In all of his books, John Julius Norwich remembered that history is a story.
Blown is a short and engrossing mystery novel that also stands as a morality play, an ethical fable that suggests that our own selves are perhaps the greatest mystery of all.
De Hamel’s history is a detective story, a love story, and a revelation of the nourishment to be found in celebrated libraries and collections.
Why didn’t a legal mind as brilliant as Richard Posner’s get to the Supreme Court? One suspects his candor and bluntness.
The history and process of judicial selection — dispassionately detailed.
Olivia Kate Cerrone tells this story in raw, blunt terms, in a naturalistic mode worthy of Zola.
A historian’s view of the tumultuous world of early sixteenth century Europe, an age of exploration, revolt, and religious upheaval.
Jay McInerney’s characters may live on exotic mixed drinks and fine wines, but they still suffer moral dilemmas and have consciences they cannot silence.
Alan Furst’s books are spy thrillers infused with a crisp, rather than a flowery, literary sensibility.
James Traub has admirably captured the man inside the public figure, giving us a complex view of a typical New England grandee.