Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 200)

Released: Oct. 21, 1994

"Notes Toward an Understanding,'' for every theory is conjecture, but there are also many fine nuggets to be mined. (Photos, not seen) (First serial to Discover)"
Ape-language specialist Savage-Rumbaugh and science writer Lewin (co-author of Origins with Richard Leakey, 1977) run the superchimp Kanzi past us once again with this latest in the current deluge of books on animal brain power. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 3, 1994

"A thought-provoking and timely exposÇ."
A carefully researched account of the antienvironmentalist ``Wise Use'' Movement, which has launched a ``holy war against the new pagans who worship trees and sacrifice people.'' Helvarg, an investigative reporter and documentary filmmaker, went behind the front lines to interview the movement's leaders, its grassroots supporters, industry and New Right backers, as well as the victims of the rising tide of antigreen violence. Read full book review >

INTO AFRICA by Craig Packer
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"For both the general science reader and the armchair traveler, an informative and exciting safari. (13 color photos and 4 maps, not seen)"
Everything you wanted to know about the social behavior of lions, primates, naked mole rats, and more, in this engrossing East African saga by a noted field biologist. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"They remain wondrously different."
A book that describes what kangaroos do and offers unusually beautiful pictures of them doing it. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"As a place, Dunwoody Pond may have lit the passions of an undergraduate clutch; as a book, it is a pompous embarrassment of sputters and fizzles."
Tales from a high-plains pothole by Janovy (Vermilion Sea, 1991, etc.), a man much smitten with the sound of his brain ticking. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"No amount of cinematic magic can surpass the wonder induced by a personal encounter with the remains of these giants who once stalked the earth."
In the prehistoric days before Jurassic Park and Barney, the focus of dinosaur-mania for anyone growing up in New York City was the American Museum of Natural History, where the looming skeleton of Tyrannosaurus rex inspired awe in generations of children. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"This is a good book, but it also reminds the reader that a certain kind of self-importance blunts an otherwise receptive mind, and that travelogues and journalism require different sensibilities that are hard to sew together. (Author tour)"
A veteran foreign correspondent undertakes here what she calls a ``consummately unfashionable'' journey through what used to be called Soviet Central Asia. Read full book review >
IMPERIUM by Ryszard Kapuscinski
Released: Sept. 21, 1994

"Sensitive and searching. (First serial to the New Yorker)"
A Polish journalist (The Soccer War, 1991, etc.) who has written extensively on the Third World turns a discriminating eye on the Soviet Union and post-Soviet Russia, showing once again that Russia is ``a country utterly without precedent.'' The book is based partly on his boyhood experiences of the Soviet invasion of Poland in 1939, partly on his travels (particularly in the period of decline and disintegration, 198991), and partly on his reflections. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 16, 1994

"Unusually rewarding for readers who want to see beyond the familiar and the comfortable."
Blending paleontology and environmentalism, MacLeish (The Gulf Stream, 1988) explores the nature of America as it was before Europeans arrived. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 12, 1994

"Short, but oh, so sweet. (Color illustrations, not seen) (First printing of 850,000; Literary Guild selection; $500,000 ad/promo)"
A delightful litter of cat stories from the master storyteller of North Yorkshire. Read full book review >
THE HOT ZONE by Richard Preston
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Portions of this biomedical thriller appeared in the New Yorker in somewhat different form; it will be made into a movie starring Robert Redford and directed by Ridley Scott (Alien). (Author tour)"
A bone-chilling account of a close encounter with a lethal virus, by New Yorker writer Preston (American Steel, 1991). Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 31, 1994

"Kaufman comes across as a blend of science fetishist, free- market wonk, and immense sour grape—his good points sadly lost in the blather."
In classic jilted-lover style, former environmental activist Kaufman (The Beaches Are Moving, 1979) levels some sharp and deserving criticisms at the environmental movement, but loses credibility when he just can't find one good word for his former partner. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nelson DeMille
May 26, 2015

After a showdown with the notorious Yemeni terrorist known as The Panther, in Nelson DeMille’s latest suspense novel Radiant Angel, NYPD detective John Corey has left the Anti-Terrorist Task Force and returned home to New York City, taking a job with the Diplomatic Surveillance Group. Although Corey's new assignment with the DSG-surveilling Russian diplomats working at the U.N. Mission-is thought to be "a quiet end," he is more than happy to be out from under the thumb of the FBI and free from the bureaucracy of office life. But Corey realizes something the U.S. government doesn't: The all-too-real threat of a newly resurgent Russia. “Perfect summer beach reading, with or without margaritas, full of Glock-and-boat action,” our reviewer writes. View video >