aircraft, armed drones and the internet. Fred Kaplan tells the story of Darpa in “The Imagineers of War.”
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Ivory Tower: Whose Fault Is It Anyway? Three Books on the Shifting Nature of Responsibility in American Politics

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 06/30/2017 - 4:00am
How responsibility came to mean accountability — and why that matters for issues of justice and welfare reform.
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Letters to the Editor

New York Times Book Reviews - Fri, 06/30/2017 - 4:00am
Readers respond to books about China, Justin Vogt’s review of “Raven Rock” and more.
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I Absolutely Loooved My Afternoon With ‘Eloise’ Illustrator Hilary Knight

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 06/29/2017 - 4:40pm
The New York Times domestic correspondent and “Eloise” fan Alexandra Jacobs enjoys a “rawther” pleasant meeting with the illustrator Hilary Knight.
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Open Book: Backstage With Van Halen

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 06/29/2017 - 4:34pm
There’s plenty of sex, drugs and absurdity in a new memoir by a former manager of the band.
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Newsbook: During Wimbledon, 3 Books Give Insight Into World of Tennis

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 06/29/2017 - 4:17pm
These 3 books explore the culture, personalities and politics of the sport.
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Nonfiction: How Martin Luther King Persuaded John Kennedy to Support the Civil Rights Cause

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 06/29/2017 - 4:00am
In “Kennedy and King,” Steven Levingston tells the story of an ardent activist, a cautious president and leadership of a curious nature.
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By the Book: Don Winslow: By the Book

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 06/29/2017 - 4:00am
The author of “The Force” lists Ross Macdonald, James Crumley, Charles Willeford, Chester Himes and Robert B. Parker among his favorite classics: “Those guys turned crime writing into music.”
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Critic’s Take: The Joy of Reading About Cooking

New York Times Book Reviews - Thu, 06/29/2017 - 4:00am
Tejal Rao on the deep comfort of reading cookbooks.
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Nonfiction: Tracing the Origins of the New York Police Department

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 4:00am
In “Law and Disorder: The Chaotic Birth of the NYPD,” Bruce Chadwick reveals how incompetent constables, riots and rising crime convinced New Yorkers they needed an official police force.
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Fiction: The Characters in Ann Beattie’s New Stories Are Boomers in a Millennial World

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 4:00am
Ann Beattie’s latest story collection takes her familiar baby boomer characters and maroons them in 21st-century social and political disarray.
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Maria’s Picks: Board Books to Get Babies Talking

New York Times Book Reviews - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 4:00am
The Times’ children’s book editor, Maria Russo, picks 9 adorable books made for infants and toddlers that can help them make the leap to language.
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Books News: Sarah Jessica Parker Reveals First Book Acquisition, and Her A.L.A. Book Club Pick

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 6:00am
Her first acquisition, by the debut novelist Fatima Farheen Mirza, follows an Indian-American family.
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Nonfiction: A Life of Toscanini, Maestro With Passion and Principles

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 4:00am
In his new biography, “Toscanini: Musician of Conscience,” Harvey Sachs presents a demanding but tenderhearted genius who stood up to fascism and hate.
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The Shortlist: Four Timely Memoirs from the Halls of Medicine

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 4:00am
Four doctors—a nephrologist, a pediatrician, a cardiologist and a psychiatrist—on what ails their patients and their profession.
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Match Book: Dear Match Book: What Books Best Capture Science and Nature?

New York Times Book Reviews - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 4:00am
A book club focused on literature of the environment, from nature memoirs to natural history and science, seeks to expand its reading list.
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Op-Ed Contributor: Why Grown-Up Muggles Should Read ‘Harry Potter’

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 5:55pm
On the 20th anniversary of J.K. Rowling’s series, a superfan explains why the books still make him cry.
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Nonfiction: Why America’s Great Cities Are Becoming More Economically Segregated

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 4:00am
In “The New Urban Crisis,” Richard Florida argues that the revival of central cities has made them more unequal and more segregated.
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Fiction: From City to Jungle, a New Novel Summons the Politics and History of Two Islands

New York Times Book Reviews - Mon, 06/26/2017 - 4:00am
Northern Ireland and Papua New Guinea don’t seem so different in Nick Laird’s new novel, “Modern Gods.”
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By the Book: Emma Straub: By the Book

New York Times Book Reviews - Sun, 06/25/2017 - 2:06am
The author of “Modern Lovers” keeps her youth on a shelf: “There are books I loved in my teens and 20s that I would not love now, but it’s still nice to see them there, as a reminder of a person I used to be.”
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