Too many enticing books

A round-up from the reviews this weekend, of books that appeal.

I have a review copy of Will Hutton’s How Good Can We Be? It came with firm instructions not to break the 12 Feb embargo, but it was reviewed in the FT this weekend, so I’ll read & review it soon. Also in the FT were reviews of the fabulous-sounding Stuff and Money in the Time of the French Revolution by Rebecca Spang and also Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America by Jill Leovy.

How Good We Can Be: Ending the Mercenary Society and Building a Great Country  Stuff and Money in the Time of the French Revolution  Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America

On which subject, the new (to the UK) book by Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy, sounds from the profile of Stevenson in The Observer to be essential. There is an extract here. My eyes were first opened to this issue by a long Adam Gopnik essay in the New Yorker in 2012. But even that clear-eyed view underplays the racism of the American police and ‘justice’ system.

Just Mercy: a story of justice and redemption

There have been a few reviews now – including this by John Naughton – of Andrew Keen’s The Internet Is Not the Answer, and I mustn’t let reading those be an excuse for not reading the book.

The Internet is Not the Answer

I’ve just ordered for my wannabe graphic artist son The Sculptor by Scott McCloud.

The Sculptor


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