Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 166)

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"An astute and independent observer's engrossing (albeit unsparing) perspectives on one of the 20th century's genuinely consequential enterprises. (illustrations, not seen)"
An evenhanded and informative history of Boeing, the American airframe manufacturer that bestrides the world of civil aviation like a colossus. Read full book review >
THE SCIENTIFIC REVOLUTION by Steven Shapin
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"In this revisionist text, Shapin offers a provocative new reading of a formative period in the history of science. (30 illustrations, not seen)"
A short but dense exposition arguing that there really wasn't a dramatic shift in how scholars went about discovering truth about the world in the 17th century. Read full book review >

RELIGION
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Trendy, but earnest and appealing as well."
An attempt to prove by scientific methods that the soul exists, by a physicist who has explored this terrain before, in The Eagle's Quest (1991) and The Dreaming Universe (1994). Read full book review >
FROM LUCY TO LANGUAGE by Donald Johanson
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

In one profusely illustrated volume, noted paleontologist Johanson (who discovered our earliest known ancestor, Lucy, as he recounted in his 1981 volume of that name) reviews all that is known about the origins and development of Homo sapiens. Read full book review >
SPERM WARS by Robin Baker
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Oct. 23, 1996

"Expect fireworks and rebuttals, but also serious consideration for the ideas expressed by someone bold enough to open the bedroom door."
Graphic, no-nonsense scenarios of human sexual behavior, and evolutionary biology as the framework for interpreting who did what to whom in a given scenario, are the hallmark of this extraordinary work by Univ. of Manchester (England) biologist Baker. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 21, 1996

"A sloppy, dissatisfying work from an author who has done better. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Wecht, a forensic pathologist and lawyer (Cause of Death, 1993), provides disappointingly little insight into some sensational trials and tragedies of recent years. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

A somewhat disjointed but still thought-provoking examination of the ways in which American cities and towns make us bad citizens. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"A fascinating story, well told."
In a narrative that often reads as compellingly as the best spy fiction, freelance science writer Buderi tells the story of how British and American scientists developed microwave radar, a device that helped win WW II and spurred a transformative postwar technical revolution. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Surveys a great deal of fascinating ground, but from the standpoint of a true believer rather than of an objective explorer. (Author tour)"
The acclaimed author of The Tao of Physics puts modern biology and ecology under his revisionist scrutiny. Read full book review >
DAVE BARRY IN CYBERSPACE by Dave Barry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"And it can be read with zero RAM, too. (Author tour)"
User-friendly Barry, tour guide to the world and elsewhere (Dave Barry Does Japan, 1992, etc.), takes a crack at cyberspace and comes up with a loony naturalist's guide to computer geekdom. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Sept. 11, 1996

"As always, Calvin's thinking about thinking gives plenty of food for thought."
Neurophysiologist Calvin (The Ascent of Mind: Ice Age Climate and the Evolution of Intelligence, 1990, etc.) continues to explore the human mind in a lively, erudite fashion, this time drawing on evolutionary biology, ethology, linguistics, and neuroscience. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Gould fans will be charmed at the cogency and cleverness of his arguments—but expect a wall of opposition from pious and diehard progressivists. (50 illustrations, not seen) (Author tour)"
Now hear this: Evolution is not progressive. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >