Carrreyrou was the first journalist to cast a critical eye on Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos. Here he fleshes out the story, not only of deceit but also willing suspension of disbelief. Holmes remains an enigma, but he writes compellingly about the employers, investors, Board of Directors, and CEOs of partner corporations whose fear of missing out and desperate desire to believe in the technology overrode due diligence and just plain common sense. Perhaps saddest is the account of George P. Schultz, whose family was torn apart by his refusal to believe, despite evidence, his own whistleblower grandson. A cautionary tale and necessary antidote to Silicon Valley fairy tales.
What do you remember about Chernobyl? Not the true story, not the full story. Adam Higginbotham spent 10 years researching letters, documents, memoirs, and declassified Soviet archives. He also interviewed many men and women who witnessed the disaster and its aftermath first-hand. From this wealth of material he has created a compelling narrative of the events of April 26, 1986, the actions (heroic and otherwise) of people on the scene, in Kiev, and in Moscow, and the repercussions that followed over weeks, years and decades. Through Higginbotham's skillful writing we come to know these people and to understand that no system designed by humans is truly fail-safe - and that we must consider not only the risk but the consequences of inevitable failure.
The Falcon Thief: A True Tale of Adventure, Treachery, and the Hunt for the Perfect Bird has it all. Part true-crime adventure and part history of falconry and wildlife, the book unfolds in 2010 when Jeffrey Lendrum was stopped in a Birmingham National Airport with a suspicious packet bundled to his chest that was discovered to contain 14 peregrine falcon eggs...
The riveting narrative of the wolves of Yellowstone has amazing depth and is a fascinating study of wolves not only as a species but as very distinctive individuals. Rick McIntyre was out before dawn every day for fifteen years to observe these wolves, and this resulting book is a treasure.
This is the saddest and most maddening critical history I have read since Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. If you want to understand why, and how, we are still mired in the Middle East, this is the book to read.
Took me a long time to get around to reading this. Now that I leave, I can't wait to begin re-reading it. Every good thing you've heard about this book doesn't do it justice.
A near-future dystopian novel by the author of The Windup Girl.
Through his compelling characters, Bacigalupi explores the disparate effects income inequality has on technology, society and personal ethics in the face of changes brought about by climate change. It deals with water rights and water privatization on the Colorado River in an arid American Southwest, making it a particularly timely “summer read”—but one that will leave you thinking about it past summer.
Tara Westover describes her often harrowing path to maturity and independence, showing us th eintangible benefits as well as the unforseen costs of an education. We feel her grief over all she has lost, but in the end it is outweighed by tremendous admiration for her intelligence and courage.