Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 206)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 19, 1995

"Breezily written and full of fascinating characters and facts, here's a science book as enjoyable as any novel."
The subtitle here tells the reader exactly what the book is about; what it doesn't say is how much fun it is to read. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 13, 1995

"An absorbing look at the impact of Alliance politics on the outcome of WW II."
In a global history of the Grand Alliance, military historian Breuer (Race to the Moon, 1993, etc.) shows that the shouting war that raged among Allied leaders was in its way almost as violent as the shooting one with the Axis. Read full book review >

HIGH TIDE IN TUCSON by Barbara Kingsolver
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 11, 1995

"Mined selectively, however, this will reveal some beautiful gems."
In this collection of essays, novelist Kingsolver (Pigs in Heaven, 1993, etc.) displays considerable nature-writing talent, punctuated by stretches of smarmy self-reflection and hit-or-miss musings on issues ranging from biological determinism to the Gulf War. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Oct. 9, 1995

"A fun, sturdy book filled with helpful charts and dozens of illustrations."
A nifty popularization of the hard science and history of volcanoes and earthquakes. Read full book review >
HOPE, HUMAN AND WILD by Bill McKibben
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 6, 1995

"They are not to be found here."
A tuneless song of praise for the Earth and the possibilities of its restoration to ecological health. Read full book review >

NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Oct. 6, 1995

"Eloquently argued and rigorously supported by scientific evidence, this is a powerful document in the fight to preserve our natural heritage while there is still time. (20 b&w photos and line drawings, not seen) (Author tour)"
Here's a sobering look at the human race's impact on its environment, from the authors of Origins (1977) and Origins Reconsidered (1992). Read full book review >
THE DOGS WHO CAME TO STAY by George Pitcher
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Oct. 5, 1995

"With a touch of Cleveland Armory and Peter Gethers, this work, charmingly illustrated by Tom George, surely deserves its own place in the pet literature spotlight. (photos, not seen)"
A four-hankie story about two Princeton University bachelor professors and the dogs who adopt them. Read full book review >
ODD LOTS by Thomas C. Cooper
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"There is only so much Geranium endressii one person can handle,'' and whose hours not spent in the garden are spent talking about being in the garden."
A devoted gardener offers a meandering collection of brief essays that may hold some charm for others of the same ilk. Read full book review >
FOR A HANDFUL OF FEATHERS by Guy de la Valdéne
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Beautifully conceived and written, valuable for its insight into quail behavior and its thoughtful address of hunting ethics, a new classic for the sportsman's canon. (First serial to Sports Afield)"
Meditations on hunting, biodiversity, wildlife, ethics, and human folly unify a lifelong bird-hunter's quixotic venture to convert an 800-acre Florida farm into quail heaven. Read full book review >
BORNEO LOG by William W. Bevis
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"An absorbing, well-documented work that is of extreme and immediate relevance to both Third and First World peoples. (8 illustrations and maps, not seen)"
In a riveting account both beautiful and shocking, Bevis (English/Univ. of Montana) travels upriver in Borneo to witness the destruction of the world's oldest rain forests and one of the world's oldest cultures. Read full book review >
DOMINION by Niles Eldredge
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Makes sense, but is anyone outside the members of the choir listening?"
The latest on human evolution from our man at New York City's American Museum of Natural History (Dept. of Invertebrates), who views the future with alarm. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"A book to be read leisurely and contemplatively."
On a Columbus Day, over the course of a discursive, 15-mile ramble to Thoreau's grave at Concord, Mass., Mitchell (Living at the End of Time, 1990, etc.) ponders the old roads of the Minutemen on their way to battle and laments the vacuity of the contemporary soul of America. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >