Staff Pick

The story of Uber’s spectacular rise and its tumultuous struggles, told vividly in Super Pumped, is emblematic of the best and worst of Silicon Valley, and few observers are better informed to write this history than Mike Isaac, who covers the technology beat for the New York Times. Isaac’s depiction of Uber’s rapid development from tech world upstart to destroyer of the taxi industry and ubiquitous example of the gig economy is essentially the story of Uber’s deeply flawed founder, Travis Kalanick, a man of great energy, urgency, and ambition. It’s a cautionary tale of hubris and excess, marked by brazen business practices, a misogynistic “bro” culture, greed, and a string of scandals.


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ISBN: 9780393652246
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 3rd, 2019

Staff Pick

Ruth Marcus calls her account of Brett Kavanaugh’s ascension to the Supreme Court a book she’s been preparing to write her entire career, and indeed she brings to Supreme Ambition a wealth of knowledge and experience gathered reporting and commenting on government over the past 35 years for the Washington Post. The book is revealing, insightful, and evenhanded, and its fast pace and lucid prose make for a compelling read. Beyond just filling in details about Kavanaugh’s nomination, Marcus places it in the larger context of a calculated, three-decades-long conservative effort to cement control over the high court. That mission merged last year with Kavanaugh’s own lifelong ambition to secure a spot on the court.


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ISBN: 9781982123864
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Published: Simon & Schuster - December 3rd, 2019

Staff Pick

As he did in his trilogy about the Allied triumph in Europe during World War II, Rick Atkinson brings extensive research, keen attention to detail, and narrative elegance to the telling of yet another grand conflict—this time, the American Revolution. The British are Coming is the first of three volumes that Atkinson intends to write about the war for America, and it’s another magnificent history, vividly and commandingly narrated, weaving together the perspectives of many characters high and low along with meaningful assessments of the action. Although much has been written about the American Revolution, no one had done a start-to-finish battle history for some time, and the actual experience of the war hadn’t been made real to readers for many, many years—until now. 

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ISBN: 9781627790437
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - May 14th, 2019