Search Results: "John Man"


BOOK REVIEW

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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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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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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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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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 19, 1991

"A must-have for cop-tale collectors."
First-person recital by a former New York City detective who was an active felon with Mafia connections. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STATION ELEVEN by Emily St. John Mandel
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Mandel's solid writing and magnetic narrative make for a strong combination in what should be a breakout novel."
Survivors and victims of a pandemic populate this quietly ambitious take on a post-apocalyptic world where some strive to preserve art, culture and kindness. 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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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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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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ROAD TRIPPIN’ IT WITH JOHN BURNINGHAM
by Julie Danielson

The holidays are nigh. I wrote this time last year about my favorite holiday picture book of all time – John Burningham’s Harvey Slumfenburger’s Christmas Present, originally published back in 1993.

I’m a big Burningham fan. (If you are, too, and you’ve not yet read this, run to your nearest bookstore or library.) And in thinking about Harvey, I was ...


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JOHN NEWMAN
by Rhett Morgan

In 1992, John Newman prepared to celebrate finishing his Ph.D., securing a book deal with Warner Books for the release of his dissertation, JFK and Vietnam, and having worked directly with Oliver Stone as consultant on the film JFK. But a brief call from the National Security Agency put all of that in jeopardy. Newman was warned that his ...


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JOHN T. EDGE
by Megan Labrise

John T. Edge’s The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South is no mere paean to peanuts, homage to hominy, and laudation to lard. Like the nutritive broth for which it’s named, this title is more substantive than it appears at a glance.

“One the primary aims of my book,” says Edge, a native Georgian who lives ...


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