America

The whirlwind and the saint

24 March 2010 12:00 am

Dave Eggers is the very model of the engaged writer.

Method in his madness

24 February 2010 12:00 am

The car manufacturer Henry Ford domin- ates this remarkable book, managing, like Falstaff, to be its tragic hero, villain, and comic relief all at the same time.

A narrow escape

24 February 2010 12:00 am

For once, I felt sorry for Bill Clinton.

The great bailout

17 February 2010 12:00 am

Hank Paulson’s new book is called On the Brink, but it could well have been entitled Over the Edge.

Not ‘a boy-crazed trollop’

17 February 2010 12:00 am

For someone who barely left the house, Emily Dickinson didn’t half cause a lot of trouble.

Adventure with a difference

27 January 2010 12:00 am

Probably my opinion of this bold book is worthless.

What a difference a gay makes

20 January 2010 12:00 am

Edmund White is among the most admired of living authors, his oeuvre consisting of 20-odd books of various forms — novels, stories, essays and biographies — though each one is imbued with his preferred subject, homosexuality.

Just the bare bones

11 November 2009 12:00 am

It is impossible (as I prove in this sentence) to review Philip Roth without mentioning the surge of creativity that began when the author was around 60 and which now sees him publishing a novel every year (his next one, Nemesis, is already finished).

Engrossing obsessions

4 November 2009 12:00 am

With Blood’s a Rover James Ellroy finally finishes his ‘Underworld USA’ trilogy.

Karl Marx got it right

14 October 2009 12:00 am

Whether the refusal to allow the Confederate states the right to self-determination, flying as it did in the face of the Declaration of Independence, was the first overt act of American imperialism is a question that goes largely undiscussed.

Joking apart

16 September 2009 12:00 am

Free association underpins the comedy of Lorrie Moore’s writing — or perhaps the verb should be ‘unpins’, since her prose spins off in tangential, apparently affectless riffs.

Gut instincts

9 September 2009 12:00 am

Julie Powell wrote Julie and Julia, a book (and now a film) in which she described her attempts to cook a huge number of recipes by the cookery writer Julia Child.

Home is where the heart is

6 May 2009 12:00 am

Brooklyn, by Colm Tóibín

The actress and the orphan

22 April 2009 12:00 am

Ask Alice, by D. J. Taylor

Fame is still the spur

15 April 2009 12:00 am

God Bless America: Misadventures of a Big Mouth, by Piers Morgan

Lincoln’s legacy

7 April 2009 12:00 am

Team of Rivals, by Doris Kearns Goodwin

The man for the hour

25 March 2009 12:00 am

The Gamble: General Petraeus and the Untold Story of the American Surge in Iraq, 2006-2008, by Thomas E. Ricks

The end of the affair

25 March 2009 12:00 am

Americans in Paris, by Charles Glass

Arthur at Camelot

14 January 2009 12:00 am

Journals: 1952-2000, by Arthur Schlesinger, Jr, edited by Andrew Schlesinger and Stephen Schlesinger

Was the Abdication necessary?

7 January 2009 12:00 am

The Eagle & the Crown, by Frank Prochaska

Stars bright and dim

26 November 2008 12:00 am

State by State: A Panoramic Portrait of America, edited by Matt Weiland and Sean Wilsey