New York Daily News
By Sherryl Connelly
Dec 20, 2011
This week, at a rate of two a day, we’ll be rolling out the list of the best books of 2011 that will appear in Sunday’s Your New York section of the Daily News.
“The Beauty and the Sorrow: An Intimate History of the First World War” by Peter Englund One of the most moving nonfiction narratives about “the war to end war” is “Silent Night: The Story of the World War I Christmas Truce” by Stanley Weintraub. This is a much bigger book, incorporating the personal stories of twenty people from England and across the Continent as well as Australia and the United States, yet it has the same involving immediacy. The population of voices is drawn from starkly different perspectives from a German schoolgirl to an American field surgeon.
“Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World” by Michael Lewis A travelogue, if you will, through the world’s ruined economies that is both hugely entertaining as well as immensely depressing. An Icelandic fisherman walks off the boat to become a currency trader while Greek monks play fast with state land in an overheated real estate market contributing significantly to that country’s crisis. The author of “Moneyball” follows the cheap credit as it floods the globe and fools rush in.