Kaku is not shy about quoting science-fiction movies and TV (he has seen them all). Despite going off the deep end musing about phenomena such as isolated consciousness spreading throughout the universe, he delivers ingenious predictions extrapolated from good research already in progress.
New Yorker staff writer Kolbert (Field Notes from a Catastrophe) accomplishes an amazing feat in her latest book, which superbly blends the depressing facts associated with rampant species extinctions and impending ecosystem collapse with stellar writing...
Though much of "Hatching Twitter" is hobbled by weak anecdotes and schlocky metaphors, the book is carried by Bilton's excruciating account of Dorsey's evolution.
Brad Stone, a technology journalist who first covered Amazon in 2000, has done a remarkable job in The Everything Store, in a way that Bezos would appreciate – by working very hard.
Does technology make us lazy, incapable of thinking smartly about solutions to cultural problems...In this optimistic, fast-paced tale about the advent of technology and its influence on humans, journalist Thompson addresses these and other questions.
...these concepts are so lost in a heap of digressions, interludes and fables...that the signal-to-noise ratio may prove to be too much for all but the most dedicated tech readers.
Despite its thoroughness and appetite for detail, there is one glaring omission from Schmidt's and Cohen's vision of the future: the phenomenon of corporate power.
Mr. Morozov's grumpy, curmudgeonly prose may not necessarily make him someone you would enthuse about as a dinner guest. But when the Internet speaks to us from its growing platforms, you definitely want him looking over your shoulder...
...even the most skeptical realist must concede Gore’s point that there have been “many examples” of an international consensus advancing human rights...
An annual bible of gaming goodness
Sadly, Kurzweil’s in-book autobiography, repeated mention of his company’s products and snipes at his detractors come off as blatant self-promotion. This book would have benefited from a strong edit...
But a book about politics is only about politics. Silver's aiming for something bigger here: He wants to change how we think about predictions in every aspect of our lives.
...Mr. Stross offers sufficient portraiture to give us a sense of the young entrepreneurs.
Patterson's prose sometimes has the overly breathless air of an airport thriller. But it is underpinned by an invaluable piece of timely journalism that should be read by regulators and anyone with a cent in the stock market.
The story of Anonymous and its offshoots is worth telling because of the fast and unpredictable ways they have grown.
What truly animates Mr. Blum, however, and what makes “Tubes” more than an unusual sort of travel book, is his sense of moral curiosity that tips over into moral outrage.
Occasionally insightful but tiresome and scattershot.
As fascinating as it is inspiring, this hilarious book is a tour de force that celebrates troublemakers, risk takers, and the American spirit.
In reading his book though, it would have been nice to have been trusted a little bit more, and "edited down to" just a little less.
A useful, nuts-and-bolts handbook for concerned parents.