In Today’s Reviews, 1/13

You rarely hear these words about a book on foreign policy, “dazzling and mordantly hilarious,” but that is how the New York Times describes David Sanger’s The Inheritance: The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power.

Sanger is the chief Washington correspondent for the NYT. His piece Obama’s Worst Pakistan Nightmare appeared in the New York Times Magazine on Sunday and is being cited by several news sources and Web sites.

The book has risen on Amazon to #84 (from 223). Most large libraries do not show it on their catalog. The few that have it on order are showing significant holds.


The Inheritance: The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power
Sanger, David  

  • Hardcover: $29.95; 528 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony (January 13, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 0307407926
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307407924

USA Today reviews A Journal for Jordan, which just hit the NYT Nonfiction Extended list at #34. Jordan’s dad was killed in Iraq and left a journal for his son. Jordan’s mother, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist at the NYT, used the  journal as a basis for the book, which USA Today calls a “brutally honest account the gives her son an even richer portrait of a man who died when Jordan was only 7 months old.” 

Libraries show modest ordering, with some holds building.


A Journal for Jordan: A Story of Love and Honor
Canedy, Dana

  • Hardcover: $25.95; 288 pages
  • Publisher: Crown; (December 30, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0307395790
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307395795
  • Large Print: Thorndike
  • ISBN-10: 1410412210
  • ISBN-13: 978-1410412218

The Wall Street Journal, reviews a university press book on the Civil War that is not showing on public library catalogs. The authors examined why some soldiers stayed in the Union army, while others, some 10%, deserted. The WSJ says the book “is interesting to read but hard to label.”


Heroes and Cowards: The Social Face of War 
Costa, Dora L. &  Kahn, Matthew E.

  • Hardcover: $27.95; 336 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (December 28, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0691137048
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691137049

An article in the Health section of the NYT,  Book Is Rallying Resistance to the Antivaccine Crusade, is about  Autism’s False Prophets, by the chief of infectious diseases at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Paul Offit.

It is not on the catalogs of most large libraries. Those that do own it are showing reserves, some significant.


Autism’s False Prophets: Bad Science, Risky Medicine, and the Search for a Cure

Offit, Paul 

  • Hardcover: $24.95; 328 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press, (September 5, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0231146361
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231146364

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