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Book Review: The hero of Hitler's dreams
A groundbreaking new study situates the Turkish revolution of the 1920s amidst Nazi political thought. The Mausoleum of Atatürk in Ankara.. (photo credit:SETH J. FRANTZMAN). Share on Facebook Share on Twitter. On October 30, two long rows of Nazi ...

Risky Business
From “Beijing Jeep,” Jim Mann 's classic 1989 account of the failure of the first Sino-American joint-venture car manufacturer, to “Poorly Made in China,” Paul Midler 's 2009 collection of assorted fiascos in beauty-product manufacturing, these are the ...

Book Review: Paddlenorth
Reading Ottawa-based writer Jennifer Kingsley's new book, Paddlenorth (Greystone Books, $26.95), you can't help but envision an idyllic place: The endless expanse of the Canadian tundra, the relentless flow of a wild river, and iconic megafauna roaming ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Michelangelo: Complete Works'
To commemorate this important anniversary, Taschen has reissued Frank Zollner's classic 2007 book, “Michelangelo: Complete Works.” The edition has been updated in various ways, including: affordability ($69.99, versus the original price tag of $200 ...

Comic Book Review – Star Trek/Planet of the Apes #1
StarTrek_PlanetofApes1 It's the crossover nobody ever expected! STAR TREK: The hope for the best of mankind's future! PLANET OF THE APES: A chilling look at the fall of humanity! How could these worlds possibly collide? What could possibly cause ...

Book Review - American Past Time: A Novel
Set in 1953, Dancer Stonemason is a minor league pitcher who is on the brink of a Labor Day call-up to the St. Louis Cardinals. The chance to play with the likes of Stan Musial and Enos Slaughter at the Major League level. Who wouldn't want to play ...

Book review: 'American Musicals,' two vols., edited by Laurence Maslon
AMERICAN MUSICALS. Volume One: 1927-1949. Volume Two: 1950-1969. Edited by Laurence Maslon. Library of America. 1,496 pp. $75 for the pair The Library of America's collection of 16 classic American musicals gives overdue recognition to the ...

Book review: 'Wagstaff: Before and After Mapplethorpe, a Biography' by Philip ...
Book review: 'Wagstaff: Before and After Mapplethorpe, a Biography' by Philip ...

Book Review Podcast: Charles D'Ambrosio's 'Loitering'
In The New York Times Book Review, Phillip Lopate reviews Charles D'Ambrosio's “Loitering: New and Collected Essays.” Mr. Lopate writes: In the preface to “Loitering,” his new and collected essays, Charles D'Ambrosio presents himself as a true believer ...

Book review: 'The Courage of Cat Campbell;
Just over a year ago, Natasha Lowe of Deerfield became a star in the field of children's literature with her magical novel “The Power of Poppy Pendle.” Lowe has just produced a sequel to “Poppy” with all the charm of the original. In the first book ...

For The New Year, Ray Bradbury's Buoyant Vision Of The Future
He wrote, in his time, a lot of books. Ten times as many short stories. Scripts and poems and, for all I know, grocery lists that were more elegant and more lovely than the masterworks of most writers working today. But of all his collections, A Sound ...

Fiction Chronicle: Graceful Mastery
The majority of such books that come out each year are debut offerings and the stories therein produced in creative-writing programs. The authors are on the make, more attracted to the convenience of the form than its artistic possibilities. The ...

The Generalissimo & the Chairman
Throughout the book, Mr. Bernstein draws upon Chinese-language journalism and memoirs, as in a wonderful chapter evoking the jubilant mood in China just after Japan's surrender in September 1945, where he translates a section of a memoir by Shi Zhe, ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Being Mortal'
If you can read this book and not be jolted by the cold reality depicted by the author concerning end-of-life issues and the failure of American health care in addressing these issues, then you're either blind, naïve, woefully ignorant, or “all of the ...

Book review: 'Blackballed: The Black Vote and US Democracy,' by Darryl Pinckney
An award-winning novelist and frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books, Pinckney blends memoir and historical reflection in the two essays that compose this book. As a legatee of the civil rights struggles that peaked in the 1960s, he ...

Book review: 'Massacre: The Life and Death of the Paris Commune,” by John ...
Book review: 'Massacre: The Life and Death of the Paris Commune,” by John ...

Book Review: 'When the Words are Spoken,' A Romance with a Message by ...
Book Review: 'When the Words are Spoken,' A Romance with a Message by ...

Breath of Dragons: Vanished by Tina M. Randolph Book Review
In this new series for young adults, author Tina M. Randolph blends high fantasy and science fiction, creating a futuristic but otherworldly land where dragons and their mysterious powers mix with people to form an elite ruling class of dragon and ...

Book Review: The Systems View of Life; A Unifying Vision
It's been a long time since I've been so excited about reading a non-fiction book, let alone a text book. But this one has captivated my interest by pulling together so many ideas and threads of scientific knowledge and wisdom. The core message of this ...

'I Think You're Totally Wrong' by David Shields and Caleb Powell
That it is outrageously entertaining, as is the rest of this talking book, constructed out of four days' worth of unceasing dialogue between two old friends and sometime rivals, should go without saying. Shields invites Powell to spend a long weekend ...

'The Girl on the Train' by Paula Hawkins
This is, thank goodness, an era of complex and mighty female characters. In books like Gillian Flynn's “Gone Girl”, Kimberly McCreight's “Reconstructing Amelia”, and Rosamund Lupton's “Sister” and in TV shows such as “Orange Is the New Black” and ...

'Honeydew' by Edith Pearlman
I mentioned earlier that it is easy to recognize a Pearlman story, and her readers — especially those of her previous collection, “Binocular Vision”, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award and was a National Book Award finalist — will get ...

Book review: The Mississippi Secession Convention
Among the most prolific authors writing Mississippi history today, Timothy B. Smith provides a comprehensive account of the Secession Convention. In the bibliographic essays opening this monograph, Smith makes the case that other historians have ...

Business book review: Anticipate: The Art of Leading by Looking Ahead
Author Rob-Jan De Jong's Vision 101 exercises help you move forward. But before you answer the questions in Appendix A, stretch your imagination by adopting his eight mindset-changing practices: 1. Yes, and … vs. Yes, but … Using and in your response ...

Book review: 'Without You, There Is No Us'
At times in the book, it's hard to tell whether the North Koreans or the Christians are more rigid in their beliefs. Kim loves her students - who lie constantly and easily, who accept surveillance as a given, who are taught above all else to hate South ...

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Due to the sensitive nature of the material, the book was vetted by the CIA and employs the usual caveats: Names, details and time frames have been “adjusted,” and the “true set-piece plot against Hajj Radwan” cannot be provided. Within those ...

Book review: 'Descent' by Tim Johnston
“Descent” by Tim Johnston (Algonquin Books, 375 pages, Jan. 6). “Descent” is a literary thriller set in the Rocky Mountains. It is by Tim Johnston, the author of a young adult novel, “Never So Green,” and a collection of short stories, “Irish Girl ...

Book review: 'W: Stories' by Stefano Tonchi
This book, which also includes a foreword by editor in chief Stefano Tonchi, shines light on that commitment through accounts by the fashion directors, legendary photographers and models who help write fashion history. An essay by Tulsa native Amber ...

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Book review: 'Sometimes the Wolf' by Urban Waite. A deputy sheriff must come to terms with his ex-convict father, who was imprisoned for 12 years. Can either of them be trusted? Oklahoman Published: January 4, 2015. Advertisement. “Sometimes the Wolf” ...

Book review: Tennis Shoes series stretches to 12 with 'Drums of Desolation ...
Book review: Tennis Shoes series stretches to 12 with 'Drums of Desolation ...

Book review: An alphabet soup of maladies of the digital age
ADT is a bit like Attention Deficit Disorder but is caused by outside events. We don't need Ritalin for it. Instead, we need to read his book. "Driven to Distraction at Work: How to Focus and Be More Productive" is published by Harvard Business Review ...

Book review: 'Descent' by Tim Johnston
The most common thriller plot may be that of the girl or young woman who vanishes and is feared to be either a captive or dead. That fear set in motion Stieg Larsson's “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” Dennis Lehane's “Mystic River,” Laura Lippman's ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Why Place Matters: Geography, Identity, and Civic Life in ...
BOOK REVIEW: 'Why Place Matters: Geography, Identity, and Civic Life in ...

Book Review: The Impending Monetary Revolution, the Dollar and Gold - Somewhat Reasonable
impendingmonetaryrevolution The first edition of Edmund Contoski's book,The Impending Monetary Revolution, the Dollar and Gold was excellent, and would be an outstanding textbook in a college economics course. The second edition, released in ...

'Her' by Harriet Lane
From its arresting beginning when two women cross paths in a park, “Her” unfurls a tenacious set of tenterhooks. Nina, catching sight of Emma at play with Emma's toddler, Christopher, is gripped by a jolt of recognition: “The sensation of it, of ...

Book Review - "The Vaccine Court" by Wayne Rohde
For many of us, the passage of the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 which established the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP), otherwise known as the "Vaccine Court" has been an unmitigated disaster for the health of ...

The Study of the Distributional Outcomes of Innovation: A Book Review
She has studied innovation and inequality for nearly three decades and recently was co-principal investigator of a large transatlantic collaboration on the topic of which this book is one product. Thakur is assistant professor at the College of Public ...

Book Review: 'The Face of Fear,' A Thriller by Dean Koontz
The title of this book tells you well what to expect of it: fear, suspense, red-hot emotions and unexpected twists and turns of the plot. Add to this the fact that the novel was written by Dean Koontz, a famous master of thrillers, and you won't be ...

Review: Book Balances Funny, Fragile Times of Bob Hope
Zoglin enlivens his book with scores of jokes from Hope's routines (he said of President Harry Truman, a former haberdasher, "Never trust a politician who knows how to measure your inseam") and isn't afraid to point out that his routines could be tired ...

Book review: 'Honeydew,' short stories by Edith Pearlman
If you have never read Edith Pearlman, you're in for a lovely surprise, and if you have, you're in for another treat. “Honeydew,” her first story collection since “Binocular Vision,” winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction in 2012 ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'A Royal Experiment: The Private Life of King George III'
In this massively detailed royal biography it seems unfortunate and even unlikely that it takes more than 300 pages to reach the topic of porphyria, the strange disease that made England's George III known as “the mad king” and came close to wrecking ...

Book review: Local author, David Riley Bertsch, re...
Book review: Local author, David Riley Bertsch, re...

Book Review: Daily Rituals: How Artists Work
Readers are likely to split sharply on the value of Mason Currey's Daily Rituals: How Artists Work, a collection of very brief descriptions of the routines of creative people — writers, mostly, but also artists, musicians, philosophers, scientists ...

Book Review: 'Vanished: The Search for Sally Hunt,' A Paranormal Mystery by ...
Book Review: 'Vanished: The Search for Sally Hunt,' A Paranormal Mystery by ...

Biography balances funny, fragile times of Bob Hope
Zoglin enlivens his book with scores of jokes from Hope's routines (he said of President Harry Truman, a former haberdasher, “Never trust a politician who knows how to measure your inseam”) and isn't afraid to point out that his routines could be tired ...

Meredith Wild's "HARD LIMIT" Hits #1 on New York Times Book Review, Sells ...
Meredith Wild's "HARD LIMIT" Hits #1 on New York Times Book Review, Sells ...

The devil wears de la Renta
This is important since the first half of Carlson's book covers a lot of familiar territory. Yahoo's origins have been well-documented in magazine feature stories and in the 2002 book Inside Yahoo!: Reinvention and the Road Ahead by Karen Angel. For ...

Book Review: 'Descent' By Tim Johnson
Alan Cheuse reviews Descent by Tim Johnson. Copyright © 2015 NPR. For personal, noncommercial use only. See Terms of Use. For other uses, prior permission required. ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: The premise of "Descent," a new novel by Tim Johnston, ...

Book Review: 'Descent' By Tim Johnson
Book Review: 'Descent' By Tim Johnson. Alan Cheuse reviews Descent by Tim Johnson. 0 Comments. by Alan Cheuse · Listen to this story. Jan, 06 2015 — (All Things Considered) —. Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit (link) . Missing some ...

Book review: 'Essays After Eighty,' by former US Poet Laureate Donald Hall
“Old age is a ceremony of losses,” Donald Hall writes from what he calls the “unknown, unanticipated galaxy” of antiquity. “Essays After Eighty” is his latest poignant, perspicacious and dryly amusing book — volume number 33, by my reckoning — of ...


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