Search Results: "Charles Wheelan"


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THE CENTRIST MANIFESTO by Charles Wheelan
Released: April 19, 2013

"It's a sign of the times that this sensible plea for moderation can seem so radical."
A pragmatic argument about moving politics away from polarities and toward the moderate middle, where the author feels most voters find themselves and most solutions can be negotiated. Read full book review >

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NAKED MONEY by Charles Wheelan
NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 2016

"A fun, informative introduction to a persistent problem: how to get money 'right.'"
An economist and bestselling author examines the nature, utility, and power of money. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 7, 2013

"A delightful, informative guide to an often-intimidating subject."
How to analyze "the numbers behind the news [and appreciate] the extraordinary (and growing) power of data" in today's market-driven economy. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"A gentle, clear, and accessible hornbook that should crowd out many other general texts."
In just a few easy lessons, economics journalist Wheelan can teach the most innocent reader to think like an economist. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"A good place to start for those new to Darwin's life and work."
A worthy one-volume life of the eminent—and blessedly lucky—naturalist. Read full book review >

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CHARLES DARWIN by Janet Browne
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 17, 2002

"A richly detailed, vivid, and definitive portrait with not a word wasted: the best life of Charles Darwin in the modern literature."
Continuing where Charles Darwin: Voyaging (1995) left off, the British science historian completes her brilliant two-volume biography. Read full book review >

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CHARLES DICKENS by Jane Smiley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 13, 2002

"A successful attempt to deepen the way we read Dickens, with clues to finding him in his own characters and words."
Pulitzer-winning novelist Smiley (Horse Heaven, 2000, etc.) brings her fluid prose to a fresh and insightful look, through a psychological lens, at the life of Dickens. Read full book review >

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Released: May 1, 2008

"An uncritical but colorful picture of a offbeat character who convinced many that he was a genius."
Stage-magic historian Steinmeyer (Art and Artifice: And Other Essays of Illusion, 2006, etc.) examines the quirky life of Charles Fort (1874-1932). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: July 15, 2001

"This is not a piece that exactly pulls the reader along, but it is clear and informative and makes a creative life in science seem worthy and satisfying. (Biography. 10+)"
In the introduction to Patent's cogent, thoughtful biography of Charles Darwin, she explains his importance as an icon of science, for without his discovery of evolution through the mechanism of natural selection, "biology makes no sense." Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"The language here is spare, even simple, but the images are complex, challenging in the way surrealist art defies ordinary perceptions, juxtaposing the whimsical and the frightening."
If it's permitted to speak of such a thing as a national character under our current tyranny of globalism, then there's a definite Eastern European, even Slavic, flavor to the entries in this collection. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1999

"Despite its often fannish tone, a biography that listens to Bukowski's all-night barroom anecdotes and then checks the facts the morning after. (b&w photos and illustrations, not seen)"
A soberly investigated picaresque life of the barfly author of Notes of a Dirty Old Man. Read full book review >

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CHARLES IVES by Jan Swafford
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1996

"A conscientious, intellectually honest sifting of the plentiful evidence, though undoubtedly not the last word on its subject."
A decent, thoughtful, and idealistic biography of American music's radical idealist. Read full book review >