Search Results: "Mark Pendergrast"


BOOK REVIEW

FOR GOD, COUNTRY, AND COCA-COLA by Mark Pendergrast
NON-FICTION
Released: May 4, 1993

"A chatty, scrupulously documented account of a corporate phenomenon (and far more revealing than Elizabeth Candler Graham's The Real Ones, 1992) that's a bit like Coke itself: zesty and transiently refreshing. (Eight pages of photographs—not seen)"
While the subtitle of Pendergrast's study suggests an ambush of Coca-Cola, the author obviously received at least semiofficial assistance in compiling his gossipy, essentially sympathetic history of a company that has attained cultural as well as commercial success. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1999

"Should be read by anyone curious about what goes into their daily cup of Java—too often, good coffee isn't good for the people who produce it. (60 b&w photos) (Author tour)"
An exhaustive, admirably ambitious examination of coffee's global impact, from its roots in 15th-century Ethiopia to its critical role in shaping the nations of Central and Latin America. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: July 1, 2003

"Impressive in its wide-ranging research, and sometimes ovewhelmingly detailed: best consumed a chapter at a time."
An encyclopedic treatment of the looking glass, from the bathroom variety to its use in high-powered telescopes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 13, 2010

"Fans of medical mysteries will find scores of EIS case histories to slake their appetites in this meticulous history."
Pendergrast (Mirror Mirror: A History of the Human Love Affair with Reflection, 2003, etc.) provides an exhaustive account of the "shoe-leather epidemiologists" who trek to the world's troubled spots when a serious or unusual disease strikes. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CITY ON THE VERGE by Mark Pendergrast
NON-FICTION
Released: May 16, 2017

"A welcome look at a city—a mass of cities—not often heard from in the urban-studies literature and of wide interest well beyond the I-95 corridor."
Given enough political will and enough choice, we can save the world. Or, as this case study shows, we can let things continue to go to hell in a handbasket lined with peach blossoms. Read full book review >

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MARK SUNDEEN
by Megan Labrise

Writing about the simple life proved anything but for immersive journalist Mark Sundeen.

His original manuscript—an unadorned account of three couples who, in varying ways, have opted out of everyday American consumerism—was accepted and revised when he withdrew it from publisher Riverhead Books.

“I had a close friend read it, call me, and say, I stopped reading at page 175 ...


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BOOK REVIEW

LaRUE FOR MAYOR by Mark  Teague
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2008

"Though less an election-year primer than a tale for dog lovers of every breed, this merits a spot alongside Doreen Cronin's wickedly satiric Duck For President, illustrated by Betsy Lewin (2004) as a waggish take on the theme. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Giving fans even more reason to "Like Ike"—the dog, that is—Teague pits his irrepressible, letter-writing canine against "Law and Order" candidate Hugo Bugwort in a race for Mayor of Snort City. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MOVING HOUSE by Mark Siegel
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 27, 2011

"A stronger message and more coherent magic would have made this charming story even more appealing. (Picture book. 4-7)"
This contemporary eco-fable suffers from a lack of internal logic, but the positive message and attractive retro artwork may still find favor with progressive parents. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: April 13, 2010

"Bright, glossy and flawed; excellent idea, less-than-excellent execution. (Informational picture book. 6-10)"
This shiny, cheerful lesson has mixed success conveying concepts. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ROBOT DOG by Mark Oliver
by Mark Oliver, illustrated by Mark Oliver
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Like Chris Raschka's Arlene Sardine (1998), the meaning here definitely depends on the reader. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Twee tale of damaged mechanical doggies finding their bliss—or satirical religious allegory? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WHAT WILL YOU BE FOR HALLOWEEN? by Mark Todd
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"This jumbled drawing makes for a frustrating ending to an uninspired look at a holiday that deserves better. (Picture book. 3-7)"
From vampires to robots, this purports to be a guide to all the things that a child could be for Halloween. Read full book review >