Strong ‘rags to riches’ story, very funny at times, but above all a cultural critique of white, working-class America. The author, J.D. Vance, a hillbilly himself, describes their increasingly marginalized social...

Zelden hebben ik een intensere leeservaring gehad. Ik las staand, liggend, ‘s nachts en overdag. Wat ik las was uiterst wreed, pijnlijk en emotioneel. Maar uiteindelijk vooral erg mooi. Een Klein Leven is een uitzonderlijk verhaal over liefde en...

    Grenzen zijn filters, geen muren. Het lijkt slechts semantiek, maar in deze constatering ligt naar mijn mening een goed startpunt voor een oplossing voor het ingewikkelde debat over vluchteling...

“Survivre vous rend insuportables les larmes des autres. On pourrait s’y noyer.” Marceline Loridan-Ivens heeft Auschwitz overleefd. En schrijft nu een lange, zeer aangrijpende, brief aan haar vader met wie ze samen...

Beautiful, often emotional, stories describing the fascinating and cruel history of the Baltic countries Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, wedged between Europe and Russia. Brokken makes us witnesses of the lives of both normal and...

One of the most intriguing notions Houellebecq puts forward in his latest novel is not that the populist right is a stable force in the political landscape, nor that in 2022...

Sublime historical thriller about the murder of ‘the blonde Nazi Beast’ Reinhard Heydrich,  or, as Hitler liked to call him, ‘The man with the Iron Heart’. Remembered me of Slaugtherhouse 5,...

With great wit Lanchester describes what went wrong during the prelude to the financial crisis and who is to blame (answer: the risk takers, i.e.bankers, but also you and me). In...

Hands down the best political biography I’ve read. The book gives great insights in the man and the President Lyndon Baines Johnson was, telling the story of a turbulent era in...

Ian Bremmer is the new star of international relations, his book is clever, easy to read and has a clear concept. We  live in a wold where no G-20, G-3, G-8 has...

Stunning, delightful book. Loved every page of it. It’s exciting to read and the sheer injustice inflicted upon Dreyfuss made me mad – 120 years after the whole episode started!

A shock. Has all the ingredients to be an awful boy-goes-time-traveling-ferrytale , but it is nothing short of a fantastic book. Having read quite some war novels, this one took me...

It’s subtitle reads The Origins of Power, Prosperity an Poverty. And that’s exactly what I took from the book. Help is needless if a society doesn’t have working institutions, rule of...

An instant hit at its reissue – and rightly so. It’ the perfect depiction of buffalo’s on the prairies of 19th century America – it made me, more than ever, wanted...

Brilliant. If I had to choose one book to take with me to a deserted island, this is the one. It’s insightful, erudite, innovative (at least to me). It took me...

An eye-opener on how systems should work to be able to confront the future (not robust, but anti-fragile), from a man I regard as a kind of a hero. Completely independent,...

Absolutely delightful book. This is how one should live – technology, science and human creativity will solve our problems. I am a convert, cynicism is the easy choice, to be a rational optimist is the...

Watching the series Tour of Duty as a kid gave me the feeling to ‘see and feel’ the Vietnam War. This novel does an even better job. The battle for Matterhorn,...

The book’s protagonist wants to recreate his memories, in the sense of actually rebuilding them,  and spends all his money and time on it. As it gets more and more real,...

Wonderful little book that eclipses all management books in explaining that the power of imagination and inspiration can take us anywhere. Zander’s speeches are a delight, using his passion for music...

Probably the best book ever on the excitement and sheer craziness of extreme mountaineering.

Hilarious account of Congressman Charlie Wilson, who together with CIA operative Gus Avraktos, creates an ever expanding program to support the Afghan Mujahideen – back in the days when the Soviets...

Devastating account of the atrocities in Idi Amin’s Uganda – through the eyes of a man who loses everything. Beautiful and painful at the same time.

Samen met Mickey Huibregtsen stelde ik deze essaybundel samen. In dit boek laten  we verschillende mensen, uit diverse sectoren, aan het woord over hun visie op maatschappelijke verandering. Na de lancering...

As millions of others, I call myself a Murakami fan. This books was my introduction to his world, one I will never forget.

McEwan’s best.

Old marine officer Menzies tells in this page-turner how the Chinese Empire collapsed in 1421 at its highpoint: at a time when it ruled the oceans, had established posts as far...

The best book I’ve read from one of the best Dutch contemporary authors.

In Coetzee’s post-Apartheid South-Africa violence is unleashed in new ways.

Read it for the first time as a relatively young boy and was easily pulled into the adventures of Marlow and Kurtz. Re-reading years later gave me a better understanding of...