Search Results: "Rodney A. Brooks"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 20, 2002

"Intelligent, thoughtful, and (mostly) accessible."
Australian-born Brooks, director of MIT's renowned Artificial Intelligence Lab and chairman of iRobot Corp., offers a unique perspective on the past, present, and future of robotics. Read full book review >

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A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF THE SUPREME COURT by Rodney A. Smolla
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"A yawner from the Fourth Estate."
Eight legal correspondents and two law professors submit workmanlike essays on some major decisions of the 199293 Supreme Court. Read full book review >

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FREE SPEECH IN AN OPEN SOCIETY by Rodney A. Smolla
NON-FICTION
Released: April 2, 1992

"An excellent and important work."
A superb exposition of the significance of free speech and an analysis of how to preserve it in our increasingly complex society. Read full book review >

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THE RUNAWAY TORTILLA by Eric A. Kimmel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Anyone who's ever driven across town for the perfect taco will understand the allure of the world's most entertaining tortilla. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Perfection can be dangerous, as restaurateurs Tía Lupe and Tío José discover when one of their delicious tortillas comes to life and runs away. Read full book review >

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CHINABERRY SIDEWALKS by Rodney Crowell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 18, 2011

"An unbalanced, frequently depressive autobiography that primarily focuses on the past, leaving little room for the author's resoundingly successful present."
A Grammy-winning singer/songwriter reveals the early genesis of his family, predating a marriage to Rosanne Cash (whose 2010 memoir, Composed, is a can't-miss) and the ascent to musical stardom. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 12, 2016

"A book in which the author's fascinating, well-researched ideas regarding holistic health may presage a paradigm shift in medicine."
Fully 90 percent of human cells are microbial. This astonishing fact means that we are not merely human but a superorganism whose "microbiome" plays a major role in health and disease. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"Unconvincing as an all-encompassing theory of monotheism, but refreshing and moving as a plea for pluralism. (24 halftones)"
An uneven but often provocative assessment of the significance of monotheism as a force in the history of religion. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1996

"This will be an indispensable source when Lonetree emerges from jail this year."
One of the more esoteric pleasures of the end of the Cold War is the ability to get nearer the truth on espionage cases, and Barker has made the most of it in a deft, fast-paced, and balanced account of the US Marine guards scandal of 1987. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Corporate America & The N-Word by James Rodney
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 20, 2014

"A compelling though unpolished analysis of racially motivated workplace harassment and its potential remedies."
A bleak recounting of harassment endured by African-Americans in the workplace over the last two decades. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1992

"A thoughtful and important social document full of deep human insight; essential reading to understand the present-day lives of Native Americans."
Masterful account of the torture/murder of three Navajos by white teenagers. Read full book review >