Search Results: "Stephen J. Pyne"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 26, 2010

"A challenging but immensely rewarding read."
An environmental historian blends the past, present and future of exploration in a unique account of the Voyager space program. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"The many ideas contained in Pyne's book alone will help that interpretation along nicely. (16 pages b&w photos, 3 maps, not seen)"
Intellectual and environmental history merge in a useful study of one of the world's great natural wonders. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1997

"A learned and ingenious book, likely to be influential in the history of humankind's relationship with the environment. (65 illustrations, maps)"
A dense but highly readable illustrated history of fire's role in the forging of European civilization. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: March 1, 1995

"Not always a ball of fire, but the persevering reader will be treated to a thought-provoking treatise on this most elemental of subjects. (36 illustrations, not seen)"
To burn or not to burn—a question repeatedly and vociferously answered in the affirmative by Pyne in this intensive, sometimes densely philosophical examination of the relationship between humans and fire. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 7, 2001

"A dense and often exciting account, written in leisurely and mannered prose."
An exhaustive account of the fires of 1910, which destroyed millions of acres in four northwestern states and transformed American conceptions of forest maintenance and fire control. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 2, 2012

"Readers with a good introduction to the subject under their belt—e.g., Ian Tattersall's Masters of the Planet (2012)—will be best prepared to absorb this rich but often dense flood of geologic, geographic, anthropologic and philosophical analyses of recent evolution."
Lasting from about 3 million to 10,000 years ago, the Pleistocene is both a geological epoch and an idea, write science historians Stephen Pyne (Voyager: Exploration, Space, and the Third Great Age of Discovery, 2011, etc.) and his daughter Lydia, who proceed to deliver a perceptive account of both. Read full book review >

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SEVEN SKELETONS by Lydia Pyne
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 16, 2016

"Ian Tattersall's The Strange Case of the Rickety Cossack (2015) remains the best popular modern history of human evolution, but Pyne casts her net more widely, adding captivating accounts of how each discovery fascinated the mass media and entered literature and popular culture."
Describing human evolution through accounts of fossils that became media events might seem a publicity ploy, but science journalist Pyne (Institute for Historical Studies/Univ. of Texas; Bookshelf, 2016, etc.) pulls it off. Read full book review >

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TWENTYNINE PALMS by Daniel Pyne
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2010

"With dialogue that sings and action that sizzles, this is a prime candidate for the big screen."
Character is key in this deliciously edgy thriller, screenwriter Pyne's (The Manchurian Candidate) first novel. Read full book review >

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FINAL VICTIM by Stephen J. Cannell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 1996

"An unrelenting string of cyberbabble does not distract from his second novel's most serious problem: We've seen all this before. (Author tour)"
From veteran TV writer Cannell (The Plan, 1995), an unsuccessful psychothriller that reads like a hodgepodge of recent blockbusters in the genre. Read full book review >

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THE VIKING FUNERAL by Stephen J. Cannell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"In these further adventures of the hopelessly derivative Sergeant Scully, more is worse."
By-the-numbers thriller about a money-laundering scam spearheaded by a giant tobacco company. Not a surprise in the carload. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2000

"Had done more to illuminate the humanity of these heroes, his history would have had both merit and appeal. As it is, it is for specialists only."
The saga of a rebellious priest and a black hero-soldier who both played leading roles in the drama of emancipation during the Civil War in New Orleans. Read full book review >