My selection was based as much on curiosity (as well as the excellent reviews)
I was interested in Nabokov's writing style given that Russian was his native language. His mastery of words and phrasing is brilliant.
While it is true that this is clearly the autobiography of a man of letters rather than a world leader who accomplished world-shaking events, his entertaining descriptions of even the minutiae of life was very entertaining.
It is easy to see why his talent has been recognized so widely.
Recommended for the thoughtful and other fans of high quality prose writing.
Winslow's laces this thrill ride with edgy atmospherics and witty social commentary. His major and minor characters are all living dangerously in the San Diego - Mexico border drug scene. While I have not yet seen the Oliver Stone movie, it will have to be quite a trip to top this "page turner".
If you want to understand why so many modernh new buildings in our cities are hard on the eyes as well as the spirit, Tom Wolfe is your man!
Wolfe eviscerates the pompous and arrogant class of modern architects, and makes you laugh out loud as he does it.
With his characteristic brilliance, Steyn explains how much of the world has relied on the hegemony of the United States to maintain international civil order, and how so many countires and societies now face a painful chaotic future as the US declines economically, and eventually militarily.
What is truly amazing is how Steyn can provide so much humorous entertainment, even as he is scaring the hell out of you.
This book can make you laugh and cry at the same time!
Highly recommended on all levels.
The startling plan by the anarchist/communist left to overthrow not only the capitalist system but the whole of western society as we know it.
A dark look at the mental state of the leaders of the OWS demonstrations.
Magnificent from so many perspectives - Historically accurate sweep of America's West in the late 1800s. Nuanced character development. A book about relationships of complex characters in stressful conditions. Narration is superb. Spellbinding from start to finish.
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