Search Results: "John Man"


BOOK REVIEW

MARCO POLO by John Man
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Marvelous tales that first inspired the Western traveler to see and learn more."
British historian Man (Samurai: A History, 2014, etc.) chronicles his journey to Asia where Marco Polo first led the Western traveler. The book was first published in the U.K. in 2009 as Xanadu.Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"Man presents readers with a Wall for every season, even more awe-inspiring in its workaday clothes than in its romantic garb."
A learned, lively history of the Great Wall's evolution that cuts it down to size without diminishing its allure. Read full book review >

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NINJA by John Man
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 5, 2013

"A thoroughly researched, appealing examination of the 'original men in black.'"
Intriguing look at the enigmatic world of the deadly Asian assassin. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 12, 2008

"Scholarly yet spellbound, skeptical yet open to belief."
A judicious exploration of the circumstances and meaning behind the terra cotta army interred with China's first emperor. Read full book review >

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ATTILA by John Man
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 18, 2006

"Entertaining and lucid account of a phenomenal militarist unable to resist a crumbling empire's vast, unprotected wealth."
A surprisingly intimate view of the man labeled "God's scourge" by a Roman Empire in its death throes. Read full book review >

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SAMURAI by John Man
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2014

"Smooth, sophisticated history writing."
Man, a crack biographer of Asian historical figures (Ninja: 1,000 Years of the Shadow Warriors, 2012, etc.), tenders a survey of the samurai, the equivalent of Japan's feudal knights. Read full book review >

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GOBI by John Man
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"It makes the Gobi—the land and those that move upon it'so seductive that readers may forget it is a place that treats the incautious without mercy. (7 color and 12 b&w photos)"
A spare, polished profile of the Gobi, Mongolia's southern sweep of desert, long closed to most non-Mongolians, from journalist Man. Read full book review >

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MAN ON FIRE by Stephen Kelman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"While the book offers some fine prose and observations of Indian life, it's also marked by clunky stretches and an awkward seriousness that suggests a writer still trying to sort out his thoughts."
Two men pursuing different paths in their searches for redemption come together in Mumbai in a strange East-meets-West collision. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 15, 2012

"A thin, uneven recounting of a long congressional career."
In her debut, Williams offers a brief overview of the personal and professional life of her cousin, the long-serving Democratic U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr. of Michigan. Read full book review >

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JOHN by Niall Williams
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 2008

"Irish novelist Williams (Four Letters of Love, 1999, etc.) takes spiritual issues seriously—and continues to write compellingly about them."
John the Apostle, now a revered Master in exile with a small band of Christian brothers on the island of Patmos, confronts heresy, schism and doubt. Read full book review >

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JOHN BIRCH by Terry Lautz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 4, 2016

"A useful work that elucidates both the U.S. role in China and some elements of the contemporary conservative mindset."
A serious probe into the life of the Baptist missionary to China who posthumously (and thus unwittingly) served as the right wing's poster child. Read full book review >

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JOHN MARSHALL by Harlow Giles Unger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"A vigorous account of an influential American life."
A cradle-to-grave biography of the U.S. Supreme Court's longest-serving chief justice. Read full book review >