Search Results: "John R. Maier"


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GILGAMESH by John R. Maier
translated by John R. Maier, edited by John Gardner
Released: Oct. 5, 1984

"But any intelligent effort to popularize that enigmatic primeval masterpiece is more than welcome."
Too fussy and detailed for the casual reader, too amateurish for the scholar, this curious collaboration between novelist Gardner (completed just before his fatal motorcycle crash in 1982) and English professor Maier (SUNY, Brockport), with help from Assyriologist Richard A. Henshaw (Colgate Rochester Div. Read full book review >

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WHEN LIONS ROAR by Thomas Maier
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"As this thick book jumps back and forth between the two families, Maier sometimes strains to link all the words and deeds, but his research carries the book along as interesting anecdotes continue to emerge."
Journalist Maier (Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, the Couple Who Taught America How to Love, 2009, etc.) pieces together a multigenerational saga of two renowned families.Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 15, 2003

"Largely airbrushed family portrait, with warts shown mainly on the face of a prejudiced society. (Two 16-page b&w photo inserts, not seen)"
A hefty, well-documented, glowing account of the Kennedys as prime examples of the Irish-Catholic experience in America. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1991

"An engrossing account by an observant and insightful journalist reporting the most important story of his life, with additional input from his loyal and spirited caretaker. (Postscript by son Michael not seen.)"
A candid and moving account by Frank Maier, Newsweek's Chicago bureau chief, with help from his wife Ginny, of what it is like to face a death sentence from terminal liver disease and then be reprieved by the technological miracle of a liver transplant. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 4, 1997

"Arguably, the best book ever written on the Declaration of Independence. (First printing of 30,000)"

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"But will the public, outside the media world, be interested in this mediocre effort? (16 pages of photos, not seen) (First printing of 60,000)"
Partly a biography of ``the most influential media baron of our time,'' more a critique of that baron's stewardship of the public interest, an ambitious assemblage that falls short of a strong narrative or full indictment. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 9, 1998

"Maier is masterful at the fast sprint of reportage, but he's simply unable to go the distance with this book."
A hopeful, if not entirely convincing, prismatic portrait of Africa in transition, by a longtime Africa correspondent for the Independent of England. Read full book review >

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MARCH ON
by Julie Danielson

This past weekend, I managed to catch the Atlanta March for Social Justice and Women while in town for the American Library Association’s Midwinter conference. If, like me, you marched (or couldn’t make one, yet wholeheartedly supported the notion of a march), you may wonder: What is next? I think a lot of people, women in particular, have this top ...


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BOOK REVIEW

KILLING FROST by John R. Riggs
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Garth's tenth case (Cold Hearts and Gentle People, 1994, etc.) is as coldly compassionate as the others."
Harold Adams, the nominal sheriff of Adams County, is in such a deep funk about his ineptitude that his special deputy, Oakalla Reporter owner Garth Ryland, has even more to do than usual in clearing up the mystery of the headless, limbless torso that crude Amos Hogue finds on his farm. Read full book review >

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COLD HEARTS AND GENTLE PEOPLE by John R. Riggs
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 3, 1994

"The result is a story that crackles with authentic small-town tension."
Newspaper editor Garth Ryland, unofficial special deputy of Oakalla, Wis. Read full book review >

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BANNERMAN’S GHOSTS by John R. Maxim
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 18, 2003

"Interesting cast, good action scenes, but bursts of backstory talkiness tend to undermine both."
Gangs of the rich and clandestine square off multinationally, in a minor effort by the veteran thrillermeister (Whistler's Angel, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 30, 1999

"Searle spends too much time making claims 'to have knowledge of the real world' and too little time on the rest of us who are still trying to find some meaning in the often confusing, painful reality of our world."
Why would any intelligent person want to read about philosophy? Read full book review >