Search Results: "Dickson Despommier"


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NON-FICTION
Released: July 16, 2013

"Despommier is an excellent popularizer, lacing his accounts of our invaders' ingenuity with history and anecdotes that underscore how grateful a modern society should be for clean drinking water and sanitary facilities."
The ick factor is high—20-foot tapeworms, skin nodules filled with writhing worms, etc.—but for parasitologists, the fellow travelers chronicled in this illuminating book command respect for the artful ways they have managed cohabitation since the dawn of life. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 12, 2010

"A captivating argument that will intrigue general readers and give policymakers and investors much to ponder."
Despommier (Microbiology and Environmental Sciences/Columbia Univ.) details his optimistic vision of a sustainable future based on urban agriculture. Read full book review >

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SPUTNIK by Paul Dickson
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 4, 2001

"An excellent treatment of one of the early chapters of the Cold War."
The devastating impact of a Soviet satellite on the American public in the '50s. Read full book review >

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BILL VEECK by Paul Dickson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 24, 2012

"Veeck is not as well remembered as he should be. Dickson's book is a skillful corrective."
Dickson (The Unwritten Rules of Baseball, 2009, etc.) delivers an engaging biography of Bill Veeck (1914-1986), an innovative, irascible and progressive gadfly within the staid world of baseball. Read full book review >

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THE NEXT PURITAN by Mark Dickson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 29, 2006

"Absent a compelling narrative, an intelligent viewpoint and stern editing, the novel's naturalistic dialogue is so much hot air."
A college couple blab incessantly in this garrulous coming-of-age novel. Read full book review >

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THE OPPOSITE OF ART by Athol Dickson
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 13, 2011

"Dickson raises, but doesn't answer, fascinating questions about personal transformation, religion and aesthetics."
A novel of metaphysical and aesthetic mystery. Read full book review >

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Bleedback by G. Griffith-Dickson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 3, 2016

"An incredible political thriller that's also a primer on current Middle Eastern conflicts."
This debut novel presents an alternate portrait of the Middle East after Osama bin Laden's death, while also stressing the need to bridge interfaith gaps. Read full book review >

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THE DRAGON, THE EARL, AND THE TROLL by Gordon R. Dickson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"Agreeably 14th-century in ambience, whimsical in tone yet devoid of real humor, this overlong installment should please series fans, but won't tempt many newcomers."
This is an addition to Dickson's fantasy series (The Dragon Knight, 1990, etc.) featuring a former college professor, Jim Eckert, and his wife, Angie, who have been transported to an alternate 14th-century England where magic works. Read full book review >

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THE DRAGON AND THE GNARLY KING by Gordon R. Dickson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 18, 1997

"Agreeable and satisfying."
Another of Dickson's tongue-in-cheek medieval fantasies (The Dragon and the Djinn, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >

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THE DRAGON AND THE FAIR MAID OF KENT by Gordon R. Dickson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2000

"Overall, a rather sluggish, politically heavy entry in this mostly entertaining series."
Addition to Dickson's series (The Dragon in Lyonesse, 1998, etc.) set in a 14th-century England where magic works, and where former college professor Jim Eckert, now Baron James of Malencontri, can turn himself into a large dragon. Read full book review >

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WHAT IS MINE by Anne Holt
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 10, 2006

"Based on a true Norwegian murder case, Holt's work is cerebral, complicated and immensely rewarding."
A savvy, sharply delineated suspense novel from Norwegian crime author Holt delves into the haunting motivation of a child-abductor. Read full book review >