Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 206)

Released: March 1, 1993

"An intriguing examination of an elusive topic, with a depth and range that go beyond predictable terrain."
The concept of place has been given relatively short shrift since the overthrow of environmental determinism. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 1993

"Through it all, Bernhardt's interest in reproduction enlightens the reader in the weird and wonderful ways of plants and pollinators, sometimes to mutual benefit, but sometimes to murder, cannibalism, and other malign events that do indeed cast botany in a fascinating, unladylike light."
"The image that the study of plants was something to occupy polite ladies in nineteenth-century drawing rooms is an image of botany that is gone forever,'' says the director of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney in a foreword to this second essay collection by St. Louis University botanist Bernhardt. Read full book review >

ECOSCAM by Ronald Bailey
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Otherwise, a suitable tract for libertarians."
The rest of the book is like the title. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Not up to Road Fever's turbo-charged standards but, still, manna for Cahill fans, who should be legion by now."
The master of adventure writing (Road Fever, 1991; A Wolverine Is Eating My Leg, 1989, etc.) continues his spree with another collection of high-wire essays culled from National Geographic, Rolling Stone, etc. ``I have been in the business of giving people back their dreams,'' declares Cahill, who means to say that he does what others only dare to dream about. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Out of this clutch will emerge a memorable few, and Shabecoff's offering, despite its flaws, has the breadth and acuity to be among them."
A wide-ranging and detailed survey of the U.S. environmental tradition from ancient Americans to Al Gore, with cogitations on the squandering, sullying, and disfiguring of our land; by former veteran New York Times correspondent Shabecoff. Read full book review >

Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Despite adroit detailing and many highlights, these essays as a whole feel inert, unleavened by action, progress, or other people; still, reflective and informed nature writing."
A naturalist and gardener explores Arizona desert life. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"As a bonus, Jacobs supplies a razor-sharp explanation of how a paleontologist sniffs out fossils and then constructs a science from the brittle bits. (The 42 b&w illustrations—of a quizzical-looking turtle, a spinosaurus gulping down a lungfish, etc.—are uniformly superb.)"
A literate, laid-back account of fossil hunting in Africa. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 20, 1993

"Few will accuse Fitzpatrick of shouting prairie fire as he convincingly argues that environmental evils are upon the land, that the villains are of the nastiest sort, and that the outcome may be seriously bad news."
Fitzpatrick (science editor of Washington University's PR office) takes the measure, through interview/portraits with local land stewards, of the environmental depradations besieging the states of Illinois and Missouri. Read full book review >
NATURAL OPIUM by Diane Johnson
Released: Jan. 14, 1993

"Maybe Johnson should have stayed at home."
Peevish, polished travel reports by a novelist (Health and Happiness, 1990, etc.), biographer (Dashiell Hammett, 1983), and book critic (Terrorists and Novelists, 1982). Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 13, 1993

"Environmentalists may be outraged but, even so, Fumento sheds light as well as heat."
How to stop worrying about technology—and learn to love it; by the author of The Myth of Heterosexual AIDS (1989). Read full book review >
SKY'S WITNESS by C.L. Rawlins
Released: Jan. 4, 1993

"Fatty with extraneous material, but the lean goods are there, and worth digging out. (Line drawings.)"
Twelve long months in the Wyoming mountains, by a free-lance writer (Sierra Magazine, etc.) and poet. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"Enough feminine overtones (tears, worry about eyelashes, plus the voice of a middle-aged woman) to make a solid, no-frills adventure for women as well as men. (Eight pages of color photographs—not seen.) (First serial rights to Cosmopolitan)"
Simple, appealing account of a woman's solo ski trek to the magnetic North Pole. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >