One of mine, too. Nicely done mini-review of just one sentence of Cormac McCarthy.
Archie Brown, emeritus professor at Oxford, has put out a lively and informative book that traces the communist movement from its intellectual origins in the Renaissance through the present day. If you were politically aware of the world in the late ’80s, you’ll remember it as a time of incredible sweeping change around the world. […]
In “A Most Wanted Man” the action, such as it is, is almost an afterthought. What’s really going on is the intra- and inter-agency squabbles, the political considerations of distant governments, the histories — to the extent one can really be sure — of the characters. All of that goes into the fleshing out of the scheme; its denouement is simply where you are shocked to find out what went wrong.