What We Are Reading Today: Unbecoming

Updated 22 April 2019
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What We Are Reading Today: Unbecoming

Author: Anuradha Bhagwati

Unbecoming is a raw, unflinching memoir by a former US Marine captain chronicling her journey from dutiful daughter of immigrants to radical activist effecting historic policy reform.
Anuradha Bhagwati’s memoir offers a distinctive lens on the Marines.
The daughter of two well-known Indian economists, she graduated from Yale and dropped out of graduate school at Columbia, where her parents taught.
“A tale of heroic resilience grappling with the timely question of what, exactly, America stands for, Unbecoming is about one woman who learned to believe in herself in spite of everything. It is the kind of story that will light a fire beneath you, and inspire the next generation of indomitable female heroes,” said a review published in goodreads.com.
In the Marine Corps, Bhagwati held posts in Okinawa, Thailand and Camp Lejeune, and excelled as a marksman and runner.
V.V. Ganeshananthan says in a review published in The New York Times: “The book is at its most powerful when she writes about who she became in response to the violence the military trained her to commit.”


What We Are Reading Today: The British are Coming by Rick Atkinson

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What We Are Reading Today: The British are Coming by Rick Atkinson

  • The British Are Coming “is a tale of heroes and knaves, of sacrifice and blunder, of redemption and profound suffering”

Rick Atkinson’s flair for the colorful detail of a country at war is demonstrated again in The British are Coming.

“This is a remarkable history of the first two years of the American Revolution. The research is deep and the topics covered are broad,” said a review published in goodreads.com.

The narrative “is told in chronological order making it easy to follow the events as they unfolded and making the connections between various dimensions clear to see. One gets a clear understanding of the context that underlies the action taken by both sides in the early years of the conflict,” it added.

Atkinson’ prose “is outstanding and makes the read pleasurable. It should be known by prospective readers that this is not just a military history; it is very much as well a fascinating political and cultural look at the times,” the review added. 

It said The British Are Coming “is a tale of heroes and knaves, of sacrifice and blunder, of redemption and profound suffering.”

Atkinson is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and historian who worked for 25 years as a correspondent and editor for The Washington Post.