Feathers - Thor Hanson

Like the Aztecs and Incas who developed skilled crafts using them, or the 19th-century milliners who set them waving from every hat, Thor Hanson is fascinated with Feathers (Basic Books, $15.99). His enthusiasm is infectious and informative. A field biologist, Hanson takes readers through what is known of the evolution of birds from dinosaurs, and speculates on the first function of feathers—which was probably not flight. He presents the various capacities of feathers to warm and cool and keep birds dry, and explains how feathers scatter light to appear colorful. He provides expert commentary on the superb design of feathers and the many ways they have benefited humans, from quill pens (“pen” from Latin penna, for “feather”) to pillows to airplanes, noting that da Vinci and the Wright brothers were all avid birdwatchers.
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ISBN: 9780465028788
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Published: Basic Books - July 31st, 2012

Private Empire - Steve Coll

Private Empire (Penguin Press, $36) is Steve Coll’s masterful study of ExxonMobil, the largest and most powerful private corporation in the United States. The company functions as “a corporate state within the American state,” Coll writes, and many of its inner workings are exposed in the book. Still, for all the book’s investigatory rigor and insight, it avoids coming across as an anti-corporate screed, instead offering a fair-minded, extensively researched and elegantly written report on ExxonMobil’s behavior.

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ISBN: 9780143123545
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Published: Penguin Books - May 28th, 2013

End This Depression Now! - Paul Krugman

In End This Depression Now! (W.W. Norton, $24.95), Paul Krugman addresses our current disastrous economic situation, explaining in blunt, often witty and always engaging prose what should be done to alleviate the suffering. Much has already been written about how we got into this mess, but Krugman’s focus is, “What do we do now?” Any regular reader of his New York Times column will not be surprised by his arguments. He thinks the government should be spending more, with a renewed focus on job creation, until the private sector is better able to carry the economy forward again.

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ISBN: 9780393088779
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 30th, 2012

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ISBN: 9780393345087
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - January 28th, 2013