… is a very interesting read. Details here.
Meanwhile, the Rachel Maddow Interview: Continue reading Comey’s Book
I usually think of flip-lift books as being appropriate for little kids who can’t read yet. I remember my daughter being obsessed, for two years or more, with an Arthur flip book. She needed to look under every single flap, in order (many were in fact numbered or had letters on them, to teach counting and the alphabet, so there was indeed an order). There were pictures, not words, under the flaps. Continue reading Life on Earth: Dinosaurs; A Kids science book
Do you worry that your kid is going to be rejected from civilization, or, at least, college or the boy scouts or something, because of dumb stuff they do on line? Do you see evidence that your children are copying the jerky characters that grace our TV screens and movies, and are becoming too annoying, compared to how we all were when we grew up? Do you want to just tell the up coming generation to GET OFF THE LAWN!!!!
Here is a way to do that. Continue reading How to keep your kids out of trouble in this modern age
Strange Survivors: How Organisms Attack and Defend in the Game of Life by Oné R. Pagán is an excellent book with the evolutionary arms race, competition, and nature red in tooth and claw (and many other parts) as its theme. Well written and humorous, and scientifically accurate.
Mike Haubrich and I interviewed the author, and the Ikonokast Podcast of that interview IS HERE.
From the Publisher: Continue reading Strange Survivors: Book Note
I want to tell you about a new and excellent award winning science book. It is about a Bald Eagle. Continue reading Beauty, Beak, Biotechnology, Birds
BOOK NOTE: I interrupt this book review to note that Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman is currently available, again, as a Kindle book, for two bucks. And now returning to our regularly scheduled review.
Garden Insects of North America: The Ultimate Guide to Backyard Bugs is not a pocket field guide. How could it be? There are over a million species of insects and probably a lot more (huge numbers certainly remain to be discovered) and of them, some 100,000 exist in North America. I’m actually not sure how many are represented in this book, but several thousand distributed among some 3,000 illustrations, mostly color photographs. Continue reading Garden Insects of North America: Ultimate Guide to Backyard Bugs, New Edition
It is always fun to see a well done academic treatment of a subject of wide general interest. A History of the Future: Prophets of Progress from H. G. Wells to Isaac Asimov by Peter Bowler is such a thing. Continue reading A History of the Future by Peter Bowler
For a holiday gift this year, consider giving a book about politics, since politics this year is so very special.
There are two kinds of books out this year of special interest. There is a plethora of books that expose the evil underpinnings of the white supremacist meritocratic oligarchic patriarchy. And, there is a growing collection of books about the last time America was going under for the third time, and the people of those times. Here is a selection for you to ponder. Continue reading Give The Gift of Nostalgia and Angst
Before we get to a handful of holiday suggestions, there are two books currently available cheap in Kindle format: Continue reading Books you haven’t thought of to give someone for the holidays
The Despot’s Apprentice: Donald Trump’s Attack on Democracy by Brian Klass. It is the current Amazon best seller in the category … wait for it … “facism.” Here’s the details: Continue reading The Despot’s Apprentice: Donald Trump’s Attack on Democracy (Book Note)
Arduino Project Handbook, Volume 2: 25 Simple Electronics Projects for Beginners is a followup of the previously reviewed Arduino Project Handbook (volume 1).
Like the previous volume, Volume II is for people first exploring the world of homemade DIY microcontroller fun. Continue reading Arduino Project Handbook Volume 2
Catalysts, Explorers & Secret Keepers: Women of Science Fiction, is a publication of the Museum of Science Fiction, and it was released in Kindle form moments ago.
This is just out: Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics by Lawrence O’Donnell, lately of MSNBC. Continue reading New Book by Lawrence O’Donnell