MOON: A BRIEF HISTORY
USA/UK: Yale University Press, Germany: Kunstmann, Italy: Giunti, France: Armand Colin, Japan: Hakusui-sha,Taiwan: The Walk Publishing, South Korea: Propaganda Press, Romania: Baroque, China: Beijing United Publishing
"The book, and its wide variety of illustrations from classical texts, science fiction and other sources, describes not just the history of the celestial body but the ways it inspired the human imagination to take flight, fueled, as Proust put it, by "the ancient unalterable splendor of a Moon cruelly and mysteriously serene."
Cornelia Dean, The New York Times
"An elegant cultural history ... Brunner ably dispatches recent science and takes us on a lively tour of lunar folklore and speculative fiction." The New Yorker
"We are plunged immediately into a fascinating tour of the moon in ancient cultures. ... well written, ... full of fascinating bits of information."
James Trefil, The Washington Post
"A nimble, fast-moving survey of the silvery moon's impact upon us and our world."
Nick Owshar, Los Angeles Times
" Brunner shows how the Moon has shone silver though our dreams and destinies."
Kate Saunders, The Times
"Brunner's perky cultural history - of the Moon in superstition, song, and indeed science - encompasses many wonderful things both imaginary and actual."
Steven Poole, The Guardian
"Highly recommended." Choice
"The book is a tour de force on the relationship between man and the moon, giving equal attention to science, poetry, and mythology, while still including a welcome body of miscellanea."
Tilman Spreckelsen, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
"In his magnificent new book Bernd Brunner has entered into the orbit of the heavenly satellite and followed its stories in fiction and science through the centuries. … He is the ideal nonfiction writer because his ability to transform a cultural history into a history of a mentality."
Anja Hirsch, Deutschlandfunk (German Public Radio)
"Upon finishing the book the reader will certainly have a better grasp of how lively and diverse the effects the moon have been not only on our lives, but also on our thoughts."
Thomas Köster, NZZ am Sonntag
"An intriguing literary expedition to our nearest neighbor in space."
Patricia Fara, author of Science: A Four Thousand Year History