Books by Michael Shermer

Michael Shermer is one of the best-known public intellectuals defending evolutionary theory today. The author of eight previous books, he is a columnist for Scientific American, the publisher of Skeptic magazine, and the founder of the international Skept

Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Not a polemic but an ingenious popular-science account of how we deal with mortality."
An exploration of "one of the most profound questions of the human condition, one that has driven theologians, philosophers, scientists, and all thinking people to try to understand the meaning and purpose of our life as mortal beings and discover how we can transcend our mortality." Read full book review >
SKEPTIC by Michael Shermer
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"Dense with facts, convincing arguments, and curious statistics, this is an ingenious collection of light entertainment for readers who believe that explaining stuff is a good idea."
A collection of 75 of the Scientific American columns by author and gadfly Shermer (The Moral Arc: How Science and Reason Lead Humanity Toward Truth, Justice, and Freedom, 2015, etc.).Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 20, 2014

"A well-documented but perhaps overly optimistic view of a future likely to be challenged by both environmentalists and religious fundamentalists."
Skeptic magazine founding publisher Shermer (The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies—How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths, 2011, etc.) reviews the last 400 years of human history to substantiate his claim that it is science and reason, not religion, that reveal a path to "the betterment of humanity in a civilized state."Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 2011

"A timely, reasoned reflection on the nature of belief, offering a level-headed corrective to the divisiveness of extreme partisanship."
Skeptic magazine founding publisher Shermer (The Mind of the Market: Compassionate Apes, Competitive Humans, and Other Tales from Evolutionary Economics, 2007, etc.) writes entertainingly about the scientific basis of belief. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 2, 2008

"An informative, inventive, broad-spectrum analysis of what makes modern man tick, starting with his wallet."
Shermer (Why Darwin Matters: The Case Against Intelligent Design, 2006, etc.) applies his knowledge of evolutionary science to the volatile topic of modern economics. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 8, 2006

"A valuable, clearly presented tool in a key modern controversy."
A leading skeptic takes on the religious right. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 5, 2005

"Full of light, but short on fire."
A wide-ranging if tepid collection of 14 essays by the publisher of Skeptic magazine. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 2, 2004

"Thought-provoking and well-honed examination of deep questions."
Imagine there's no Heaven (as John Lennon suggested): what, then, is the foundation for morality? Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"A useful companion to Wallace's—and Darwin's—own writings, and a fine contribution to the history of science."
A scholarly appraisal of the curious life and work of the naturalist who, some insist, was the true father of the theory of evolution. Read full book review >