Search Results: "Matt Ridley"


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THE BEST AMERICAN SCIENCE WRITING 2002 by Matt Ridley
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 6, 2002

"Year to year, this science series has become something of a treasured literary institution, and Ridley gives us yet another jewel."
Annual selection of some of the country's most illuminating recent popular-science articles. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 11, 2000

"Eminently readable, compelling, and important. (Print satellite tour)"
A rare event: a scientific paradigm shift going on in our own time, lucidly explained. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2003

"Certainly not the last word, but a lot of interesting turns of phrase and provocative findings to enrich the all-absorbing study of genes and behavior."
More on the ongoing debate of whether heredity or environment is in charge of who we are, from the assertive but knowledgeable English science writer Ridley. Read full book review >

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THE EVOLUTION OF EVERYTHING by Matt Ridley
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Like Malcolm Gladwell, Ridley's taste for counterintuitive arguments often oversimplifies and ignores contradictory evidence, but he provides a wild ride, almost too thought-provoking to read for long stretches but difficult to put down."
Evolution, a phenomenon without an underlying plan that explains life's development, has convinced scientists, if not the general public, but authorities still debate whether Darwin's theory applies to human society. Veteran science writer Ridley (The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves, 2010) investigates.Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1997

"A provocative look at some of the central questions about what makes us human; strongly recommended."
How do organisms whose behavior is apparently determined by ``selfish genes'' become social beings, let alone altruists and saints? Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Ridley contends—not a popular thesis in recent decades—that such genetic programming is far more central to human nature than social conditioning. Extensively researched, clearly written: one of the best introductions to its fascinating and controversial subject."
A former editor of The Economist asks how sexual selection has molded human nature. Read full book review >

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FRANCIS CRICK by Matt Ridley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2006

"A well-written addition to the publisher's 'Eminent Lives' series."
Short biography of a giant in molecular biology. Read full book review >

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THROWING ROSES by Elizabeth Ridley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1993

"A promising writer, but material that remains unformed."
After receiving a head injury in a serious car accident, 17- year-old Branda Raggan develops an appreciation of damaged and disfigured people everywhere—and eventually finds love among them- -in a small, scope-less first novel from Wisconsin writer Ridley. Read full book review >

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MAXIMILIAN AND JUAREZ by Jasper Ridley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 10, 1992

"Eight-page photo insert—not seen)."
Impressively researched but flatfooted history of Mexico's mid-19th-century struggles for independence, as personified by the main antagonists, Austrian Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian and the Zapotec Indian Benito Ju†rez. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2001

"Worth a look for anyone with a strong interest in the biological sciences."
For all the talk of "selfish genes," there's considerable evidence that advanced life evolved from cooperation between genes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BEYOND RECOGNITION by Ridley Pearson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 6, 1997

"But it's the richness of incident and the control of pace that'll keep them dangling as he switches gears each time you think the story's got to be winding down in this exhilarating entertainment. (Author tour)"
Patricia Cornwell could take lessons from Sgt. Read full book review >

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THE FIRST VICTIM by Ridley Pearson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 7, 1999

"Not even Pearson's niftiest action sequences can make up for the ho-hum forensics, the colorless villain, and the absence of any real urgency in the rescue. The master of the big-league police thriller has struck out in his own park. ($250,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
The smuggling of illegal aliens may be big business, but it makes for a surprisingly flat thriller for Seattle Police Lt. Lou Boldt (The Pied Piper, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >