Dirda seems quite charmed by Carroll’s wide-ranging tome that encompasses molecular biology, Albert Camus, military history, Jacques Monod, and more. Essentially, it’s about Monod, a biologist, and Camus, and how “the Resistance to the German occupation [in France] formed and tested their characters.” Dirda calls it “riveting.”
Halperin and Heileman have gotten some flak recently for the way they use “emotional terrorism” (surely that’s not an exagerration) to elicit information from sources. The New Republic recently published this extensive piece (from which the “emotional terrorism” quotes comes) about their questionable methods, and it’s well worth reading. Kinsley takes a different tack, mocking the authors gleefully for their bombastic prose and white-knuckle attempts to squeeze drama out of a less dramatic election than 2008, when they made their name. All in all, it certainly doesn’t make you want to buy the book, but since those dollars would support emotional terrorism, maybe that’s for the best.
An excellent review of the Booker prize-winning novel, and its sure-handed, though possible overambitious young author. I’m something like 6 hours into the 32-hour audiobook edition, I’ll report back if and when I ever finish. I can tell you this: I, too, wish for “more warmth.”