Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 34)

NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Dec. 8, 2009

"With urgency and authority, Hansen urges readers to speak out—taking to the streets if necessary—to protect the Earth from calamity for the sake of their children and grandchildren."
In his debut, a leading climatologist lambasts world governments for their ineffectual response to the dangers of global warming. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 19, 2009

"Essential for any Green bookshelf."
The epic forest fire of 1910 and how it kept massive business interests from strangling the nascent American conservation movement. Read full book review >

NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Oct. 19, 2009

"Breathtaking in scope and implication—a must-read."
A comprehensive, forward-thinking blueprint for sustainable living. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Jargon-free and written with a fine eye for detail—one of the best books on America's energy crisis to emerge in recent years."
In her ambitious and highly readable first book, environmental journalist Little explains how the United States became addicted to fossil fuel-based energy and how we can break this addiction. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 8, 2009

"Meyer 'liberates' the record with sagacity, precision and remarkable clarity."
A journalist then posted to Germany and Central Europe delivers a coolheaded reconsideration of the revolutionary fervor that tore down the Iron Curtain in 1989. Read full book review >

THE NATURAL HISTORY OF UNICORNS by Chris Lavers
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Aug. 11, 2009

"Lavers makes an elegant, colorful guide to the unicorn's myth, marvel and the ties that have bound it to human progress."
Lavers (Natural History/Univ. of Nottingham; Why Elephants Have Big Ears: Understanding Patterns of Life on Earth, 2001) ingeniously tracks the myth-making of the unicorn, a 2,500-year "windy road with many charming vistas, and many strange ones." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 28, 2009

"Magisterial and timely, given the manifold environmental crises facing the current administration."
An appropriately vigorous and larger-than-life—but also detailed and carefully documented—biography of the visionary president who put so much land and so many resources in the public trust. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: June 23, 2009

"A provocative and careful testament to the ever-changing definition of activism."
Los Angeles Times editor Kuipers (Burning Rainbow Farm, 2006, etc.) delivers a searing narrative on the fringe animal-activist movement. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: May 12, 2009

"Highly readable, entertaining and educational."
A middle-aged former journalist sets out to summit all 54 of Colorado's 14,000-foot-plus peaks. Read full book review >
SUMMER WORLD by Bernd Heinrich
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: April 7, 2009

"As with the author's Winter World (2003), Heinrich presents natural science at its engaging best."
Heinrich (The Snoring Bird: My Family's Journey Through a Century of Biology, 2007, etc.) gets intimate with the plants and animals of summer. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: April 1, 2009

"A captivating account of the man who turned beachcombing into a science."
Lively as-told-to autobiography of a scientist who studied flotsam—floating trash—and revolutionized the study of the world's oceans. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 25, 2009

"Politically savvy and unafraid to be controversial (but not unnecessarily). An eye-opener for students of geopolitics and a useful primer for would-be globetrotters."
A helter-skelter travelogue in which London-based journalist Mueller endures blasts of rhetoric from the likes of Bono, various nationalists and pundits, as well as blasts of bombs and bad vibes in all corners of the world. 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 >