These new mental frontiers make for captivating reading, yet Kaku’s optimism and enthusiasm provides cover for what are mostly overhyped claims.
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...
Tesson’s engaging book, winner of the Prix Médicis for nonfiction and skillfully translated by Linda Coverdale, is “the journal of a hermit’s life,” one in which Tesson candidly records his rich experiences and reveals his equally illuminating self-discoveries.
Illuminating book that challenges the notion that in sport, practice matters more than innate talent.
In a honeyed dialect, the omnipresent narrator directly engages readers, ricocheting between the hilarious human and critter dramas to a riotous finale.
We really do need to be informed, and this is the place to start.
...if accounting for natural capital ever does become conventional corporate wisdom, Tercek has a point; and in the meantime, his arguments are very much worth reading.
“Beautiful Boy” was a page turner, a dark fable that spoke to worried parents everywhere. “Clean” is a reference work and a manifesto, an annotated map of the same frightening territory where dragons still lurk at the edges.
One wishes that the author's willingness to confront complexity and avoid simple answers had informed more of this disappointingly uneven book.
The characters of Evelyn Waugh are a lesson in the other end of anthropology. Here are the natives of a highly articulated culture that has no myths, only rituals.
Brain on Fire comes from a place of intense pain and unthinkable isolation, but finds redemption in Cahalan's unflagging, defiant toughness. It's an unexpected gift of a book from one of America's most courageous young journalists.
Kurzweil compares his theory with the physical structure of the brain, hurling a huge amount of neuroanatomy at the reader, and asserting, without a lot of reflection, that it all fits his theory.
Klassen combines spare text and art to deliver no small measure of laughs in another darkly comic haberdashery whodunit.
Mr. Quammen is clearly obsessed, but his book might have been better if he had told more of the story through a smaller number of compelling scientist-characters.
The author is justly celebrated as an adventurous, audacious and influential journalist, but his historical grasp is shallow and naïve.
....it's difficult to go along with Wolf's central contention, which is that women can only harness their creativity when in a fulfilled sexual relationship...
In an impressive narrative, the author renders esoteric DNA concepts accessible to lay readers.
Engaging, useful account of the similarities between humans and other animals.
Page after page of prose describes the Chinese party-state as operating from the purest of economic motives, exculpates China from charges of neocolonialism and pooh-poohs the possibility that China might be tempted to military action in defense of its interests.
...this history of ideas about life and death underscores the eternal verities: We know everything. We know nothing. We learn. We forget. In this game of life, we go on to roll the dice once more.