Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 168)

Released: June 19, 1995

"Angier is a perfect example."
A hymn in praise of all things great and small, from elephants to cockroaches, dolphins to beetles, by Meistersinger Angier (Natural Obsession: The Search for the Oncogene, 1988). Read full book review >
Released: June 19, 1995

"Full of good sense and good reportage, Mather's book deserves wide attention. (author tour)"
If the thought of a farm straight out of Woody Allen's Sleeper, overrun with mammoth chickens and gargantuan vegetables, scares you, then this book will fuel a thousand nightmares. Read full book review >

Released: June 1, 1995

"Good writing and good thinking make this book fuel for long reflection."
An uncommonly clear, commonsensical argument for rehabilitating damaged landscapes and moving toward what the author calls the ``future primitive.'' Mills (Whatever Happened to Ecology?, 1989) is one of the leading proponents of the ``bioregional movement,'' a place-based environmental consciousness that has grown from a nice idea of the '60s into a powerful ethic. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 1995

"Lightweight but entertaining. (Author tour)"
A chatty hodgepodge of material about the birth control pill. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 1995

"Smith's timely arguments for redesigning our educational system to prepare students for life to come bears much discussion."
A Pulitzer Prizewinning veteran journalist repackages old news to argue for an overhauled America. Read full book review >

Released: May 30, 1995

"But for the true Nazi nuclear- physics junkie, this latest work will provide a high-octane fix."
The author of the authoritative but controversial German National Socialism and the Quest for Nuclear Power (not reviewed) here answers his critics and expands on several themes having to do with Nazism and science. Read full book review >
NAKED EARTH by Shawna Vogel
Released: May 22, 1995

"Dynamic and unpretentious, this is the kind of book that teaches us to be curious about the unfamiliar."
A superbly written and informative account that gives geophysics the excitement of a science-adventure tale. Read full book review >
Released: May 12, 1995

A close-up of infighting between ``ultra-Darwinians'' and naturalists. Read full book review >
Released: May 12, 1995

"An important evaluation of one of the key long-range threats to human survival, aimed at a popular audience but full of solid scientific data."
The recent impact of Comet Shoemaker-Levy on Jupiter made the world aware of the potential for another worldwide disaster of the sort that purportedly killed off the dinosaurs; here an astronomer assesses the risks. Read full book review >
Released: May 5, 1995

"Readers had best be prepared to think long and hard about the points Dennett raises, but those who stay with the author will be amply rewarded for their efforts. (40 b&w line drawings) (Book-of-the-Month Club/Quality Paperback Book Club/History Book Club alternate selections; author tour)"
An explorationat a consistently high level of discourseof the implications of Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection, which extend far beyond biology. Read full book review >
HOW THINGS ARE by John Brockman
Released: May 1, 1995

"Varied and invigorating, these essays are a light, but not insubstantial, read."
An eclectic survey of contemporary scientific thought and attitudes. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1995

"This work will leave readers feeling as though they are looking at the heavens through the wrong end of a telescope."
Though well-informed, this history of astronomy caters to the insider rather than the intrigued novice. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >