The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds, by Michael Lewis
A review of A Most Improbable Journey: A Big History of Our Planet and Ourselves by Walter Alvarez
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Only the kidnapping of Charles Lindbergh, Jr. could match the sensationalism of Patty Hearst’s seizure from her Berkeley apartment
A review of Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939, by Adam Hochschild
A review of David Brower: The Making of the Environmental Movement, by Tom Turner; published by the University of California Press
A review of Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America, by T. J. Stiles
A review of Game Changers: Twelve Elections That Transformed California, by Steve Swatt, with Susie Swatt, Jeff Raimundo, and Rebecca LaVally; foreword by Bruce E. Cain; published by Heyday
You might not think that the subject of solid waste management would lend itself to a murder mystery. It would seem to be a stretch, wouldn’t it?
Mal Warwick, who regularly contributes book reviews to Berkeleyside, calls Frances Dinkelspiel’s ‘Tangled Vines’ “a great read,” and “crammed with fascinating characters.” He gives it five stars.
Book reviewer Mal Warwick thinks Robert Reich’s new book is “brilliant,” and “cogently and compellingly” explains complex economic issues. But while Reich is funny in person, ‘Saving Capitalism’ doesn’t contain a lot of humor, says Warwick. He still gives it five out of five stars.
Berkeley resident Steve Masover has written short stories and a screenplay, including the documentary Berkeley to Soweto. A graduate of UC Berkeley who was active in the anti-apartheid movement, Masover returned to the university in 2007 to work in its information technology division. Now he has written a novel, Consequence, which Mal Warwick reviews.
Throughout the 20th century, Berkeley has been a breeding ground of invention. Even before World War I, there was August Vollmer, who served as police chief from 1909 to 1931 and was widely regarded for transforming police work from thuggery to a modern profession.
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