Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 167)

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: May 1, 1993

"Immensely informative—and lots of fun. (Thirty b&w photographs—not seen)"
A reader-friendly survey of the current state of astrophysics and cosmology, weaving together up-to-the-minute observations, the most recent theories, and profiles of the major figures in the field—along with enough rudimentary background to make it all comprehensible to an intelligent lay reader willing to invest some effort. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: May 1, 1993

"His book could be one of them."
Cognitive psychologist Norman searches for humane technology and just plain user-friendliness in the paraphernalia and artifacts employed in everyday life. Read full book review >

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: May 1, 1993

"A work of science that reads like a good mystery—and that's entertainment. (Thirty-eight line drawings and seventeen halftones)"
Big-league environmental events—chronicled in absorbing, illuminating style by Officer (Earth Sciences & Engineering/Dartmouth) and Page (Songs to Birds, reviewed below, etc.). Read full book review >
RELIGION
Released: April 28, 1993

"This is one cosmic egg that may be too big to crack."
Goswami (Physics/University of Oregon; coauthor, The Cosmic Dancers, 1983) uses quantum physics to promote monistic idealism- -the theory that both matter and mind have their origin in consciousness. Read full book review >
HIGH RISE by Jerry Adler
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 28, 1993

"What Adler might have hoped would be a high-rolling success story stands now as a cautionary but no less entertaining tale of the Eighties' cockamamie hubris. (Photographs) (First serial to New York)"
Times Square was slated for ambitious redevelopment in the mid-1980's when real-estate developer Bruce Eichner set out to build a skyscraper at 1540 Broadway. Read full book review >

EISENHOWER AND SPUTNIK by Robert A. Divine
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1993

"A fine depiction of a homespun chief executive who maintained control and a levelheaded wisdom in the face of powerful and diverging political and economic forces."
A lucid analysis of how Russia's unpredicted space-race breakthrough affected, and was handled by, the nation's 34th President. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1993

"MPSLUGetc); still, an entertaining, informative history that doubles as a solid guide to the nature of magnetism and electricity. (Sixteen halftones, seven line drawings.)"
Using the story of magnetism as his framework, Verschuur (The Invisible Universe, 1986—not reviewed) discusses—from the vantage point of a committed propagandist for the scientific method—our historical journey from superstition to physics. Read full book review >
THE LIFE OF ISAAC NEWTON by Richard S. Westfall
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1993

"An altogether admirable job of scholarship, whose weightiness is balanced by the surfacing, from time to time, of Westfall's dry humor. (Six halftones; nine line drawings.)"
A condensed version of Westfall's 1981 biography of Newton, Never at Rest (priced at $100 and not reviewed), that nevertheless displays a high level of scholarship and detail. Read full book review >
THE SECRET FOREST by Charles Bowden
HISTORY
Released: April 1, 1993

"A vibrant sketch imbued with elegance, mystery, and charm. (Sixty color photographs by Pulitzer-winning photographer Jack Dykinga)"
Tales of the brute geography of tropical Sonora, told with originality by a writer known for prose with an offbeat edge. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 1, 1993

"Required reading for anyone concerned with continued abuses of power by the military- industrial complex."
Foerstel's Surveillance in the Stacks (1991) was a science librarian's response to the FBI's ``Library Awareness Program,'' in which the feds asked for records of ``suspicious'' foreign nationals consulting technical reference books. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 1993

"Doubtless, experts will accuse the author of overstatement and will find exceptions and countercurrents; but, overall, his discussion is lively and stimulating."
Music in relation to science is a theme that James has explored in popular articles (Discover, etc.). Read full book review >
ABLAZE by Piers Paul Read
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: April 1, 1993

"A top-notch take on a man-made catastrophe and its chilling consequences. (For a look at Chernobyl's aftermath by the plant's former chief engineer, see Grigori Medvedev's No Breathing Room, p. 207.) (Sixteen pages of photos, three maps—not seen)"
A dispassionate yet mesmerizing survey of atomic-electric power in the Soviet Union, whose centerpiece is the 1986 explosion at Chernobyl. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >