Science & Technology Book Reviews

SKIN IN THE GAME by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"Smart and provocative, updating Robert Nozick and Friedrich Hayek while providing plenty of grist for liberal counterargument."
Noted statistician and business philosopher Taleb (Antifragile: Things that Gain from Disorder, 2012, etc.) continues to inform us, none too gently, that we've got it all wrong. Read full book review >
ENERGY by Richard Rhodes
Released: May 29, 2018

"Calling this a classic like Rhodes' The Making of the Atomic Bomb (1987) may be slightly premature, but it's definitely a tour de force of popular science, which is no surprise from this author."
From the Pulitzer and National Book Award winner, a magisterial history of "how human beings…[have] confronted the deeply human problem of how to draw life from the raw materials of the world." Read full book review >

Released: June 12, 2018

"You'll never look at your garden the same way again."
A garden provides the key to the natural universe. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 2018

"A thoroughly enchanting tour of big questions, oddball ideas, and dazzling accomplishments of researchers searching to explain, manipulate, and alter inheritance."
A fascinating journey through the history of heredity Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2018

"A fresh rethinking of a crucial process in today's world."
A self-help business book that challenges conventional wisdom about networking. Read full book review >

CONCEIVABILITY by Elizabeth L. Katkin
Released: June 19, 2018

"A well-researched, informative, and positive account of a very long journey to motherhood."
A chronicle of the great lengths one woman went through to conceive and birth two children. Read full book review >
HAPPY BRAIN by Dean Burnett
Released: May 29, 2018

"There's nothing earthshaking in Burnett's observations, but he offers a pleasing tour of the brain and its feel-good longings."
Entertaining exploration of the neurophysiological basis for Aristotle's most prized state of being: happiness. Read full book review >
Released: June 12, 2018

"Parents and educators will discover a wealth of information to inspire and help 'make childhood a better place.'"
An informative road map for those who want to maximize their children's material environment. Read full book review >
ARMY OF NONE by Paul Scharre
Released: April 24, 2018

"A clear, well-written, and richly documented discussion of an issue that deserves deep and careful study."
Former Army Ranger Scharre, the director of the Future of War Initiative at the Center for a New American Security, looks at the technical, strategic, and ethical questions raised by autonomous weapons, which are closer to reality than many civilians may realize. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 8, 2018

"A sober and penetrating study of the damage done to journalism in recent years, including the scourge of 'fake news.'"
An analysis of the ways that technology has transformed the media and made it harder for people to accurately understand the world. Read full book review >
CHERNOBYL by Serhii Plokhy
Released: May 15, 2018

"A thoughtful study of catastrophe, unintended consequences, and, likely, nuclear calamities to come."
A history of the nuclear disaster that set precedents—and standards—for future mishaps of the kind. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2018

"The author's offbeat view of human evolution makes for lively reading and invites readers to think deeply about some of his wilder conjectures."
Natural selection made us what we are today, and that is deeply flawed. So argues Lents (Biology/John Jay Coll., CUNY; Not So Different: Finding Human Nature in Animals, 2016) in his second book. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >