I was curious about Alex Ross's latest offering, "Listen to This"? And wondered what others thought about it. I'm familiar with his New Yorker articles, which I assume his book is just a compilation of, though I understood there was some new stuff added.
Also, wondered if his prior, "The Rest Is Noise" was worth dipping into. It got so many rave reviews, but I was kind of hesitant about delving into another "let me tell you the entire history of music" book. I don't like those books. Unless it's really fun.
For my money, the best writer of CM was Harold C. Schonberg. Very smart with sharp humor; loved his writing style; it just flowed. He wrote a pretty awesome book on chess too: "Grandmasters of Chess."