Search Results: "Michael Shermer"


BOOK REVIEW

MICHAEL by Henry Flesh
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Amen."
Flesh's X-rated debut novel, the Lambda Award-winning Massage (1999), told of life at the bottom of Manhattan's gay subculture. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 2, 2008

"An informative, inventive, broad-spectrum analysis of what makes modern man tick, starting with his wallet."
Shermer (Why Darwin Matters: The Case Against Intelligent Design, 2006, etc.) applies his knowledge of evolutionary science to the volatile topic of modern economics. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 8, 2006

"A valuable, clearly presented tool in a key modern controversy."
A leading skeptic takes on the religious right. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 20, 2014

"A well-documented but perhaps overly optimistic view of a future likely to be challenged by both environmentalists and religious fundamentalists."
Skeptic magazine founding publisher Shermer (The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies—How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths, 2011, etc.) reviews the last 400 years of human history to substantiate his claim that it is science and reason, not religion, that reveal a path to "the betterment of humanity in a civilized state."Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2011

"A timely, reasoned reflection on the nature of belief, offering a level-headed corrective to the divisiveness of extreme partisanship."
Skeptic magazine founding publisher Shermer (The Mind of the Market: Compassionate Apes, Competitive Humans, and Other Tales from Evolutionary Economics, 2007, etc.) writes entertainingly about the scientific basis of belief. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 2, 2004

"Thought-provoking and well-honed examination of deep questions."
Imagine there's no Heaven (as John Lennon suggested): what, then, is the foundation for morality? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SKEPTIC by Michael Shermer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 12, 2016

"Dense with facts, convincing arguments, and curious statistics, this is an ingenious collection of light entertainment for readers who believe that explaining stuff is a good idea."
A collection of 75 of the Scientific American columns by author and gadfly Shermer (The Moral Arc: How Science and Reason Lead Humanity Toward Truth, Justice, and Freedom, 2015, etc.).Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 5, 2005

"Full of light, but short on fire."
A wide-ranging if tepid collection of 14 essays by the publisher of Skeptic magazine. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"A useful companion to Wallace's—and Darwin's—own writings, and a fine contribution to the history of science."
A scholarly appraisal of the curious life and work of the naturalist who, some insist, was the true father of the theory of evolution. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHANGING MICHAEL by Jeff Schilling
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 15, 2014

"Like the main character, not as smart as it thinks it is. (Fiction. 12-16)"
A teen provocateur decides to befriend and help a social outcast. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MICHAEL JORDAN by Robert Lipsyte
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 30, 1994

"Kids are lucky to have Lipsyte writing on their side. (Biography. 10-14)"
According to New York Times sportswriter Lipsyte (Arnold Schwarzenegger, 1993, etc.), Michael Jordan is a master of timing not just in his game but in his whole involvement with basketball and advertising. Read full book review >