Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 163)

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Oct. 4, 1994

"An insider's accessible, informative take on what's needed to get futuristic hardware to contemporary flight lines and launching pads. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A top-flight aerospace engineer's engrossing reminiscences of an eventful career in the service of the CIA and US military at the height of the Cold War. Read full book review >
ONCE UPON A TELEPHONE by Ellen Stern
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Still, there's probably a good argument to be made that the pranks of punk kids were preferable to the icy contempt of voice mail."
Among the more amusing facts in this cultural history of the telephone is that, back in the old days, women were called upon to be telephone operators because boys, who initially had the jobs, ``were ill-suited to the delicate work of telephony. Read full book review >

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Nothing to titillate, but plenty to think about. (Illustrations, not seen) (Author tour)"
An informal, first-person account of the discovery of a genetic link to male homosexuality by a scientist who has given thought to the ramifications of his findings. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"No amount of cinematic magic can surpass the wonder induced by a personal encounter with the remains of these giants who once stalked the earth."
In the prehistoric days before Jurassic Park and Barney, the focus of dinosaur-mania for anyone growing up in New York City was the American Museum of Natural History, where the looming skeleton of Tyrannosaurus rex inspired awe in generations of children. Read full book review >
TREES AND PEOPLE by Richard N. Jordan
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"A valid comment, but far from the final word on the fate of our forests. (Photos, not seen)"
A contribution to the debate over professional forestry's environmental impact by someone who believes that people take better care of trees than nature does. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 21, 1994

"What could have been a dry technical and analytical study is enlivened by the immensity of the issues at stake and the extraordinary characters populating the story."
A measured account of the development of the Soviet bomb program by Holloway (Political Science/Stanford, The Soviet Union and the Arms Race, 1983) that contrives to be both technically comprehensive and gripping. Read full book review >
THE PHYSICS OF IMMORTALITY by Frank J. Tipler
RELIGION
Released: Sept. 5, 1994

"Tipler is wrestling with issues of enormous importance, but in the end his answers seem highly idiosyncratic and unlikely either to convert the skeptics or to satisfy the religious. (20 line drawings) (Quality Paperback Book Club selection; author tour)"
A scientific argument that foresees the evolution of computer intelligence into an equivalent of God is likely to be greeted with skepticism by the majority of readers, and those who wade through this densely argued text are likely to emerge more puzzled than enlightened. Read full book review >
PIERRE PUVIS DE CHAVANNES by Aimée Brown Price
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"But in the spirit of everything old being new again, Puvis is garnering a second glance, most notably in an exhibition, curated by Price, at the Rijksmuseum Vincent Van Gogh in Amsterdam, to which this volume is a companion. (200 illustrations, 98 in color)"
Pierre Puvis de Chavannes (182498) was for a long time the most celebrated painter of 19th-century France. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Even though Allman occasionally strains credulity by drawing bold conclusions from flimsy evidence, his arguments are nevertheless compelling and thought-provoking."
A stimulating overview of the emerging field of evolutionary psychology. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

Freelance journalist Shear arrestingly reconstructs a notably bad bargain the US struck with Japan during a period when, despite an immense trade deficit, Washington was willing to pay almost any price to keep the island nation on its side in the Cold War. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

A provocative book by a senior editor of the New Republic, author of Three Scientists and Their Gods (1988), examining the vibrant new science of evolutionary psychology. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Aug. 3, 1994

"Highly recommended."
In this boldly optimistic manifesto, Savage proclaims a master plan for the human race: to spread life throughout the galaxy. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >