David Dayen, “Fat Cat: The Steve Mnuchin Story” (Strong Arm Press, 2018)
How did a Wall Street executive and “foreclosure king” like Steve Mnuchin become the Treasury Secretary for a populist like Donald Trump, and what is he doing to the country now that he’s there? David Dayen and Rebecca Burns tackle those questions in their book Fat Cat: The Steve Mnuchin... Read More
Joe Jackson, “Black Elk: The Life of an American Visionary” (Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux, 2016)
Black Elk witnessed some of the most monumental moments in the history of the Lakota and the Northern Great Plains: Red Cloud’s War, the Battle of the Little Bighorn, the murder of Crazy Horse, Wounded Knee. In his compelling new biography, Black Elk: The Life of an American Visionary (Farrar, Strauss,... Read More
Nicholas Bauch, “Geography of Digestion: Biotechnology and the Kellogg Enterprise” (U California Press, 2017)
While most people in the US are familiar with the ubiquitous Kellogg cereal brand, few know how it relates to US geography, science and technology around the turn of the 20th century. In A Geography of Digestion: Biotechnology and the Kellogg Enterprise (University of California Press, 2017), Nicholas Bauch explores... Read More
Lindsey Fitzharris, “The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister’s Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine” (Scientific American, 2017)
Joseph Lister changed the world of medicine. In her book The Butchering Art: Joseph Lister’s Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine (Scientific American, 2017), Dr. Lindsey Fitzharris explores the gruesome world of surgery in the 19th century. At this time even a successful surgeries had extremely high mortality... Read More
Andrew S. Curran, “Diderot and the Art of Thinking Freely” (Other Press, 2019)
Denis Diderot has long been regarded as one of the leading figures of the French Enlightenment, thanks to his editorship of the influential multi-volume Encyclopédie. As Andrew S. Curran explains in his biography Diderot and the Art of Thinking Freely (Other Press, 2019) however, this was just one product of his wide-ranging literary efforts.... Read More