Search Results: "Iain J. Martin"


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Looking Down On Leaders  by Iain J. Martin
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 18, 2014

"An entertaining romp through corporate life that covers pithy truths in a sugar coating of funny, memorable anecdotes."
An executive coach by trade, Martin, in his debut, takes a look at the lighter side of leadership. Read full book review >

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7 FANTASY BOOKS HEADING TO FILM AND TV
by John DeNardo

As readers, the idea of our favorite books being turned into film and television production frightens us and excites us. It's scary because so many things can go wrong that could result in – gasp! – an unfaithful adaptation. Yet that doesn't stop us from being excited because we get to re-experience the stories we love. Here are ...


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MY CHILDREN'S BOOK GHOST FILE
by Julie Danielson

Over at NPR last week, I heard a pop culture critic talk (here) about what he calls his Ghost File, or the books, television shows, and movies he didn’t review during the year. “[I]t's the great frustration,” he said, “that every year I'm haunted by all the terrific things I haven't talked about … ...


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DAVID GARROW
by Gregory McNamee

Barack Obama has been portrayed as being many things over his life and political career. Some have thought him flippant, coasting by on charm and glibness. Others have thought him suspect. Admirers and detractors both have found him aloof, though very few have doubted the fact of his formidable intelligence.

And admirers and detractors alike have also found Barack Obama ...


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JUAN RULFO
by Richard Z. Santos

Douglas Weatherford, translator of the first English-language version of Juan Rulfo’s second novel The Golden Cockerel, knows that Rulfo isn’t a household name. And Weatherford thinks that’s a tragedy.

“It’s important for English speaking readers, especially in the U.S., to discover Juan Rulfo. For some unfortunate reason he never reached the same acclaim as Jorge Luis Borges, Isabel Allende ...


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BOOK REVIEW

YOUNG ADULT
Released: June 1, 2013

"Thorough to a fault, and for young readers at least, no replacement for Jim Murphy's oldie but goodie The Long Road to Gettysburg (1992). (glossary, index, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 12-15)"
Wagonloads of detail weigh down this overstuffed account of the Civil War's most significant battle and its aftermath. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2008

"Overheated prose and much repetition, not to mention the grim subject matter, make this an unpleasant—but vital—read."
Schram (Avoiding Armageddon, 2003, etc.) combines history, investigative journalism, advocacy and diatribe as he criticizes each branch of the federal government for its abysmal treatment of needy war veterans. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"An interesting bit of Americana well reported."
As Orange Coast editor in chief Smith (Straw Men, 2001, etc.) reports, the Federal Duck Stamp Program is one of the most successful government programs ever. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION

"A comprehensive account of an American drug calamity."
A neurologist details the plight of a dangerous antibiotic potion in this medical history. Read full book review >

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THE COAL PICKER by Martin J. Hula
Released: Feb. 23, 2013

"An original, compelling hybrid of period novel, murder mystery and bildungsroman."
Hula's debut novel portrays the fear, violence and small acts of grace in a small coal-mining town during early union-busting efforts. Read full book review >

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DINOSAURS WITHOUT BONES by Anthony J. Martin
NON-FICTION
Released: March 12, 2014

"Most scholarly attempts at comedy, including this one, make for a painful experience, but readers who can tolerate the relentlessly glib, jokey prose will learn a great deal about these fascinating, long-dead creatures."
Paleontologist Martin (Environmental Sciences/Emory Univ.; Life Traces of the Georgia Coast: Revealing the Unseen Lives of Plants and Animals, 2013, etc.) has written textbooks, but this is his first work for a popular audience, and his choice to use humor as an educational tool meets with mixed results. Read full book review >

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CYBER ATTACK by Martin Gitlin
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 1, 2015

"A bare-bones introduction for readers without a pre-existing interest. (source notes, bibliography, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 12-14)"
A quick history of hacking, from the "phone phreaks" of the 1960s to today's attacks on commercial data stores large and small. Read full book review >