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Fire and Fury review: Exposing the chaos in the Trump White House

Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff @@@ (3 out of 5) If you deplore Donald Trump’s racism, misogyny, meanness, stupidity, narcissism, and recklessness, and the sheer incompetence of his White House, as I do, and if there is a malicious streak in you, as there is in me, you may love Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury. It's difficult to imagine any [...]

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Recommended Fiction & Nonfiction

recent books reviewed

Over the past eight years I’ve reviewed nearly 1,000 books on this blog. I thought it might be useful to group some of the most informative ones by topic or author. I plan to post one such grouped review each week for the foreseeable future.

To get us started, here are The 15 best books of 2017 (plus 34 others).

In the meantime, here are nine others that already appear on this site. I hope you’ll find them useful.

Fiction

Nonfiction

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Nonfiction

Fire and Fury review: Exposing the chaos in the Trump White House

Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff @@@ (3 out of 5) If you deplore Donald Trump’s racism, misogyny, meanness, stupidity, narcissism, and recklessness, and the sheer incompetence of his White House, as I do, and if there is a malicious streak in you, as there is in me, you may love Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury. It's difficult to imagine any [...]

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Trade Fiction

The strangest tale I’ve read in years

Undermajordomo Minor by Patrick DeWitt @@@ (3 out of 5) It's hard to know what to make of this curious little novel by Patrick DeWitt. Undermajordomo Minor is unquestionably the strangest tale I've read in years—and I read a great deal of science fiction, much of which is surpassingly strange. (No, this is not science fiction.) Here we have a young man named Lucie [...]

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Mysteries & Thrillers

Heart-pounding suspense in a thriller about industrial espionage

Killer Instinct by Joseph Finder @@@@ (4 out of 5) Joseph Finder has written 16 novels since 1991. Like several of his other books, Killer Instinct is a tale of industrial espionage. But this is espionage with a twist—not one company (or one country) spying on a competing business but espionage within a single company, for the most part. It's a clever story, even if o [...]

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Commentaries

Third World poverty and economic development: a reading list

The emergence of new nations out of a colonial past was one of the most significant developments of the 20th Century—if not the most important of all. Their uneven struggle to attain the comforts and possibilities of life to be found in Europe, North America, and Japan continues to loom large in the 21st Century. As a consequence, a fair proportion of my reading the past two [...]

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