These new mental frontiers make for captivating reading, yet Kaku’s optimism and enthusiasm provides cover for what are mostly overhyped claims.
And in The Sixth Extinction, Elizabeth Kolbert, a staff writer for the New Yorker, offers well-composed snapshots of history, theory and observation that will fascinate, enlighten and appal many readers.
Rich in poetry, charged with intensity, Consolations is magnificent, pretentious, thoroughly French, a hermit’s vodka-tossed paean to retreat and solitude.
The narrative follows Mr. Epstein’s search for the roots of elite sport performance as he encounters characters and stories so engrossing that readers may not realize they’re receiving an advanced course in genetics, physiology and sports medicine.
Librarians often say that every book is not for every child, but “The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp” is.
Most compellingly, he argues that increased biological research and experimentation might herald a shift that would rival the Industrial Revolution in terms of social change. There’s much to savor here—even in the footnotes.
According to this savvy book, both environmentalists and business executives need to understand “how nature contributes to economic and ecological well-being.”
“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.
In the dense, challenging and smart "The World Until Yesterday," Diamond...says that to give traditional societies a pass while criticizing our own is to do disservice to both worlds.
It is an uncomfortable book: not only is it the most faithfully autobiographical of Waugh's novels, it is about Waugh's own period of madness...strange and difficult genius.
Here, Brain on Fire has the potential to change untold lives. For that reason alone, it’s a much-needed achievement.
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...
Tough times call for tough picture books.
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.
...inevitably, sadly defanged from its real raging, sweet power. And with her graceless writing, Wolf opens herself to ridicule on virtually every page...
In an impressive narrative, the author renders esoteric DNA concepts accessible to lay readers.
...by the pleasures provided by this pacy, readable and entertaining manifesto for a zoobiquitous approach to health and wellbeing, to be welcomed by vets and other human animals.
A study of China's impact on the world economy neglects the country's domestic failings.
A superb examination of the never-ending effort to enhance life, as well as the commensurate refusal to ever let it go.