Search Results: "Christopher D. McManus"


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NON-FICTION
Released: July 2, 2014

"A genuine treat for Civil War buffs and a valuable source for scholars."
A soldier's annotated letters chronicle life and death in the Civil War's western theater. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1993

"Despite the flaws, though: a sweeping critique—its proposals cool, smart, and imaginative—with enough common sense to give the most die-hard environmentalists pause."
An exhaustive analysis—and allocation—of environmental responsibility along global and national lines from a legal viewpoint, with a glance at the ethical dimensions of the problem. Read full book review >

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BITTER MILK by John McManus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2005

"The work of a young writer still seeking his own voice. When McManus finds it, the results may be spectacular."
Claustrophobic first novel about an embattled and haunted Southern boyhood. Read full book review >

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STOP BREAKIN DOWN by John McManus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2000

"If it's true that amateurs borrow and professionals steal, when McManus begins a truly larcenous assault on those he admires, he's in for a promising career."
Now and then comes a first book by a writer so young and possessed of unique voice and vision, his promise seems unlimited—that, despite its evident poise and skill, is unfortunately not the case with this highly derivative debut collection. Read full book review >

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THE EDUCATION OF A POKER PLAYER by James McManus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"With this plainspoken, highly readable coming-of-age story, McManus adds another winning hand to a growing body of work on the hearts and souls lost to the game of poker."
A boy copes with Catholicism, nuns, and such forbidden fruit as girls and gambling in a collection of closely related stories. Read full book review >

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Released: Nov. 3, 2009

"A satisfying, useful overview—given poker's popularity, this is sure to be a prominent book this holiday season."
The epic story of how poker has grown from disreputable roots to become America's—and the world's—game. Read full book review >

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THE UNFORTUNATES by Sophie McManus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 2, 2015

"The rich are not like you and me, but if they're as awful as they are in this book, God help them."
The decline and fall of a wealthy family, including a clinical drug trial, insider trading, subprime mortgages, and a terrible opera. Read full book review >

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BORN ON A TRAIN by John McManus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2003

"McManus seems enamored of trapping his characters in hillbilly hell and stranding both them and readers there—for an inordinate amount of time."
Backcountry doom and gloom in tales that strive for authenticity and occasionally achieve it. Read full book review >

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PHYSICAL by James McManus
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 17, 2006

"Good reporting would have produced a better book, had been accompanied by more self-restraint."
An assignment from Harper's to undergo, and report back on, the Mayo Clinic's three-day "executive checkup" morphs into true confessions, political diatribes and sundry other tidbits. Read full book review >

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Red Flag by Steve McManus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"A story like wildfire—starts cool but only gets hotter."
In McManus' debut thriller, a blogger whose writing has been tracking an arsonist-turned-killer may be so close to his subject that he becomes a target. Read full book review >

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THE DRONE ENIGMA by Ron McManus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2014

"A thriller with copious action and an exceptional mystery."
Former lawyer and Navy SEAL Jake Palmer returns in McManus' second thriller (Libido's Twist, 2011), working a simple case that escalates into murder and a potential terrorist attack. Read full book review >