Search Results: "Allan H. Meltzer"


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WHY CAPITALISM? by Allan H. Meltzer
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2012

"A lively, politically challenging contribution to a developing discussion on how to change international monetary arrangements."
Meltzer (Political Economy/Carnegie Mellon Univ.; A History of the Federal Reserve, Volume 2, Book 1, 1951-1969, 2010, etc.) provides a concise alternative to current economic policies for those who look with suspicion at the writings of economists and financial specialists. Read full book review >

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CHINA IN TEN WORDS by Yu Hua
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 8, 2011

"More engaging than profound, Yu Hua's essays say much about the continuing enigma that is China."
Acclaimed Chinese novelist Yu Hua (Brothers, 2010, etc.) offers a series of essays that combine memoir and trenchant social critique. Read full book review >

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THE SEVENTH DAY by Yu Hua
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"Compelling moments and black humor go some way toward relieving the lugubrious funk of this episodic work, which might adapt well as a one-man show for John Leguizamo but falls short of being a fully realized novel."
In this melancholy view of the afterlife, dying without a burial place leaves a man in limbo, where he revisits his life through memories and the spirits he encounters. Read full book review >

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BOY IN THE TWILIGHT by Yu Hua
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 21, 2014

"Menacing vignettes from a crowded, hardhearted corner of the globe."
Thirteen new translations of stories by one of China's most outspoken critics of the Cultural Revolution. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"Compassionate, useful reading related by an expert in his field."
A renowned neurologist examines some important questions: "[W]hat does it mean to be the patient faced with these seismic problems, and how is a connection made with the physician who embodies the knowledge that can make it better?" Read full book review >

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TOUGH TIMES by Milton Meltzer
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 15, 2007

"Though character development is secondary to the history presented, the fast-paced plot and the history brought to life will make this a memorable story for its audience. (Fiction. 10+)"
In the 1932 Bonus March, 20,000 World War I veterans converged on Washington, D.C., demanding the cash bonus Congress had promised back in 1924. Read full book review >

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CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"An extensive bibliography, photo credits, and index increase its usefulness for student reports. (Nonfiction. 10-14)"
In his usual meticulous fashion, Meltzer (Piracy and Plunder, below, etc.) explores the many facets of detective work, from the historical perspective to the contemporary sleuthing of the detective on the street and the laboratory scientist. Read full book review >

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THE AMAZING POTATO by Milton Meltzer
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Aug. 30, 1992

Meltzer's long subtitle—"A Story in Which the Incas, Conquistadors, Marie Antoinette, Thomas Jefferson, Wars, Famines, Immigrants, and French Fries All Play a Part"—suggests the range of his latest fascinating exploration of social history. Read full book review >

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SAN FRANCISCO BEAT by David Meltzer
NON-FICTION
Released: June 15, 2001

"Just now, as we begin to slip into a national slumber somewhat akin to that of the Eisenhower years, it's exhilarating to have this squall line of Beats pass through our consciousness."
The recusant Beats, like a whiff of cayenne, have a way of gaining your attention, and here they direct their monkey-wrenching, fortifying voices (in 13-part disharmony) at the microphone of poet Meltzer's tape recorder, conveying a whole lot of history and a bracing handful of ideas and opinions. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 1, 1974

"A well made introduction for those who need a bridge to the standard works Meltzer introduces."
This survey of Eastern European Jewry was prompted by Meltzer's desire to investigate the background his immigrant parents never talked about. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 1, 1988

"A straightforward, engaging account of the early years of a wise, humane writer and person."
A social historian who has produced many excellent books for young people—including Rescue (above), Never to Forget(on the Holocaust), books on various ethnic groups and the immigrant experience, books reflecting social concerns, and several biographies—describes his first 17 years as a second-generation American. Read full book review >

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"Though he lists remedies available to ordinary citizens, when corporate executives steal apple juice from babies it's hard not to be distrustful."
Noted social historian/author Meltzer tackles an overwhelming task describing today's broad range of criminal behavior. Read full book review >