Trans: A Memoir by Juliet Jacques. (Verso) The author, who chronicled her sex-reassignment surgery and transition in columns for The Guardian, writes lucidly about her coming-of-age and experiences of feeling out of place. As she puts it, “I felt trapped not by my body but a society that didn’t want me to modify it.”
Big Science: Ernest Lawrence and the Invention That Launched the Military-Industrial Complex by Michael Hiltzik. (Simon & Schuster) Lawrence, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist, played a role in the Manhattan Project, and his inventions helped set a trend of enormous projects. But chief among his contributions was developing, as one admirer put it, “the modern way of doing science.” By forging closer ties between science and politics, he helped make science far more interdisciplinary.
The Nixon Tapes: 1973 edited by Douglas Brinkley and Luke A. Nichter. (Mariner/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) In these illuminating transcripts, the president’s words from a turbulent period speak for themselves. At the outset of this volume of the tapes, Nixon has won re-election but soon turns to obsessing over the gathering Watergate scandal and plotting his response.
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