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Sunday, January 07, 2018

9 New Books We Recommend This Week | New York Times - Book Review - Editors’ Choice

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"There’s good news and bad news on this week’s list of recommended books" says John Williams, Daily Books Editor and Staff Writer.


Well, almost exclusively bad news, at least in terms of subject matter. These picks cover the devastation of tsunamis, earthquakes and wildfires; the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918; mass extinctions; the potential for nuclear annihilation. Even the work of fiction included here is a fantasy about imminent catastrophe. The good news is the eloquent and haunting way in which these books are written.

The Doomsday Machine:
Confessions of a Nuclear
War Planner
THE DOOMSDAY MACHINE: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner, by Daniel Ellsberg. (Bloomsbury, $30.) 
When the Cold War ended in 1991, nuclear weapons vanished from the minds of most Americans. But Ellsberg, the former Defense Department analyst who leaked the Pentagon Papers, sounds an impassioned alarm, warning that the dangers of nuclear conflict remain.

The Ends of the World:
Volcanic Apocalypses, Lethal Oceans,
and Our Quest to Understand Earth's Past
Mass Extinctions
THE ENDS OF THE WORLD: Volcanic Apocalypses, Lethal Oceans, and Our Quest to Understand Earth’s Past Mass Extinctions, by Peter Brannen. (Ecco, $27.99.) 
Earth has undergone five major mass extinctions and Brannen tells us about all the destruction in great detail.
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Source: New York Times