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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.
There are moments that, to me, seem to not just require but demand some jumping and finger-pointing — for an educated, embedded voice to step back a moment from the wash of blood and guts and semen and say, simply, that this, then, is too much.
It’s hard to compose facts and figures into a volume that reads as easily as a novel, loaded with derring-do and emotion. Mr. Holmes has succeeded at that challenge, profiling an important but underexamined aspect of human history that is uplifting in all its forms.
A richly readable and authoritative addition to the literature of wine.
Stone's vivid profiles and lucid analyses of business dynamics make for an entertaining, insightful, behind-the-scenes account of the e-commerce revolution.
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.
Although its subtitle promises to reveal “The making of a scientist,” the book delivers nothing close...The book is doubly disappointing given the high regard many readers have for the depth of his intellect.
This book is required reading for anyone interested in, working in, or enjoying the culture of the Internet—as well as for those who believe that the Internet is a waste of time for conducting business...Smarter Than You Think is a superb book.
Mr. Gollner is a good sport and a fine wordsmith. Part Mary Roach, part Joe Strummer of the Clash, he injects punk energy and invention into the genre of quirky scientific nonfiction. Long may he write.
Readers may feel overwhelmed at Epstein’s avalanche of genetic and physiological studies, but few will put down this deliciously contrarian exploration of great athletic feats.
Even if his predictions prove to be off, Rutherford delivers a timely and important dispatch from the field tilled by James Watson and Francis Crick...
With humor and precision, Livio reminds us: "Even the most impressive minds are not flawless; they merely pave the way for the next level of understanding."
A top-notch biography of Oppenheimer to sit alongside Kai Bird and Martin Sherwin’s American Prometheus...
...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.
In addition, we find the wistful, nostalgic tone—a Bradbury trademark—and his preoccupation with children and the most child-like of technologies: namely spaceships, human-like robots...
...on the whole he makes a good case that certain genetic, neurological and physiological factors do predict violent behavior. Some of these findings might be obvious.
Anyone who...has been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis...will be as startled as I was to read these pages. Pollan's prophetic track record makes it possible that you will be hearing a lot more about this soon.
This book is a balefully seminal work in which neither author has the language to see, much less to express, the titanic centralizing evil they are constructing....Zealots of the cult of consumer technology will find little to inspire them here, not that they ever seem to need it.
Putting aside the sensational ideas proposed in “Time Reborn,” it is a triumph of modern physics that we are even asking such questions as what determined the initial conditions of the universe.