Moshe Halbertal, Gruss Professor of Law at NYU School of Law, and Noah Feldman, Bemis Professor of International Law at Harvard Law School, discuss Halbertal’s new book, Maimonides: Life and Thought.
Each week we post a round-up of some of our most exciting national and international PUP book coverage. Reviews, interviews, events, articles–this is the spot for coverage of all things “PUP books” that took place in the last week. Enjoy!
THIS WEEK IN REVIEWS
Science or religion? How about science and religion. You can have both with the two Princeton University Press books that were reviewed in the Times Higher Education this week. Margaret Lock’s The Alzheimer Conundrum is described as “a gem for young scientists and medical students,” and the THE says:
Lock’s rigorous unpacking of research studies and refusal to accept statements and conclusions from research papers at face value result in a thorough and honest appraisal of the current state of the field.
While many of us are familiar with such famous words as, “Dearly beloved, we are gathered together here. . .” or “Ashes to ashes, dust to dust,” we may not know that they originated with The Book of Common Prayer, which first appeared in 1549. Check out the THE review of Alan Jacob’s The Book of Common Prayer: A Biography. Willy Maley writes that “Jacobs’ treatment of the afterlife of one of the most important works in the English language – perhaps the only afterlife there is – is elegant and authoritative.” We agree! See for yourself by reading the introduction.
In his rigorous and insightful study Maimonides: Life and Thought, Moshe Halbertal reintroduces readers to this rabbi-scientist, who insisted that faith should be an enterprise based on reason.
This book provides a comprehensive and accessible introduction to Maimonides’ life and work, revealing how his philosophical sensibility and outlook informed his interpretation of Jewish tradition. You can view the introduction here.
Working on your “notable people” reading list? Well in addition to Maimonides, you can add two Franz Kafka titles. Kafka: The Years of Insight and Kafka: The Decisive Years are reviewed in the Australian. Pick up these books, described as “remarkable” and “sublimely Kafkaesque.” And mark your calendar for the third installment. Reiner Stach worked extensively on the definitive edition of Kafka’s collected works before embarking on this three-volume biography. The first volume, covering Kafka’s childhood and youth, is forthcoming.
Since Hanukkah is officially underway as of Wednesday night, we at the Press would like to say Happy Hanukkah by showing off some of our most interesting books about Jewish culture and history. So take a break from your Black Friday shopping and check out some of these Jewish gems!