The Book of Revelations is indeed a revelation in Elaine Pagels's understanding of it. Spirited, erudite and engaged best describe her exploration of a long-ago world that continues to inform our own.
If journalism is history written on the run, Michael Lewis has won a marathon.
Who knew the global debt crisis, which has swamped Europe and threatens to overtop America, could be so wittily rendered? In Lewis's account, it's big, it's scary and it's funny – a "march of folly" that you can't help stopping to watch.
Sometimes the ethnic stereotyping is a bit cringe-making, and he goes easier on Americans than he does the hapless Europeans, but over all this is a book that lends understanding as it entertains.
Susan Casey's enthusiasm for her subject carries you along. Using big-wave surfers to link interesting historical material and climate science is effective. Particularly liked the visit to Lloyds of London. Good, solid reporting with an eye for telling details.
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