Health & Medicine Book Reviews (page 7)

More Chocolate, No Cavities by Roger W. Lucas
Released: March 30, 2016

"Passionate, helpful primer about maintaining children's dental health from a parent and expert."
A pediatric dentist outlines his snacking plan to prevent cavities in this debut consumer health guide. Read full book review >
GIRLS AND SEX by Peggy Orenstein
Released: March 29, 2016

"Ample, valuable information on the way young women in America perceive and react to their sexual environment."
An examination of the newest trends in the sex lives of young women in America. Read full book review >

Released: March 28, 2016

"An intensely, deeply argued recasting of what it means to be healthy that may pose difficulties for patients but provides solid evidence for effective prevention strategies.
An ambitious book presents a revolutionary approach to fitness, diet, and exercise. Read full book review >
SWITCHED ON by John Elder Robison
Released: March 22, 2016

"A fascinating companion to the previous memoirs by this masterful storyteller."
The bestselling author shares his experience as a participant in a cutting-edge study of the effects of transcranial magnetic stimulation on the brains of people on the autism spectrum. Read full book review >
Released: March 22, 2016

"A comparative criminological approach to genocide, bloodless in pursuit of scientific inquiry and most appropriate for students and specialists."
A criminologist attempts to understand genocide and its etiology. Read full book review >

Released: March 22, 2016

"A revealing and stirring directive aiming to heal medicine from the inside out."
A career physician ponders the positive and negative aspects of how health care reform is transforming the delivery of care and the medical profession itself. Read full book review >
Survival: A Medical Memoir by Lorne J. Brandes
Released: March 18, 2016

"A personal, lively, and scientifically rigorous account of cancer-treatment research."
Brandes offers an absorbing, exhaustive true story about the obstacles researchers faced while ushering a new cancer drug through development and testing. Read full book review >
Released: March 15, 2016

"A hard-hitting look at the perils of carbohydrates and obesity."
A series of articles, this debut book delivers an account of the dangers of carbohydrate consumption—especially for average eaters who rely on grains and sugars to supply the bulk of their daily diets. Read full book review >
THE FEVER OF 1721 by Stephen Coss
Released: March 8, 2016

"A solid first book in which impressive documentation undergirds an ambitious assertion."
In his debut, Wisconsin-based historian Coss examines the Colonial smallpox epidemic and how it influenced the forging of American identity and politics. Read full book review >
A BODY, UNDONE by Christina Crosby
Released: March 8, 2016

"A potent memoir that rips open a most human heart."
One moment, she is on her bicycle; the next, she is on the ground, her life forever transformed by an accident that leaves her a quadriplegic. Read full book review >
I Just Want Out by Jodi Schuelke
Released: March 7, 2016

"An insightful, empathetic strategy for separation."
Life coach Schuelke shares lessons that she learned from planning her exit from an emotionally abusive marriage in this debut how-to guide. Read full book review >
Released: March 5, 2016

"A challenging yet inspiring regimen to get and stay healthy in midlife and beyond."
A 50-something fitness expert details her kick-start diet and exercise plan especially designed for aging women in this debut guide. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
H.W. Brands
October 11, 2016

As noted historian H.W. Brands reveals in his new book The General vs. the President: MacArthur and Truman at the Brink of Nuclear War, at the height of the Korean War, President Harry S. Truman committed a gaffe that sent shock waves around the world. When asked by a reporter about the possible use of atomic weapons in response to China's entry into the war, Truman replied testily, "The military commander in the field will have charge of the use of the weapons, as he always has." This suggested that General Douglas MacArthur, the willful, fearless, and highly decorated commander of the American and U.N. forces, had his finger on the nuclear trigger. A correction quickly followed, but the damage was done; two visions for America's path forward were clearly in opposition, and one man would have to make way. Truman was one of the most unpopular presidents in American history. General MacArthur, by contrast, was incredibly popular, as untouchable as any officer has ever been in America. The contest of wills between these two titanic characters unfolds against the turbulent backdrop of a faraway war and terrors conjured at home by Joseph McCarthy. “An exciting, well-written comparison study of two American leaders at loggerheads during the Korean War crisis,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >