Search Results: "Douglas A. Chalmers"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 22, 2013

"The rub of conventional writing against novel ideas produces enough friction for some intellectual fire."
A political scientist identifies six aspects about modern democracy that require examination and revision. Read full book review >

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HAPPINESS by Douglas A. Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 2, 2014

"A big thinker turns his mind to the essence of his happiness in a memoir that's easy to read and maybe even follow."
After his cancer diagnosis, a big company's CEO explains how he became a student and teacher of the practical skills of happiness. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 15, 2016

"Pungent, embittered, eye-opening observations of a conflict involving lessons still unlearned."
A scathing dispatch from an embedded journalist in Afghanistan. Read full book review >

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THE BRONTE BOY by Douglas A. Martin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 10, 2005

"Martin has given himself a novelist's license, but has not used it to make Branwell's self-destruction affecting."
An impressionist portrait of the least known of the Bronte siblings. Read full book review >

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EINSTEIN AND THE QUANTUM by A. Douglas Stone
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 6, 2013

"A wonderful reminder that Einstein's monumental role in the development of contemporary science is even more profound than history has allowed."
Albert Einstein (1879-1955) is as famous for his paradigm-shifting theories of relativity as he is for his grudge against quantum mechanics, but Stone's (Physics/Yale Univ.) engaging history of Einstein's ardent search for a unifying theory tells a different story. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1995

"Authoritative perspectives on a consequential country that remains indominatably foreign for most of the West. (Graphs and tabular material)"
A collection of perceptive essays from a top Asian scholar who sheds considerable light on how Japan managed to become a world- class economic power following its defeat in WW II. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 14, 2000

"Engrossing and at the same time alarming, Johnson's well-researched book nevertheless presents an easy solution to fundamental problems that have usually forced great powers into catastrophic predicaments."
In this timely book, noted Asian specialist Johnson (Japan: Who Governs?, 1994) addresses the effects of American global interventionism, delivering a grim warning that the United States will soon experience severe reprisals (or "blowback") from the victims of government policies kept secret from the American people. Read full book review >

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WHEN A GRANDPA SAYS "I LOVE YOU" by Douglas Wood
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"It's hard not to love this one—just like an indulgent grandpa. (Picture book. 3-7)"
"When a Grandpa says ‘I love you,' / he doesn't always say it / in the regular way. / That would be just a little too…regular." Read full book review >

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THE NIXON TAPES by Douglas Brinkley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"Essential for students of late-20th-century American history and the Nixon presidency."
Brinkley and Nichter (The Nixon Tapes: 1971-1972, 2014, etc.) conclude their project of publishing highlights from Richard Nixon's infamous tapes with this volume from the last year of recording.Read full book review >

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WHEN A DAD SAYS "I LOVE YOU" by Douglas Wood
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 23, 2013

"This would be equally successful sharing one on one or with a group and may also be an engaging conversation starter about how actions often speak louder than words. (Picture book. 3-6)"
Wood produces a cozy, gently humorous title that features a multitude of cuddly father-and-child animal pairs showcasing the innumerable ways a dad can show his love. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 6, 2007

"A sobering read, though Johnson offers a solution to America's imperial woes: Follow Britain's lead and jettison both empire and the world-policeman role. Given the alternatives, it seems an idea worth exploring."
A paean—perhaps premature, perhaps overdue—for a republic-turned-empire. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHO’S WHO IN HELL by Robert Chalmers
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"A funny and exceptionally well-wrought romance that starts in disaster, ends in tragedy, and never loses sight of the manic and surreal in life."
An assured, entertaining debut about an obituary writer who tries to make his life into something more than a collection of random occurrences. Read full book review >