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'The Art of Language' (book jacket)
OPINION

BOOK REVIEW: ‘The Art of Language’

“The Art of Language” describes 26 of the scripts used to record languages around the world. It details the origins of each script and its organizing features on one page, with all its characters set out on the facing page.

'The Taliban at War 2001-2018' (book jacket)
OPINION

BOOK REVIEW: ‘The Taliban at War 2001-2018’

To understand the Taliban, and especially whether it has changed since 2001 to become capable of participating in peace negotiations, readers will benefit from Antonio Giustozzi’s highly informed and detailed book, “The Taliban at War 2001-2018.”

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'The Cheffe: A Cook's Novel' (book jacket)

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Cheffe: A Cook's Novel'

This novel is definitely about a female cook, the Cheffe of the title and always referred to by that term. The narrator -- the fictional author -- was, also a cook, an apprentice to the Cheffe, who fell in love with her and became, he says, her only confidant.

'Black Site' (book jacket)

BOOK REVIEW: 'Black Site'

Beginning in 2002, secret "black site" CIA detention facilities were established in several allied countries, where more than 100 al Qaeda prisoners were confined, and subjected to a variety of interrogation methods.

'Night Boat to Tangier' (book jacket)

BOOK REVIEW: 'Night Boat to Tangier'

"In Spain, the dead are more alive than the dead of any other country in the world." That Frederic Garcia Lorca quote, the epigraph, sets the book's tone.

'Facing the Bear' (book jacket)

BOOK REVIEW: 'Facing the Bear'

Mr. Royle, a broadcaster and military historian, tells us, Scotland played a key role in NATO's forward maritime defense operations, which helped contain the threat from the Soviet Bear.

 'The Hidden Nazi' (book jacket)

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Hidden Nazi'

"He aimed for the stars, but hit London." That's a well-traveled post-World War II joke involving Wernher von Braun, the former Nazi rocketry wizard who escaped the advancing Russians and with a number of his fellow scientists was resettled here under Operation Paperclip.

'Everything Inside' (book jacket)

BOOK REVIEW: 'Everything Inside'

The title "Everything Inside" could not be more apt for this collection of eight short stories that expose the hidden machinery inside all of us -- those intricate psychosocial cogs and wheels and power supplies that make us what we are.

'The Social Media Upheaval' (book jacket)

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Social Media Upheaval'

Social media is making us dumber, meaner and more cocooned than ever before while at the same time feeding us the illusion of being in the right.

'The Body' (book jacket)

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Body'

We all have one -- and only ever one. It's a body. When it goes, we're gone, so it's best to look after it while we've got it. To do that, it helps to know what's inside it and how it works. That's what Bill Bryson sets out to tell us in his latest book "The Body: A Guide for Occupants."

 'The Other End of the Line' (book jacket)

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Other End of the Line'

"The Other End of the Line," translated by Stephen Sartarelli, offers a good murder mystery, a strong sense of atmosphere, and vivid descriptions of interesting characters, places and Sicilian food.

'Permanent Record' (book jacket)

BOOK REVIEW: 'Permanent Record'

Edward Snowden and Ady Barkan, both 36 years old, have written riveting books describing different, but parallel lives. Mr. Snowden became world famous in 2013 as a National Security Agency whistleblower, while Mr. Barkan is better-known among activists.

'The Accidental President" (book jacket)

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Accidental President"

Public figures often have a distinctive feature or accessory that marks them in the public mind -- FDR's cigarette holder, Groucho Marx's eyebrows, John Bolton's mustache or Chester A. Arthur's mutton chops -- in the end, given th iencreasingly limited time given to teaching American history, perhaps the most memorable thing about him.

 'The Outlaw Ocean' (book jacket)

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Outlaw Ocean'

"Life on the ocean has long been romanticized as the ultimate expression of freedom -- an escape from landlocked life, a chance to explore, to reinvent," Ian Urbina writes in "The Outlaw Ocean: Journeys Across the Last Untamed Frontier."

'The Second Biggest Nothing' (book jacket)

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Second Biggest Nothing'

The discovery that his wife has a tail is not the most disconcerting news received by Dr. Siri Paiboun, former national coroner of Laos, who next finds that his dog, Ugly, bears a message containing a death threat.

'The Secrets We Kept' (book jacket)

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Secrets We Kept'

The "secrets" of the book's title are the classified information that passed through the eyes to the fingers of the women in the typing pool of the CIA's post-Office of Strategic Services (OSS).

'On Fire' (book jacket)

BOOK REVIEW: 'On Fire'

Like most radical ideologues, Ms. Klein sees "climate change" as a handy weapon in the struggle against their pet hate -- the free market democracies that have brought progress, prosperity, and a better life.

'Reclaiming Common Sense' (book jacket)

BOOK REVIEW: 'Reclaiming Common Sense'

"When Thomas Paine appealed to 'common sense' to make the case for American independence, it probably never crossed his mind that there would ever be a need to make the case for common sense itself, at least not in America." writes Robert Curry.

'Deceiving the Sky' (book jacket)

BOOK REVIEW: 'Deceiving the Sky'

Mr. Gertz describes President Trump as a powerful hawk on China who is adamant that dealing with the Chinese threat be among his highest priorities, so the tide is turning.