Search Results: "Jared Diamond"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1997

"The prose is not brilliant, and there are apologies and redundancies that we could do without. But a fair answer to Yali's question this surely is, and gratifyingly, it makes clear that race has nothing to do with who does or does not develop cargo."
MacArthur fellow and UCLA evolutionary biologist Diamond (The Third Chimpanzee, 1992, etc.) takes as his theme no less than the rise of human civilizations. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 6, 1992

"Quirky arguments at times, yes, but generally Diamond is as sharp as his name."
Plenty of provocative ideas in this grand sweep of evolutionary biology and anthropology: not surprising for this MacArthur "genius'' Award-winner, Natural History columnist, and UCLA Medical School physiology professor. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 31, 2012

"A symphonic yet unromantic portrait of traditional societies and the often stirring lessons they offer."
A supple and engaged journey into traditional societies and an exploration of their ways of life, from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Guns, Germs, and Steel (1997). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DIAMOND by Mark Harris
NON-FICTION
Released: June 20, 1994

"Harris has an engaging voice, although he does trot out a lot of old saws—how baseball nurtured American democracy, nostalgia for day games on grass—that just don't cut it any more."
The author of the novel Bang the Drum Slowly gathers over 40 years' worth of baseball essays and throws in an excerpt from Bang, as well as the entire screenplay of the movie. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 8, 2001

"Hart doubtless keeps a few secrets for himself, but he unlocks many more in a text studded with oddments, lore, and technical data, all lightly related. Diamond fanciers and geology buffs alike will find this a trove of information."
An absorbing voyage into the demimonde of the diamantaire. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

GHOST DIAMOND! by Michael Broad
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"Watch out Cam Jansen, there's a new sleuth in town. (Mystery. 7-10)"
Secret Agent Amelia Kidd has saved the world loads of times. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DIAMOND EYE by Arthur Rosenfeld
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2001

"Rosenfeld (A Cure for Gravity, 2000) doesn't shrink from florid clichés (the crime lord's beautiful daughter is an internist at Mercy Hospital) or kitchen-sink plotting, but he keeps things moving smartly even before the nifty twist that ties his two plots together into a neat, grisly bow."
Like the post office employees who've made the phrase "going postal" a byword for the mixture of alienating boredom and violence, Inspector Max Diamond, of the US Postal Inspection Service, never seems to have a nice day. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FALSE DIAMOND by Veronica Heley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2014

"A pedestrian solution proves Heley slightly off her game in her eighth Abbott entry."
The discovery of a zircon in Dilys Benton's engagement ring sends sparks flying in her rich, dysfunctional family. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DIAMOND DUST by Anita Desai
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 19, 2000

"A quiet but deeply satisfying collection from the distinguished author and Booker finalist (i>Fasting, Feasting, not reviewed, etc.)."
Nine short fictions luminously detailing events that lead characters to irrevocably cross the invisible line separating their pasts from new experiences, new insights, even new existences. Read full book review >