Search Results: "Mario Salvadori"


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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 9, 1995

"A fun, sturdy book filled with helpful charts and dozens of illustrations."
A nifty popularization of the hard science and history of volcanoes and earthquakes. Read full book review >

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SHOT IN THE CATHEDRAL by Mario Bencastro
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

Shot In The Cathedral ($18.95; Sept. 1, 1996; 220 pp.; 1-55885- 164-X): A skillful balance between journalistic reportage and a subjective focus on the lives of ordinary people afflicted by political upheaval distinguishes this otherwise familiar (and somewhat melodramatic) picture of El Salvador under siege in the late 1970s. Read full book review >

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China: The Big Lie? by Mario Cavolo
NON-FICTION
Released: May 21, 2014

"A breezy overview of Chinese spending habits that predicts a rosy future for the world's fastest-growing economy."
A commentary on the cash economy of China that intersperses economic discussions with personal asides from Cavolo's (Catalysts to Change, 2013) experiences living and working in the Far East country. Read full book review >

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THE GODFATHER by Mario Puzo
Released: March 10, 1969

"A Mafia Whiteoaks, bound for popularity, once you get past the author's barely concealed admiration for the 'ethics' and postulates of primitive power plays."
Ten years in the workaday progress of a New York Mafia sort of family dynasty tale with all the attendant flurries of great houses at war. Read full book review >

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Released: May 15, 1997

"Once Upon a River''), and especially in the magical-realist metaphoric power of the collection's vivid central image: a tree that gathers unto itself the bodies of the dead and restores them to life and safety within its body."
justify yes* The Tree Of Life ($11.95 paperback original; May 15, 1997; 128 pp.; 1-55885-186-8): Fifteen stories about the effects of El Salvador's brutal civil war (197992), from the journalist and novelist previously known for A Shot in the Cathedral (1996). Read full book review >

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OMERTA by Mario Puzo
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 7, 2000

"To some extent a retread, but who cares ? This is lurid and fascinating pop entertainment. Nobody did it better."
The final volume of Puzo's sensationally popular Mafia trilogy (after The Godfather, 1969, and The Last Don, 1996), completed shortly before his recent death, explores in characteristically slam-bang fashion the consequences of a violation of the Sicilian `code of silence` (omerta) on which Mafia security and power are based. Read full book review >

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IS GOD A MATHEMATICIAN? by Mario Livio
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 6, 2009

"The conclusion falls a bit flat, but Livio's trip through mathematical history is thoroughly enjoyable and requires no special training to follow it."
Why does math describe reality so well? A scientist offers tentative answers. Read full book review >

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THE SICILIAN by Mario Puzo
Released: Dec. 1, 1984

"But, if relatively thin and tame, this episodic morality-play is still vigorous storytelling in the dark, bitter Puzo manner—with twisting loyalties, impassive vendettas, and corruption at every level, from the town barber to the Cardinal of Palermo."
Remember, in The Godfather, when Michael Corleone had to hide out in Sicily for a while before coming home to start taking over the Corleone empire? Read full book review >

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INSIDE LAS VEGAS by Mario Puzo
Released: April 1, 1977

"Even readers put off by Puzo's admiringly clear-eyed love for the meretricious will find themselves turning one page more."
When Don Puzo moves in on Las Vegas, he's not striving for art but something like that emerges. Read full book review >

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FOOLS DIE by Mario Puzo
Released: Oct. 1, 1979

"But whenever the money is changing hands—which is pretty often—Fools Die does indeed live, breathe, and squirm with the 'magic' of writing that Merlyn (he was an orphan and named himself) keeps bragging about."
A big, messy, ambitious, both brilliant and embarrassing, partly autobiographical novel by the author of The Godfather—and fans of that blockbuster will be thrilled with only about half of it. Read full book review >