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10 best books of October: the Monitor's picks

The joy of the fall reading season goes on. Here, according to the Monitor's book critics, are 10 of the best of the new releases.

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1. 'Kissinger 1923-1968: The Idealist,' by Niall Ferguson

There's not a dull page in what aims to be the definitive biography of the most revered and reviled statesman in modern times. It's a vibrant, sure-to-be-controversial history not just of Henry Kissinger – adviser to presidents – but of his times. You can read the Monitor's full review of "Kissinger: The Idealist" here.


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