In ‘By the Light of Burning Dreams,’ David and Margaret Talbot write about sweeping cultural transformation through profiles of people like Cesar Chavez, Bobby Seale, Anne Weills and Heather Booth.
UC Berkeley Professor Jennifer Doudna won the Nobel Prize for her part in unlocking the secrets of CRISPR.
This book, ‘Four Lost Cities: A Secret History of the Urban Age,’ is, above all, a wide-angle portrait of archaeologists at work.
The joint biography looks at Chester Nimitz, William Halsey, William Leahy and Ernest King.
Set in the East Bay, a young Black FBI lawyer is told to investigate a small group of eco-activist teens led by a charismatic Black man. Is the group really dangerous?
‘The Future of Another Timeline’ is the story of Tess, a middle-aged scientist who experiences 2022 as the present, and Beth, a teenage punk rocker living in the early 1990s.
Donald Trump won the 2016 election by convincing America’s right-wing populists to migrate ideologically. Can he do it again?
In ‘Scandinavian Noir,’ the Berkeley author explores what the genre tells us about the countries that spawned it.
Rose Pastor Stokes was a Russian-Jewish émigré socialist who married one of the richest men in the U.S. Together they promoted socialism – until their divorce in 1917.
His new book, “The System: Who Rigged It, How We Fix It,” explains how systemic changes over the last 40 years have reallocated power upward to a tiny portion of the population — the 1%.
He founded Stanford University but he and his partners used the railroad monopoly they built as their private property, amassing huge fortunes.
‘Six Car Lengths Behind an Elephant’ is a memoir of living under deep cover for the CIA.
The protagonist of the Berkeley author’s novel owns a book store on Telegraph Avenue, has a distaste for violent men, and bears more than a passing resemblance to “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”s Lisbeth Salander.
‘Women in Black’ tells the story of Chance Hardwick, an exceptionally handsome young man from the Heartland who arrives in Hollywood in the 1950s. He becomes a movie star but, tragically, dies young.
The range of favorites includes the history of the FBI spying on Cal students, the danger from nuclear weapons, a biography of Cornelius Vanderbilt and more.
In reviewing this book for the NYT, Joe Klein notes that “‘The Fifth Risk’ raises the most important question of the moment: Have we grown too lazy and silly and poorly educated to sustain a working democracy?”