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.
These are the best-selling books for the past week.
|Einstein and the Quantum: The Quest of the Valiant Swabian by A. Douglas Stone|
|The Great Escape: Health, Wealth, and the Origins of Inequality by Angus Deaton|
|The New York Nobody Knows: Walking 6,000 Miles in the City by William B. Helmreich|
|The Gamble: Choice and Chance in the 2012 Presidential Election by John Sides & Lynn Vavreck|
|The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism by Robert E. Buswell Jr. & Donald S. Lopez Jr.|
|Maimonides: Life and Thought by Moshe Halbertal|
|Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age by W. Bernard Carlson|
|What W. H. Auden Can Do for You by Alexander McCall Smith|
|The Warbler Guide by Tom Stephenson & Scott Whittle|
|Afghanistan: A Cultural and Political History by Thomas Barfield|