Posted 12.26.08: The Wall Street Journal named David A. Price's The Pixar Touch and James Rosen's The Strong Man among the ten "Best Books of 2008."
Posted 12.12.08: The Washington Post and Kirkus Reviews both have named Arthur Herman's Gandhi & Churchill one of the "Best Books of 2008," and Fast Company magazine has named David A. Price's The Pixar Touch one of ten "Best Business Books of 2008."
Posted 12.10.08: The Institute for Justice has agreed to represent Carla T. Main in a nusiance suit brought against her book Bulldozed, about eminent domain and the "Kelo" decision (the suit even includes the writer of a blurb for her book, Richard A. Epstein, as well as book reviewers). Read more about it at: Institute for Justice.
Posted 11.11.08: Best African American Fiction 2009 gets a starred review in Publishers Weekly: “A masterful bouquet of literary flowers, some grand, some subtle, but none shrinking…. With something for every reader's taste, this is a collection not to be missed.” Forthcoming in January, the 2009 edition's Guest Editor is Lynn E. Harris and the Series Editor is Gerald Early.
Posted 11.02.08: The Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Sciences announced the election of Howard Markel, M.D., Ph.D. to its membership. Election to the Institute of Medicine is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service. Dr. Markel, the author of When Germs Travel, is George E. Wantz Distinguished Professor of the History of Medicine; director, Center for the History of Medicine; and professor of pediatrics and communicable diseases at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Posted 10.03.08: "A cracking good read."—Kirkus Reviews on Best African American Essays 2009, for which Gerald Early is Series Editor and Debra J. Dickerson is the year's Guest Editor. It will be published by Bantam in January.
Posted 09.10.08: Some recent sales: former Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham's Lights Out!: The Energy Emergency Confronting America to St. Martin's Press; A. R. Ammons's Complete Poems to W.W. Norton; Ian Ayres's Carrots and Sticks: The New High-Powered World of Incentives to Bantam; Jack Balkin's & Reva Siegel's The Constitution in 2020 to Oxford University Press; Michael Barone's Chasing the American Dream: The Untold History of American Migrations and the Changing Shape of the United States to Crown; David K.C. Cooper, M.D.'s Cutting to the Heart: A History of Heart Surgeons to Kaplan; Andrew Ferguson's College Crazy: Confessions of a Baaaaad Dad to Simon & Schuster; David Gelernter's Seeing Judaism Whole: Towards a Torah of the Mind to Yale University Press; Dr. F. Gonzalez-Crussi's Carrying the Heart: Stories and Reflections About Our Inner Organs to Kaplan; Shahar Arzy's & Moshe Idel's Kabbalah: Neural Perspectives to Yale University Press; Donald Kagan's Thucydides to Viking Penguin; Michael A. Ledeen's Accomplice to Evil: Iran and the War Against the West to St. Martin's Press; Dr. Sherwin B. Nuland's The Soul of Medicine: Tales from the Bedside to Kaplan; Norman Podhoretz's Why Are Jews Liberals? to Doubleday; Diane Ravitch's In Defense of Public Education to Basic Books; James S. Romm's To the Strongest to Alfred A. Knopf.
Posted 09.02.08: "A magnificent piece of journalism and scholarship."—Duncan Currie reviewing James Rosen's The Strong Man: John Mitchell and the Secrets of Watergate in the current National Review.
Posted 08.11.08: In the current issue of Congressional Quarterly, Jeff Stein, CQ's National Security Editor, writes on The Human Factor by Ishmael Jones: "A 25-year veteran of the CIA's clandestine service has written a scathing—and unauthorized—account of the spy agency's management, setting up an unprecedented legal test of former employees' rights to pen tell-all books. Writing under the pseudonym 'Ishmael Jones,' the author says he wrote The Human Factor: Inside the CIA's Dysfunctional Intelligence Culture in order to 'improve the system and help it defend ourselves and our allies.'... Jones, who did a stint as a Marine Corps officer after college, presents a withering portrait of the CIA as suffering from a timid, self-serving bureaucracy that has stifled initiative and failed to recruit meaningful spies. The CIA has also misled Congress on its spending, he maintains, diverting billions of dollars that were supposed to bolster its spying operations overseas into a dramatic expansion of offices inside the United States.... Jones is merciless in his depiction of the spy agency's work in Iraq.... But Jones saves his hottest anger for what he describes as self-dealing CIA managers who, he says, have avoided or mismanaged clandestine operations around the globe." The Human Factor is just out from Encounter Books.
Posted 06.22.08: In a full page review in the Sunday New York Times Book Review, Michael Hirschorn writes of David A. Price's The Pixar Touch: "Price is a smart reporter and a solid writer. He deftly makes computer arcana palatable, even interesting. And he is excellent at explaining how much work went into creating the complex images we take for granted today.... This is an inspiring tale."
Posted 06.22.08: In Sunday's Washington Post Book World, Edwin M. Yoder, Jr. reviews Arthur Herman's joint biography of Gandhi and Churchill: "There was a time not so long ago when Winston Churchill, England's World War II prime minister, was all but universally admired among English-speaking peoples—and not by them alone.... Revisionism has set in, however. The best of the current revisionist books is Arthur Herman's Gandhi & Churchill, a worthy successor to his wonderfully readable How the Scots Invented the Modern World.... Herman's book focuses on two imposing figures who epitomized the clash between traditional imperialism and the gathering anti-colonial insurgency, and he tells their stories stylishly and eloquently.... He has probed beneath the stereotypes."
Posted 06.22.08: William Safire in today's New York Times Magazine: "The Strong Man, by James Rosen, subtitled 'John Mitchell and the Secrets of Watergate', is the most revealing and insightful book I've read about that era. Profoundly researched for 20 years by a reporter scrupulous about source notes, it is both a sympathetic and an unsparing character study of a complex historic figure previously portrayed as the caricature of a villain. I knew the dour Mitchell almost 'in full' and can attest to this being a Pulitzer-quality biography."
Posted 06.10.08: In the first issue of the new UK magazine Standpoint, John Gross writes that Mary Lefkowitz "has returned to the fray" with History Lesson, a book about the personal and professional battles the author fought to refute Afrocentrist claims that the ancient Greeks stole their culture from Egypt. Gross notes that the book "is essentially a memoir, but it also offers some searching reflections on present-day academic and intellectual life," and concludes that History Lesson "is not just a cautionary tale. It is also a heartening reminder of how much can be accomplished, in the face of intimidation and appeasement, by principled resistance."
Posted 06.06.08: In today's New York Times, Barry Gewen reviews Sherwin B. Nuland's The Uncertain Art: Thoughts on a Life in Medicine: "A delightful, companionable collection.... There's much to be learned from these brief, erudite pieces.... It's ideal airport or bathroom reading."
Posted 06.05.08: Carla T. Main's Bulldozed: "Kelo," Eminent Domain, and the American Lust for Land is the winner of a Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Award.
Posted 05.30.08: Robert D. Novak calls James Rosen's The Strong Man an "engrossing account of a flawed regime whose secrets do not fail to shock us almost four decades later," in the May 26 issue of The Weekly Standard. He praises Rosen for bringing out John Mitchell's "warmer side" while he "conceals nothing" of Mitchell's faults, repeatedly highlighting the author's "unfailingly honest reportage."
Posted 05.30.08: In his review of Arthur Herman's Gandhi & Churchill for the National Review, Paul Johnson writes that the "juxtaposition of these two extraordinary men makes for a fascinating story," one which Herman tells both "accurately and fairly."
Posted 05.20.08: James Rosen's The Strong Man has made news in a story carried by The New York Times here
Posted 05.19.08: Another terrific review of The Pixar Touch: "Successfully brings to life the band of animation enthusiasts behind Toy Story, Finding Nemo, and The Incredibles. The book deserves a thumbs-up for its artful recounting of the studio's formative years.... Full of fascinating characters, all struggling—in classic Pixar film style—to overcome seemingly impossible odds.... Parts of The Pixar Touch are so richly told that I wished I'd written it myself."—BusinessWeek
Posted 05.14.08: Today's Wall Street Journal on David A. Price's The Pixar Touch: "The conventional wisdom—not discouraged by the company itself—is that Pixar's genius flows from Steve Jobs.... The truth is much more complex and far more interesting.... Mr. Price, in addition to offering unprecedented detail about the notoriously press-shy company's workings, tells a story that abounds with lessons for business people and creative artists alike." And the current Entertainment Weekly says, "Price, a tough, unsentimental reporter, ferrets out lots of backstage drama from fresh sources, weaving a commendably unvarnished history."