Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 3)

MAN OF THE HOUR by Jennet Conant
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Conant deserves a place among the traditional 'wise men' (Acheson, Harriman et al.), an elite group of white, male, East Coast advisers, all pragmatic, realistic, and nonideological, who guided presidential policy from World War II through the end of the Cold War. This book gives him that place."
A biography of a "chemist, statesman, educator, and critic…[who] had within his grasp all the elements to help forge the new atomic age." Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Good, readable pop psychology that doesn't get too arcane but explores hidden mental corners all the same."
A pop-science tour of the brain and the "systematic mistakes we make when we attempt to change minds, as well as [an illumination of] what occurs during those instances in which we succeed." Read full book review >

SIGNIFICANT ZERO by Walt Williams
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"An entertaining and provocative look inside big-time video game development."
Looking back on the decade he spent helping to create some of the most memorable titles in video gaming history, Williams comes clean on scripted violence, workplace politics, situational morality, and the deleterious effects of little sleep and a junk-food diet. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Short on optimism but a compelling, expert account of a half-forgotten historical catastrophe."
The history of "the greatest massacre of the twentieth century," an illness that infected more than 500 million people. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"At the edges where popular science and popular social criticism meet, with interesting if not always sharply limned arguments."
I want my MTV—and my doughnuts and my meth. Thus the American mind, racing to attain rewards that entire industries are glad to supply. Read full book review >

WORLD WITHOUT MIND by Franklin Foer
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A spirited renunciation of the machine and not just for Luddites in favor of such radical thoughts as private ownership of one's own data and the nonalgorithmic shopping experience."
A capably argued if perhaps too familiar criticism of things as they are in this intermediated, technological swirl of a world. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"An unsettling but highly thought-provoking book."
An exploration of how "there is something presently wrong with how…scientists think about life, its existence, its origins, and its evolution." Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Solid, eye-opening public health journalism."
An investigative journalist specializing in public health and food policy delves into the implications of chicken becoming the most consumed source of protein in the American diet. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A lucid and provocative look at the geopolitics of energy and the shifts and dislocations it is likely to produce."
Remember when the world was running out of oil? The good news is that energy is abundant, at least for the time being. As for the bad news…. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Advice for students and teachers rounds out a persuasive plea for creative learning."
An argument for why higher education requires radical change to prepare students for an unpredictable future. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Not without flaws but an informative and inspiring book."
A video game developer tells how she became an outspoken advocate for victims of online abuse. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A thoughtful progressive feint against the vulgar fearmongering of the moment."
A provocative look at the science and psychology behind fear-based politics. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >