Christopher Bray

For Christopher Bray's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

One exhilarating summer brought to fact-filled life

Oct 12, 2013

One exhilarating summer brought to fact-filled life

It had to happen. After books about individual decades came books about individual years. Now we get the book about a single season. Bill Bryson’s “One Summer” is the story of just four months — June to September 1927 — in the life of ...

Mar 10, 2013

A survey of 20th-century thinking

THINKING THE TWENTIETH CENTURY, by Tony Judt with Timothy Snyder. Penguin, 2013, 432 pp. $18 (paperback) Fame came too late for Tony Judt. He was 57 in 2005 when he published his history of Europe after 1945, “Postwar,” the book that sealed his reputation ...