Search Results: "John C. McManus"


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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 3, 2010

"Not for the squeamish, but full of valuable insights."
A look at the role of infantry and the common soldier's experience in America's wars. Read full book review >

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THE DEAD AND THOSE ABOUT TO DIE by John C. McManus
NON-FICTION
Released: May 6, 2014

"An exciting account from the personable point of view of the soldier."
A focused tale of the hellish ascendancy of the U.S. Army's famed 1st Infantry Division on June 6, 1944, underscoring how the Normandy invasion nearly went terribly awry. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2008

"Dedicated military buffs have a bottomless appetite for such battle minutia, but general readers may feel the urge to skim."
In the first of a planned two-volume account, McManus (Military History/Univ. of Missouri, Rolla; Alamo in the Ardennes: The Untold Story of the American Soldiers Who Made the Defense of Bastogne Possible, 2005, etc.) offers a nuts-and-bolts chronicle of the only regiment to serve in every American war since the 19th century. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Of great interest to students of WWII history, and a fine textbook for the military academies, with as many negative as positive examples for future strategists."
A noisy, bloody, and highly readable account of the three-month-long Battle of Normandy. 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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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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FOX TOOTH HEART by John McManus
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"With his strange cast of drunks, murderers, and the drug-addled, McManus fits comfortably into a tradition of Gothic writing, adding his own—dare one say peculiar?—twists."
McManus shows a quirky originality in these nine stories as he focuses on the outré and bizarre doings of his off-center characters. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 4, 1996

"A useful look behind the scenes of modern science, as told by one of the key players."
The Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE) was one of the most successful scientific packages ever launched by NASA; here, the chief project scientist tells its story. Read full book review >

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THE CIPHER by John C.  Ford
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 19, 2015

"High-speed fun. (Thriller. 14-18)"
A dangerous breakthrough in cryptography leads to a high-stakes adventure for ne'er-do-well Robert "Smiles" Smylie Jr., whose father founded computing security giant Alyce Systems. Read full book review >

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RICH MAN'S BLOOD by John C. Boland
Released: July 19, 1993

"Boland, who thinks like Paul Erdman and writes like Dick Francis, creates a winsome hero in Welles—and again (after Easy Money, 1991) scores big with this tale of complicated money maneuvering and family strife."
When a slick-talking Texan's financial shenanigans lead Stu Harris's New Orleans marine company to the brink of bankruptcy, young Richard Welles—Harris's financial advisor at venerable Ambrose and Welles, investment bankers—steps in and, with FBI help, extricates Stu from Charlie Fentress's scheme, which included blackmail, kidnapping, and strong-arm tactics. Read full book review >

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ON FALCONS' WINGS by John C. Scharfen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 16, 2006

"Stylistically uneven and hyper-patriotic, but a necessary record of important stories."
Oral history and collection of short biographies of the residents of a distinctive retirement community. Read full book review >