We talk to author David Grann about adventurer and Ernest Shackleton-acolyte Henry Worsley, and his a fascinating account of struggle and determination against the grimmest of odds.Read more
A list of political books for this most political of seasons.
Were you looking for more reasons to worry about the future, or the present? LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media will fuel your nightmares. Authors P.W. Singer and Emerson T. Brooking share the events that led to the book, as well as the challenges of writing a topic that mutates by the hour.Read more
Casey Gerald could be held up as the poster child of someone who achieved the American Dream despite the vast odds against him. But that path to success is a dark and thorny one and is perhaps not one we should be encouraging kids to take. Gerald talks to us about his memoir that we chose as a Best Book of October.
This month: An outstanding debut collection of unusual and original essays; an exploration of courage and curiosity from bestselling author Brené Brown; a deep-dive into the disaster that ended the era of supersonic air travel; and two books about books, including the latest from The Orchid Thief author Susan Orlean.Read more
If the Clash and the Sex Pistols were considered rebels for infusing rock with sharp political commentary, imagine the guts it took to do it under the eye of the Stasi. Tim Mohr talks about the East German secret police, psychological terror, and Burning Down the Haus, his chronicle of punk rock and the fall of the Berlin Wall.Read more
In her engaging new book, Hannah Fry demystifies algorithms and machine learning and explores the benefits and drawbacks to their ever-growing power over our daily lives.Read more
The Amazon Books Editors' selections for the best new biographies and memoirs of October include an informative look into the life and work of Frederick Douglass, an emotional (and uplifting?) story of a family that will "destroy each other... destroy themselves," and The Greatest Love Story Ever Told, as told by two people who absolutely believe it.Read more
The bestselling author talks to the Amazon Book Review about his latest book and the centuries-old, symbiotic, and sometimes uneasy relationship between astrophysics and the military.Read more
If you're afraid of heights, Free Solo—the new documentary about climbing superstar Alex Honnold and his ropeless ascent of Yosemite's El Capitan—might be impossible to watch. It's also impossible to look away. Check out the trailer, or if that's too much, read an excerpt from his newly updated autobiography, Alone on the Wall.Read more
Part adventure, some history, and a little bit Studs Terkel, Northland—Porter Fox's exploration of 4,000 miles of the U.S./Canadian divide—is filled with encounters with people as diverse as the landscape. Here are some of his can't-miss destinations along "America's Forgotten Border."Read more
September marks the advent of the high season for publishing, a cavalcade of noteworthy and much-anticipated books hitting the shelves, as well as our reading lists. Here are 14 of our favorite true tales of the month, including the latest from Doris Kearns Goodwin, Jill Lepore, and Noah Yuval Harari.Read more