Search Results: "Karl Maier"


BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

THIS HOUSE HAS FALLEN by Karl Maier
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2000

"A quick and lively study that doesn't dig too deep."
Vivid scenes from a potential meltdown, as veteran Africa reporter Maier (Into the House of the Ancestors, 1997) gives the history of Nigeria and suggests that regional tensions and pervasive corruption threaten its survival. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

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 >

BOOK REVIEW

DR. SPOCK by Thomas Maier
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1998

"More than just a biography, this book necessarily tells the broader story of the nation in the second half of the 20th century—a period that Spock, with his revolutionary theories, helped to shape. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A remarkable behind-the-scenes look at Dr. Benjamin Spock, the guru of parenting who, as is often the case with experts, failed to heed his own advice. Dr. Spock may have been America's pediatric answer man, but at home he was aloof and emotionally distant, a man more concerned with appearances than with finding real solutions to the problems that plagued his family. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2009

"An unsatisfying biography of a bold team whose influence on cultural mores and women's sexual emancipation cannot be underestimated."
Newsday writer Maier (The Kennedys: America's Emerald Kings, 2003, etc.) offers a dry look at the research team who unlocked the secrets of America's bedrooms, ushering in the sexual revolution of the late 1960s. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"Skip it. (Fifteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
The case of the Texas woman who tried to hire a hit man to kill the mother of her daughter's rival for a spot on the cheerleading team. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PIRATE SUN by Karl Schroeder
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"Still enormously talented work, but at this point the series needs less of Schroeder's trademark zero-gee swashbuckling and more of the astonishing and sometimes terrifying ideas behind it all."
Third entry (Queen of Candesce, 2007, etc.) in Schroeder's series—call it pirate-punk—where corsairs and would-be emperors do weightless battle from wooden-hulled airships inside a gigantic space habitat. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 16, 2010

"Nuanced, balanced and accessible—essential reading for anyone trying to make sense of China today."
Sharply observed account of what happens, both good and bad, when a group of more than a billion people start seriously shopping. Read full book review >