Book Reviews

Robben Island Days

A South African leader’s jailhouse correspondence during apartheid

Douglas Foster

The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela · edited by Sahm Venter

Monstrous Achievement

Two hundred years on, a writer’s cautionary tale still captivates

Valerie Martin

In Search of Mary Shelley: The Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein · by Fiona Sampson

A Life’s Work Gone to Seed

The lost cultivations of an often overlooked colonial scientist

Verlyn Klinkenborg

American Eden · by Victoria Johnson

Everything Was Radiant

A Soviet reactor’s meltdown and its far-reaching consequences

Kristen Iversen

Chernobyl: The History of a Nuclear Catastrophe · by Serhii Plokhy

“I Figured What the Hell”

A pugnacious reporter looks back on his legendary career

Graeme Wood

Reporter: A Memoir · by Seymour Hersh

Split Decisions

A renowned neuroscientist examines human experience

Richard Restak

The Consciousness Instinct · by Michael S. Gazzaniga

Idle Hands Are the Dreamer's Tools

Why lolling about is a worthwhile pursuit

Charlotte Salley

Shadow Warriors

After 9/11, what happened when the gloves came off?

Karen J. Greenberg

Directorate S · by Steve Coll

Where the Sun Never Set

A new, multilayered history of the British Empire

Paul Kennedy

Victorious Century: The United Kingdom, 1800–1906 · by David Cannadine

Literary Life on the Rocks

A writer's own ordeal highlights the banal sameness of addiction

Domenica Ruta

The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath · by Leslie Jamison

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