Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 6)

SEX ON EARTH by Jules Howard
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Howard demonstrates that there is much to appreciate about the rites and rituals that govern the when, where and how of species perpetuation."
Not everything you wanted to know about sex, but a fair compendium of the varieties of sexual behavior exhibited by all creatures, great and small. Read full book review >
THE HUNT FOR THE GOLDEN MOLE by Richard Girling
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Deep issues concerning our place in nature addressed with grace and enthusiasm."
When award-winning British environmental journalist Girling (Greed, 2009, etc.) read an entry in Mammal Species of the World that described "an entire species 'known only from a partially completed specimen in an owl-pellet,' " he decided that the discovery of this improbable species, the Somali golden mole, would make a good story. He was right. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"A passionately committed environmental activist unearths China's criminal, ongoing policy of resource extraction."
A grim, relentless exposé of the plundering of Tibet's natural resources by China. Read full book review >
THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHEMICALS by William J. Kelly
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"A powerful warning that 'a growing cloud of toxins aloft [are] swirling in the winds around the world' and recirculating the pollution we hoped to shed."
A scathing denunciation of how America outsourced its industrial capacity to China, a package that included catastrophic pollution. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"A well-documented, upbeat alternative to doom-and-gloom prognostications."
Science journalist Vince chronicles a two-year journey around the globe to evaluate warnings that we face an ecological tipping point. Read full book review >

SHACKLETON by Michael Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"An illuminating perspective of the man, his mission and the era in which he lived."
"[Ernest] Shackleton today is a cult figure who has assumed a mythical, almost saintly status," writes journalist Smith (Great Endeavour: Ireland's Antarctic Explorers, 2010, etc.) in this fascinating exploration of the man behind the myth.Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Not always cohesive, but the stylish rendering of the Russian culture, which both attracts and appalls the author, will keep the reader captivated."
Everything you know about Russia is wrong, according to this eye-opening, mind-bending memoir of a TV producer caught between two cultures. Read full book review >
ANIMAL WEAPONS by Douglas J. Emlen
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Solid natural history, along with a well-turned thought or two about when weapons spell their owner's doom."
Emlen (Biology/Univ. of Montana) presents a bestiary equipped with outsize weaponry. Read full book review >
LIVES IN RUINS by Marilyn Johnson
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"An engrossing examination of how archaeologists re-create much of human history, piece by painstaking piece."
Science reporter Johnson (This Book Is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All, 2010, etc.) explores the work of archaeologists.Read full book review >
MARCO POLO by John Man
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Marvelous tales that first inspired the Western traveler to see and learn more."
British historian Man (Samurai: A History, 2014, etc.) chronicles his journey to Asia where Marco Polo first led the Western traveler. The book was first published in the U.K. in 2009 as Xanadu.Read full book review >
SISSINGHURST by Vita Sackville-West
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Enjoyable for gardeners and lovers of quaint British landscapes."
British gardener Raven (Wild Flowers, 2012) integrates Sackville-West's writings into a gardener's guide to one of England's finest landscapes, which was laid out with a studied nonchalance. Read full book review >
A BACKPACK, A BEAR, AND EIGHT CRATES OF VODKA by Lev Golinkin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"A mordantly affecting chronicle of a journey to discover that 'you can't have a future if you don't have a past.'"
An ex-Iron Curtain refugee-turned-American citizen tells the emotional story of how he and his parents fled the Ukraine two years before the collapse of the Soviet Union. 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 >