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The New York Times Book Review includes Jonathan Rottenberg’s The Depths in the “Shortlist” column

"In The Depths, Rottenberg proposes a new guiding theory of depression. It’s not a disease or biological imbalance; it is, rather, a mood, a persistent low emotional state that can quickly go from normal to troubling."

Scientific American reviews The Edge of the Sky

"Some of the most fundamental concepts in science can also be the most impenetrable. In an effort to make the study of the universe's origins accessible, cosmologist Trotta challenged himself to explain it using only the 1,000 most common words in English."

Roger Moorhouse, author of the upcoming The Devils' Alliance discusses the anniversary of the Soviet-Nazi pact of WWII on PRI’s The World

"With the stroke of a pen 75 years ago, two men changed the world and sealed the fate of millions. Those two men were the foreign minister of Nazi Germany, Joachim von Ribbentrop, and his Soviet counterpart, Vyacheslav Molotov. On August 23, 1939, they signed a non-aggression pact, promising not to interfere in case the other went to war."


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