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...
Stossel’s personal stories are absorbing...His discovery that his young daughter has a phobia of vomiting, despite not knowing of her father’s identical fear, is both eye-opening and heartbreaking...My Age of Anxiety is a compelling mix of research, personal journalism and insights.
...what makes Happy City such an instructive book is that it first describes the pathologies distressing big cities, globally, and then outlines the solutions that can offer a cure.
An unconventional history of ballooning, this quirky, endearing, and enticing collection melds the spirit of discovery with chemistry, physics, engineering, and the imagination.
The book is filled with surprising facts about the drink.
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.
He’s not a self-help author, nor a clairvoyant. He’s a journalist, presenting counterintuitive, empirically grounded ideas through masterfully told stories, aspiring to shed light on the ultimately unanswerable question: Why is the world not always as it seems?
The story’s most significant sections help us grasp how the settlers have driven the nation’s agenda for the past four decades. This has been partly the result of sheer grit by people who shunned personal comfort in the name of playing a role in Jewish history.
...while he whets readers’ appetites, he rarely sates them...he clears the table to make room for a promised second course. Hopefully that one will be more satisfying.
At just over 600 pages, Command and Control approaches cinder-block status, but there is very little in it I would’ve wanted trimmed — I read the entire thing over two days, while happily ignoring the beautiful fall weather outside. Schlosser never lets himself get lost in jargon...
These are not the even-tempered literary cadences of her Pulitzer Prize-winning article about the crisis at Memorial that appeared in The New York Times Magazine in 2009, on which this book is based...What we have here is masterly reporting and the glow of fine writing.
With candidness and reverence, Butler examines one of the most challenging questions a child may face...Honest and compassionate thoughts on helping the elderly through the process of dying.
Though the book lacks the killer anecdotal "stickiness" of a Malcolm Gladwell or a Kahneman, Scarcity does give scientific rigour to our instinctive understanding of the effect of privation (and austerity) on the brain...
It seems like the two goals of StrengthsFinder 2.0 are to (1) collect data and (2) sell research. The author works for Gallup, so I guess I should have seen that coming.
Higashida wants readers to feel his discomfort, and he manages it surprisingly well for a 13-year-old.
No triumphs of modern psychiatry on display here, but rather a sympathetic portrait of seriously ill patients...
Hollis gives a few details about this "no-man's land of the city," but he never does get down in it, preferring to observe from above. This becomes increasingly problematic as "Cities Are Good for You" progresses...
This book is highly recommended for the historic value of the information; it is clear, concise, and well argued.
Studwell’s thesis is bold, his arguments persuasive, and his style pugnacious. It adds up to a highly readable and important book...