Search Results: "Donald S. Lopez Jr."


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1998

"As an interpreter of interpreters, Lopez functions here twice removed from the actual religion of Tibet; readers should approach with some prior knowledge of Buddhism."
In this fine scholarly work, Lopez (Asian Languages and Cultures/Univ. of Michigan) warns his readers away from romanticized visions of Tibet, which ultimately harm that beleaguered nation's prospects for independence. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 7, 2014

"Solid research with wide appeal."
Intriguing exploration of how the Buddha's story was appropriated across languages and cultures into a legendary Christian saint. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: March 3, 2012

"A lovable lead character and the hint of mystery make this trip down Memory Lane pleasurable enough to leave readers anticipating the next chapter."
In the first young-adult novel in a projected series, Lopez documents the life and loves of Hermie Brambleweed, a teenager dealing with typical high school drama—and some big secrets. Read full book review >

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HUH. I DIDN'T KNOW THAT! by Donald B. Poe Jr.
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 17, 2013

"An engaging—though at times thinly sourced—guide to facts, legends and trivia of all sorts."
A varied collection of trivia and anecdotes compiled by an enthusiast with an evident passion for his work. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 25, 2015

"A common-sense volume on personal finance, written for men who take responsibility for their families' fiscal well-being."
An enthusiastic guide to financial planning focuses on the highly masculine. Read full book review >

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ZIKA by Donald G. McNeil Jr.
NON-FICTION
Released: July 5, 2016

"Credit McNeil for a succinct summary of Zika to date, but be forewarned: this is a fast-breaking story, and the last word has yet to come, including how Zika will affect the American population as it journeys north."
Frightening words on the Zika virus from a reliable source: a New York Times science reporter who has covered virulent global infections for decades. Read full book review >

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EACH ORANGE HAD EIGHT SLICES by Paul Giganti Jr.
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 27, 1992

"Unusually handsome and useful. (Picture book. 3-8)"
In the style of Giganti and Crews's How Many Snails? (1989), 11 opportunities for children to begin to grasp the concept of multiplication—or simply to count items that may mount into the 50s. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1996

"A feast for those who hunger after terra incognita. (35 maps and illustrations)"
Entertaining voyages into the geography of the imagination, from a sailor and journalist (Charting the Sea of Darkness, not reviewed). Read full book review >

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THE FUTURE OF POWER by Joseph S. Nye Jr.
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"A great reminder that fear and hate are not the only tools used to sell books these days—a substantial work that should be read by anyone with an interest in how politics works."
Illuminating analysis of the mechanisms of power shaping global politics. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"Provocative reading: a bad-case, if not worst-case, scenario that portends tough times ahead. Let's hope Dent is erring on the side of pessimism."
Talk about timing the market: Demographer Dent (The Great Depression Ahead: How to Prosper in the Crash Following the Greatest Boom in History, 2009, etc.) studies generational trends that suggest hard times are in store, particularly for younger people entering the workforce. Read full book review >

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THE POWER GAME by Joseph S. Nye Jr.
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"Another superficial treatment of Washington as a sinkhole for careers and marriages. Meanwhile, the moral issue of pre-emption is obscured by operational details."
Debut fiction, set in the near future, from Nye (The Paradox of American Power, 2002, etc.), Clinton's Assistant Secretary of Defense: a bland mix of turf wars, marriage wars, and the threat of religious war. Read full book review >

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P.T.S.D. by S. Patrick Morin, Jr.
Released: July 30, 2011

"An imposing first novel with a protagonist whose disorientation is so thoroughly illustrated that readers' senses will smolder before it's over."
A war veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder is convinced that he's a murderer but has no memory of killing anyone. Read full book review >