Monday Evening Book Reviews

Daniel Larison on Evan Thomas’ Ike’s Bluff: President Eisenhower’s Secret Battle to Save the World: “…an examination of Dwight Eisenhower’s record that seeks to understand how he successfully kept the United States out of a major war during the eight years of his presidency.” (NYTimes)

Brook Wilensky-Lanford on Andrew Solomon’s Far From the Tree: “Author Andrew Solomon sets out to understand how parents raise children who are radically different from them, children whose “vertical” identity, traits passed from parent to child, is overshadowed by extraordinary “horizontal” traits, 10 of which he explores in great detail: deafness, dwarfism, Down syndrome, autism, schizophrenia, disability, genius, children of rape, crime and transgenderism. What can possibly be said about all of these conditions together?” (San Francisco Chronicle)

Clive Stafford Smith on Ian Cobain’s Cruel Britannia: “Cobain has used declassified materials from years gone by to demonstrate a pattern that has been recycled with the perceived terrorist threat faced by each generation.” (The Guardian)

Carolyn See on Howard Jacobson’s Zoo Time: “Readers hate to be swindled. I have a feeling most of them will get up and leave the room long before the end of “Zoo Time.”” (Washington Post)

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