The New York Times says of Greg Grandin that “through a remarkable feat of research he establishes a strong narrative line” in his new book The Empire of Necessity. In a starred review, PublishersWeekly says his “insightful, poetic explorations offer profound insight into a critical moment.” A fleet of other publications have now called the book “splendid,” “exquisite,” “engaging,” “fascinatingly intimate,” and “excellent.”
Yascha Mounk’s “German, Jewish, and Neither,” based on his book, Stranger in My Own Country, is one of this week’s most emailed articles in the New York Times.
Kayla Williams talks about Plenty of Time When We Get Home with Terry Gross on Fresh Air .
Fun Home, the theatrical adaptation of Alison Bechdel’s memoir, has been called one of the ten best plays of the year by New York Magazine. Ben Brantley called it a “beautiful heartbreaker” in the New York Times.
Nate Silver is reinventing and staffing up FiveThirtyEight.com as his vastly expanded site moves to ABC and ESPN. His book, The Signal and the Noise, was a New York Times bestseller for months. He has been called the “most famous journalist in America today, and deservedly so.”
Congratulations to Mario Livio, whose New York Times bestseller Brilliant Blunders: From Darwin to Einstein — Colossal Mistakes by Great Scientists That Changed Our Understanding of Life and the Universe was chosen by The Washington Post as one of the top fifty books of the year. He recently appeared on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart and he has drawn great reviews in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times Book Review, and the Washington Post Book Review. Even Dan Brown, the author of The DaVinci Code, tweeted he was “one of my favorite authors.”
Read a five-page review of Rana Mitter’s Forgotten Ally:China’s World War II: 1937-45 in The New Yorker. The book has also been reviewed in The Daily Beast, The Economist, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post, which says he “masterfully constructs these interlocking stories of battles, famines, massacres, diplomacy and intrigue.” The Financial Times just named it a Book of the Year.
Read the interview with Joseph Blasi and Richard Freeman on their new book The Citizen’s Share: Putting Ownership Back into Democracy with PBS’s Paul Solman.
Amy Greenberg talks about A Wicked War to the New York Times. The book has won the best book award from the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic, and the Robert Utley Award from the Western History Association.
Read Brian Fagan’s excerpt, “The Impending Deluge,” from his just-published book The Attacking Oceans: The Past, Present, and Future of Rising Sea Levels on the op-ed page of The New York Times.
Pamela Katz’s screenplay of the film Hannah Arendt was nominated for a German Academy Award, and the New York Times has named it one of the ten best films of the year.
Vali Nasr, author of The Dispensable Nation: American Foreign Policy in Decline, was interviewed on NPR’s Morning Edition.
Jonathan Rieder’s op-ed, excerpted from his book Gospel of Freedom: Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Letter from Birmingham Jail and the Struggle That Changed a Nation, is featured in The New York Times.
Stephanie Coontz had the cover of the New York Times Sunday Review to talk about the state of American gender equality. She also recently spoke with Stephen Colbert about her book A Strange Stirring: The Feminine Mystique and American Women at the Dawn of the 1960s on The Colbert Report.
ACLU president Susan Herman’s book, Taking Liberties: The War on Terror and the Erosion of American Democracy, has been awarded the 2012 Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize.
Keith Meldahl’s Hard Road West, a geological history of the westward journey, was described by The Atlantic’s literary and national editor Benjamin Schwartz as “one of the best books I’ve read in the past five years.”
Dalton Conley is profiled in The Chronicle of Higher Education for his volunteer work as Dean of Arts and Sciences for the pioneering tuition-free University of the People.
Bill Moyers calls Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson’s book, Winner-Take-All Politics, “the most important I’ve read” in years, and considers the two professors “the Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson of political science.”
Sharon McGrayne’s book on Bayes’ Rule, The Theory That Would Not Die, was lauded by Alan Krueger, the new chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, in an interview in the New York Times.
Yascha Mounk writes about Walter Laqueur’s dark vision of Europe and whether it’s right in the Wall Street Journal.
Ellen Forney has been nominated for an Eisner Award. Her memoir Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, & Me is a New York Times bestseller, and named a best book of 2012 by The Washington Post, Time, and Entertainment Weekly. Her memoir has earned raves from NPR, Time, O, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, and The Los Angeles Times, among others. She is the 2012 “Genius Award” winner, in Literature, from The Stranger magazine, and was recently interviewed on NPR’s Morning Edition.
Lucy Knisley’s Relish: My Life in the Kitchen is a New York Times Bestseller, and has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall St. Journal, USA Today, The Village Voice, Wired, and NPR, among many others, and has earned a starred review from Publishers Weekly. It has been named one of the “10 Most Anticipated Graphic Novels & Comics of 2013″ by Paste Magazine and a “Book of the Week” by PW. Her national book tour kicks off in NYC this April.
Nicole J. Georges’s Calling Dr. Laura earned a rave review from National Public Radio, and has been featured in Vanity Fair, Slate, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Oregonian and Portland Monthly, among many others. She was named one of “8 Worthy Successors to Alison Bechdel” by Flavorwire. Watch her book trailer, here.
Fred Guterl discusses The Fate of the Species with Jon Stewart on The Daily Show, with Leonard Lopate on NPR, and Dylan Ratigan on MSNBC. He explains “climate armageddon” in Scientific American, the rise of autonomous software in Slate, and global warming in The New York Times.
Martha Nussbaum discussed The New Religious Intolerance on NPR’s The Diane Rehm Show.
Laney and Gay Salisbury’s The Cruelest Miles is much discussed in “Spirit of a Racer in a Dog’s Blood,” one of the most heavily emailed articles in the New York Times.
Josh Kosman talks about the role of private equity in the US economy on PBS NewsHour.