Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 164)

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Not just for the morbidly curious."
A lively narrative that illuminates the science of forensic anthropology. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

From historian and former Librarian of Congress Boorstin (The Creators, 1992, etc.), 17 sparkling and erudite essays that ``explore some of the surprising novelties and unexpected continuities in our recent past.'' Boorstin is a magnificent anachronism: He still believes in the essential goodness of the American experiment, and as an amateur rather than professional historian, he prefers straightforward narratives on grand themes rather than narrowly focused, footnote-laden quarrels with musty academics. Read full book review >

THE ORIGIN OF HUMANKIND by Richard Leakey
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Oct. 26, 1994

"PBS, eat your heart out."
There's an elegant, albeit humbling, logic to the first three books in the Science Masters Series, all coming in October. Read full book review >
LOST MOON by Jim Lovell
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Oct. 20, 1994

"Lovell and Kluger recapture—and rekindle—our sense of awe and wonder at manned space flight. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
In another of this year's lunar memorial volumes, Lovell, commander of Apollo 13, vividly recalls that nearly disastrous moon mission in superb, measured, dramatic prose. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Oct. 16, 1994

"A readable and engaging glimpse behind the facade of contemporary science; Dressler does for astronomy what James D. Watson's The Double Helix did for molecular biology. (31 photos, illustrations, charts, and graphs) (Library of Science and Astronomy Book Club main selection)"
A rare treat: cutting-edge science combined with a perceptive portrait of the people who perform it. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 15, 1994

"Occasionally stiff, but always readable; a good introduction to modern physics for any reader willing to invest a little thought in the subject. (45 halftones, 41 line drawings, 1 table)"
The fundamentals of Einstein's theory of special relativity, presented in the form of a series of imaginary dialogues among scientists of three different eras. Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >