Religion Book Reviews (page 5)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 6, 2008

"An exemplary entry in the history of ideas."
Nadler (Philosophy/Univ. of Wisconsin; Rembrandt's Jews, 2003, etc.) recounts a major episode in the history of early modern philosophy. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"A must-read for anyone seeking to understand how cults operate and view themselves in relation to the world."
Page-turning account of growing up at the heart of a fringe religion. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"A creative, unusual mix of memoir and travel narrative."
Canadian playwright and poet Garfinkel (Glass Psalms, 2005, etc.) considers the quandary of Zionism in this account of his travels in Israel and Palestine. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: July 8, 2008

"A masterly narrative that captures the religious fervor, brutality and mayhem of this intensive contest for the 'center of the world.'"
Exciting re-creation of the epic mid-16th-century struggle between the encroaching Ottoman Empire and the beleaguered Christian Europeans. Read full book review >
THE BISHOP’S DAUGHTER by Honor Moore
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2008

"A moving prose poem about what it means to be spiritual, sexual and human."
A powerful memoir of life with an accomplished but secretly tortured father. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2008

"Nonfiction of the highest caliber: fascinating and thorough, but never sycophantic or overly familiar."
Prolific travel writer, journalist and novelist Iyer (Sun After Dark: Flights Into the Foreign, 2004, etc.) turns his judicious eye on the 14th Dalai Lama, with whom he has been acquainted for more than 30 years. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 18, 2008

"Well-wrought, well-written and well-reasoned—a welcome infusion of calm good sense into a perennially controversial and relevant subject."
A sophisticated discussion of the role of religion in the American Republic's early years. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 25, 2007

"Riveting from start to finish."
An intrepid writer journeys to the Middle East at the dawn of the 21st century to document the lives of young people whose countries are immersed in social and political upheaval. Read full book review >
A SECULAR AGE by Charles Taylor
RELIGION
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"A magisterial book."
An analysis of secularism from Canadian philosopher Taylor (Modern Social Imaginaries, 2004, etc.), winner of the 2007 Templeton Prize. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 21, 2007

"A captivating study of medical innovation, the fallibility of science and two adventurous minds."
The wonderfully witty Friedman (A Mind of its Own: A Cultural History of the Penis, 2001) moves on to a more serious subject: the heralded aviator's partnership with a Nobel Prize-winning surgeon on innovations that laid the groundwork for organ transplants, cryosurgery and the artificial heart. Read full book review >
WHEN A CROCODILE EATS THE SUN by Peter Godwin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 2007

"A haunting story."
Zimbabwe's disintegration in the hands of ruthless dictator Robert Mugabe, recounted in careful, beautifully crafted prose by a journalist born and raised there. Read full book review >
INFIDEL by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 6, 2007

"Crammed with harrowing details, Hirsi Ali's account is a significant contribution to our times."
Somali-born Dutch parliamentarian Hirsi Ali, now in hiding from Muslim militants angered by her outspoken views on Islam's enslavement of women (The Caged Virgin, 2005), offers a forthright, densely detailed memoir of growing up harshly amid revolution and religious restraint. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >