Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 6)

THE FIRST AMENDMENT BUBBLE by Amy Gajda
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 5, 2015

"An eye-opening, relevant and cautionary book."
A lawyerly look at what threatens journalistic free speech liberties. Read full book review >
EUREKA by Chad Orzel
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Dec. 9, 2014

"Orzel's point is well-taken: Like breathing, we are engaging in the scientific process much of the time, even if we don't know it."
Orzel (Physics/Union Coll.; How to Teach Relativity to Your Dog, 2012, etc.) explains that we all think like scientists, at least some of the time; we just may not know it.Read full book review >

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"Well-handled by Davis: both heart gladdening and a challenge to start making sense of national immigration policy."
The story of four high schoolers from the wrong side of Phoenix who built a robot, entered it in a national competition that included such prestigious schools as MIT, and won. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Nov. 18, 2014

"An eye-opening, immensely distressing exposé on the current state of organized cyberspammers."
How once-harmless Internet advertising developed into the dangerously intrusive inbox enemy it is today. Read full book review >
SEX ON EARTH by Jules Howard
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Howard demonstrates that there is much to appreciate about the rites and rituals that govern the when, where and how of species perpetuation."
Not everything you wanted to know about sex, but a fair compendium of the varieties of sexual behavior exhibited by all creatures, great and small. Read full book review >

NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"A well-documented, upbeat alternative to doom-and-gloom prognostications."
Science journalist Vince chronicles a two-year journey around the globe to evaluate warnings that we face an ecological tipping point. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Parker should be commended. He may not convert all readers to loving math, but he does provide a glimmer of understanding of how it works."
Guardian and Telegraph writer and comedian Parker aims "to show people all the fun bits of mathematics."Read full book review >
@WAR by Shane Harris
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"A well-researched overview made less engaging by an uncritical stance and jargon-heavy approach."
Sprawling account of how the U.S. military joined forces with the National Security Agency to develop "cyber warfare" capabilities, monitoring America's enemies and its citizens alike. Read full book review >
COUNTDOWN TO ZERO DAY by Kim Zetter
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Governments, hackers and parties unknown are launching ticking computer time bombs every day, all coming to a laptop near you. Zetter's well-paced study offers a sharp account of past mischief and a glimpse of things to come."
Iran's nuclear program spills out into the world's computers in this true techno-whodunit by Wired senior reporter Zetter.Read full book review >
LIVES IN RUINS by Marilyn Johnson
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"An engrossing examination of how archaeologists re-create much of human history, piece by painstaking piece."
Science reporter Johnson (This Book Is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All, 2010, etc.) explores the work of archaeologists.Read full book review >
THE FORMULA by Luke Dormehl
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"The algorithmization of life reveals both good and dark sides, and in this lucid book, Dormehl, a good-sider, rightly cautions to never lose a measure of control."
The story of the myriad ways that algorithms are impacting our lives, from Fast Company senior writer Dormehl.Read full book review >
UNDENIABLE by Bill Nye
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Proof positive that evolutionary theory can be popular and inviting."
A sweeping tour of the mechanics of evolution from the Science Guy. 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 >