Building Better Bodies, Protecting Data, & More | Nonfiction Previews, Feb. 2017, Pt. 4

Buting, Jerome F. Illusion of Justice: Inside Making a Murderer and America’s Broken System. Harper. Feb. 2017. 352p. ISBN 9780062569318. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062569332. TRUE CRIME The criminal defense lawyer for Steven Avery in the Teresa Halbach murder trial, chronicled in the butingheadlines-making Netflix original documentary series, Making a Murderer, Buting uses that case and others from his career to show what’s wrong with our law enforcement and legal systems. With a 50,000-copy first printing. Chopra, Deepak & Menas Kafatos. You Are the Universe: Discovering Your Cosmic Self and Why It Matters. Harmony: Crown. Feb. 2017. 288p. ISBN 9780307889164. $26; ebk. ISBN 9780307951854. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. SCIENCE/SELF-HELP New York Times best-selling inspirationalist Chopra, a pioneer of integrative medicine, and Kafatos, the Fletcher Jones Endowed Professor of Computational Physics at Chapman University, CA, join forces to examine nine vexing questions (e.g., what came before the Big Bang? does the brain create the mind?) whose resolution promises to bring us expanded potential and self-understanding. Look for an upcoming documentary based on the book. Feinman Todd, Barbara. Pretend I’m Not Here: How I Worked with Three Newspaper Icons, One Powerful First Lady, and Still Managed to Dig Myself Out of the Washington Swamp. Morrow. Feb. 2017. 320p. ISBN 9780062445100. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062445117. MEMOIR Has she got stories to tell! Since starting at the Washington Post in 1982, working with Bob Woodward as his research assistant in the paper’s investigative unit and, later, as his personal researcher for his best-selling Veil, Feinman Todd went on to become an in-demand ghostwriter and book researcher working for the likes of Carl Bernstein, Ben Bradlee, and Hillary Clinton. With a casablanca150,000-copy first printing. Isenberg, Noah. We’ll Always Have Casablanca: The Life, Legend, and Afterlife of Hollywood’s Most Beloved Movie. Norton. Feb. 2017. 336p. ISBN 9780393243123. $27.95. FILM For the 75th anniversary of Casablanca’s release, Isenberg, director of screen studies and professor of culture and media at the New School, gives us deep background on the making of the film and considers its ongoing popularity. Hey, the film might even be rereleased in movie theaters! Kolhatkar, Sheelah. Black Edge: The Inside Story of the Most Wanted Man on Wall Street. Random. Feb. 2017. 432p. ISBN 9780812995800. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780812995817. BUSINESS & ECONOMICS Staff writer at The New Yorker, Kolhatkar profiles Steven A. Cohen, a Wall Street stock-trading genius and man of excess who launched the hedge fund SAC Capital in 1992 and built it into a $15 billion empire. It all came tumbling down with a seven-year criminal and SEC investigation on insider trading (called using “black edge”) that shuttered SAC Capital and fined it nearly $2 billion. Eight employees were convicted or pleaded guilty, but not Cohen, who got off scot-free and could start a new hedge fund in a few years. Kotler, Steven & Jamie Wheal. Stealing Fire: How Silicon Valley, Special Forces and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing How We Live and Work. Dey Street: HarperCollins. Feb. 2017. 288p. ISBN 9780062429650. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062429674. BUSINESS & ECONOMICS Altered states of consciousness used to be associated primarily with drugged-out hippies, but now the concept is being explored by ambitious folks from Navy SEALS to Fortune 100 CEOs to help enhance performance. New York Times best-selling author Kotler and neurosomatics expert Wheal, cofounder and executive director, respectively, of the Flow Genome Project, explain the project’s efforts to improve human performance and how “getting into the zone” (not necessarily with drugs) mitnickcan spark creative and problem-solving efforts. With a 75,000-copy first printing. Mitnick, Kevin. The Art of Invisibility: The World’s Most Famous Hacker Teaches You How To Be Safe in the Age of Big Brother and Big Data. Little, Brown. Feb. 2017. 320p. ISBN 9780316380508. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780316380492. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316380515. Downloadable: Hachette Audio. COMPUTERS/SECURITY Once on a three-year run from the FBI for his seemingly magical hacking abilities, as described in his over 100,000-copy best-selling memoir, Ghost in the Wires, the reformed Mitnick here gives step-by-step instructions on how we can protect ourselves from online invasion. With a 75,000-copy first printing. O’Connell, Mark. To Be a Machine: Adventures Among Cyborgs, Utopians, Hackers, and the Futurists Solving the Modest Problem of Death. Doubleday. Feb. 2017. 256p. ISBN 9780385540414. $26.95; ebk. ISBN 9780385540421. Downloadable: Random Audio. COMPUTERS Transhumanism? That’s the use of technology to enhance human intellectual and physical capability, and it’s explored here by Slate books columnist O’Connell, who visited laboratories and conferences, visionaries and programmers to write this book. Your chance to learn about mind uploading, artificial superintelligence, cryonics, and device implants—not so way out anymore. Piore, Adam. The Body Builders: Inside the Science of the Engineered Human. Ecco. Feb. 2017. 384p. ISBN 9780062347145. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062347169. SCIENCE By uniting machine and human, hacking our genetic codes, and understanding the body’s molecular piorestructure through engineering principles, cutting-edge scientists are pushing us beyond our natural limitations. And it’s not really about gold-medal Olympics performances. From regrowing damaged legs to using telepathy to assist those who can no longer speak, these new techniques are helping ordinary individuals everywhere build better bodies and better lives. With a 75,000-copy first printing. Schutt, Bill. Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History. Algonquin. Feb. 2017. 352p. ISBN 9781616204624. $26.95. NATURAL HISTORY It’s unsettling to learn that for thousands of species, including humans, eating one’s own kind is natural behavior. Humans have indulged in times of famine, for instance, and during burial rites. As Schutt is a research associate at the American Museum of Natural History whose Dark Banquet: Blood and the Curious Lives of Blood-Feeding Creatures was an LJ Best Sci-Tech Book of 2008, he knows his stuff. He’s just worried that with the impact of overcrowding and global warming, we’ll start eating one another again. Seaman, Donna. Identity Unknown: Rediscovering Seven American Women Artists. Bloomsbury. Feb. 2017. 368p. ISBN 9781620407585. $32. BIOGRAPHY/ARTISTS Can’t women paint and sculpt, too? Booklist editor Seaman, who has studied fine arts, answers affirmatively by excavating the careers of seven American women artists now mostly forgotten but richly inventive nevertheless. Featured here: artists from surrealist Gertrude Abercrombie to the Harlem Renaissance’s Lois Mailou Jones to Christina Ramberg, who was inspired by pop culture and advertising. Sutherland Amy. Rescuing Penny Jane: One Shelter Volunteer, Countless Dogs, and the Quest To Find Them All. Harper. Feb. 2017. 288p. ISBN 9780062377234. $26.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062377265. PETS Boston Globe columnist and best-selling author Sutherland draws on extensive research, her work at a shelter, and her life with two rescue dogs to explain how shelters work and why a growing number of people are trying hard to find these animals good homes. Especially important because a third of WADMANU.S. pets come from shelters; with a 35,000-copy first printing. Wadman Meredith. The Vaccine Race: Science, Politics, and the Human Costs of Defeating Disease. Viking. Feb. 2017. 448p. ISBN 9780525427537. $28; ebk. ISBN 9780698177789. Downloadable: Penguin Audio. SCIENCE In 1962, biologist Leonard Hayflick used fetal tissue to create the sterile biological environment needed to develop vaccines against devastating childhood diseases, facilitating the development a few years later of a vaccine for rubella—just as an epidemic began sweeping America. A copycat group of cells was later used to develop more vaccines, with these two groups of cells having now guaranteed protection to close to 150 billion people worldwide. Medical reporter Wadman tracks the unfolding story of vaccination, covering ethical questions and political push-back. Especially timely as Zika emerges. Wright, James. Enduring Vietnam: An American Generation and Its War. Thomas Dunne Books: St. Martin’s. Feb. 2017. 464p. ISBN 9781250092489. $27.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250092496. HISTORY Americans growing up in the Fifties and Sixties were profoundly affected by the American war in Vietnam, none more so than those who actually fought. President Emeritus and Eleazar Wheelock Professor of History Emeritus at Dartmouth College, Wright critically assesses America’s entrance into battle while giving voice to those who served. Why did they enter the military? What was the experience like? And what was it like for the families of those who did not return?

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