Sunday, August 4, 2013

July Books

Young Titan: The Making of Winston Churchill by Michael Shelden covers the World War II prime minister's early career  (1901-1936) with emphasis on his contributions to building a modern navy, his experimentation with radical social reforms, and his lesser-known romantic pursuits. The research is solid and the writing is accomplished, but this was not my favorite book about Churchill.
Six Days by Harland Corbin takes place six years after Professor Jake Fisher watches Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man. When Sanders learns of his rival's death and attends the funeral, he discovers that Natalie is not the woman he remembers and feels compels to search for answers.  The book is a well-honed, professional formula with almost too m any coincidences involving his alma mater and current employer.

Evening at Five by Gail Goodwin, a three-time National Book Award nominee and bestselling author of eleven critically acclaimed novels was described as “a literary jewel, a bittersweet novella of absence and presence and the mysterious gap between them.” Seven months after the unexpected death of her husband, Rudy, Christina reflects on almost thirty years of life together, the bond between them, and her grief, from the perspective of their long-time ritual of getting together every evening at five o'clock to share drinks and their mutual love of language and music.

A Delicate Truth by John Le Carr√© is vintage British spy craft.  A counter-terrorist operation, codenamed Wildlife, is mounted on Gibraltar to capture and abduct a high-value jihadist arms buyer.  The operation is so secret that even the Minister’s personal private secretary, Toby Bell, is not cleared for it. Three years later, a disgraced Special Forces Soldier posthumously forces Toby to ask if Wildlife was as success as reported or a human tragedy that was ruthlessly covered up?

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