I love reading, researching, and end up writing a lot of book reviews on topics I read. I’m also an Amazon Vine Voice which means I write about one book review a week for them. That’s a lot of book reviews on many different topics.

Here are the ones that deal with science:

Acheu­lian Site of Gesher Benot Ya’Aqov, Israel: The Wood Assemblage

Big Red

Born on a Blue Day

Cruis­ers and Bat­tle Cruis­ers: An Illus­trated His­tory of Their Impact

Dis­rupt­ing Class


Endan­gered Minds: Why Chil­dren Don’t Think And What We Can Do About It

Evo­lu­tion of Homo Erectus

The Evo­lu­tion of Language

For­est People

Geol­ogy Under­foot in South­ern California

How the SAS Tracks the Enemy

How to Build a Midshipman

In the Shadow of Man

Land’s Wild Music

The Law of Primitive Man


Man Who Mis­took His Wife For a Hat

Meet­ing Prehistoric Man

The Naturalist

Our Inner Ape


6 Responses to “Book Reviews”

  1. April 7, 2011 at 5:57 am

    Try this one (and delete this post with no hard feelings):

    For some perspective on recent Japan events:

    I’ve worked in the US nuclear industry over twenty years. My book “Rad Decision: A Novel of Nuclear Power” happens to culminate in an accident very similar to the Japanese tragedy. (Same reactor type, same initial problem – a station blackout with scram.)

    Rad Decision is currently available free online at http://RadDecision.blogspot.com . (No adverts, nobody makes money off this site.) Reader reviews are in the homepage comments – there are plenty of them. There is also a paperback version available and a PDF download.

    The book is an excellent source of perspective for the lay person — as I’ve been hearing from readers. I’ve provided a never-seen insider’s perspective on the people, politics and technology of this controversial energy source.

    Believe me, the real world of nuclear (good and bad) bears little resemblance to what most people think — and I include in that group most of the journalists, academics and advocates currently chatting away on TV and radio.

    Rad Decision shouldn’t convince any reader that nuclear is perfectly safe or horribly unsafe. Instead it provides the reader with some background and perspective so they can make more informed judgements as the news develops.

    Unfortunately, my media presence consists of this little-known book and website, so I’m not an acknowledged “expert”. I just happpen to do the nuclear stuff for a living.

    • April 7, 2011 at 8:47 am

      James, it sounds like an excellent book. In fact, if you’d like to write a guest post on my Writers Blog (http://worddreams.wordpress.com), I’d love to share your book with my audience. I could post it on this blog, but I get 5x the readers on my writer one. Let me know if you’d like to do that.

  2. 3 Tian Liang
    September 12, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    Greetings Jacqui,

    Your site and blog stood out in my search for those interested in human origins. I was impressed by your desire to investigate the central questions of human evolution. Your extensive list of reviews, especially those relating to human origins and the uniqueness of humans, reveals your deep commitment to thinking about these problems. I’d love to hear your review and opinions on a book I’ve recently read, “Death from a Distance and the Birth of a Humane Universe” (Paul M. Bingham and Joanne Souza, 2009). This book in my opinion has finally answered the central question of how human evolved to be so profoundly different than other animals. The new theory developed in the book also makes a bridge between the natural sciences and social sciences. This puts us in the position to understand how the human present and future emerge from our evolutionary past. If we look through the perspective of this theory, we not only understand what is going on around us better, but the extensive predictive power of good theory gives us potential to falsify the theory – a very important criteria for evaluating any good scientific theory. Any theory that is not potentially falsifiable is not much better than simply good story telling. As you said, the latest sizzle in science is not just for the smart kids, it is a democratic enterprise meant for all to participate in. Let me know what you think! [I can probably arrange for the authors to send you a free copy of their book if you are interested in reviewing it. See their website at http://www.deathfromadistance.com .]

    • September 13, 2011 at 7:40 am

      That does sound fascinating. It has some impressive reviews on Amazon. Better than me reviewing it, would you like to do a guest post on the book? I think my readers would enjoy your thoughts. Just let me know if that works for you.

      • 5 Tian Liang
        September 15, 2011 at 12:55 am

        Yes, I’d like that. I will need some time to prepare the guest post. How should I send it to you when I finish?

  3. September 15, 2011 at 6:45 am

    Excellent! No rush on your end. When you’ve completed the post, email it to me at uciusna@gmail.com. Thanks, Tian, and I’m looking forward to reading your review.

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