Search Results: "Martin J. Blaser"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 8, 2014

"Credit Blaser for displaying the wonders and importance of a vast underworld we are jeopardizing but cannot live without."
Infectious disease specialist Blaser makes an impassioned plea for maintaining the biodiversity of the ecosystem that exists in and on our bodies: the human microbiome. Read full book review >

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DINOSAURS WITHOUT BONES by Anthony J. Martin
NON-FICTION
Released: March 12, 2014

"Most scholarly attempts at comedy, including this one, make for a painful experience, but readers who can tolerate the relentlessly glib, jokey prose will learn a great deal about these fascinating, long-dead creatures."
Paleontologist Martin (Environmental Sciences/Emory Univ.; Life Traces of the Georgia Coast: Revealing the Unseen Lives of Plants and Animals, 2013, etc.) has written textbooks, but this is his first work for a popular audience, and his choice to use humor as an educational tool meets with mixed results. Read full book review >

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Looking Down On Leaders  by Iain J. Martin
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 18, 2014

"An entertaining romp through corporate life that covers pithy truths in a sugar coating of funny, memorable anecdotes."
An executive coach by trade, Martin, in his debut, takes a look at the lighter side of leadership. Read full book review >

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THE COAL PICKER by Martin J. Hula
Released: Feb. 23, 2013

"An original, compelling hybrid of period novel, murder mystery and bildungsroman."
Hula's debut novel portrays the fear, violence and small acts of grace in a small coal-mining town during early union-busting efforts. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION

"A comprehensive account of an American drug calamity."
A neurologist details the plight of a dangerous antibiotic potion in this medical history. Read full book review >

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A LIKENESS IN STONE by J. Wallis Martin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 11, 1998

"Fans of Minette Walters's moody British puzzlers will find it irresistible."
Twenty years ago, Thames Valley Chief Inspector Bill Driver was sure that Helena Warner, an undergraduate reading English at Oxford, was dead, not just missing, and that her lover Ian Gilmore had killed her. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A spry exercise in popular science. Can you dig it?"
Explosions, fires, asteroid collisions, predators: there are good reasons to go underground for critters of many descriptions, as this lightly written, pleasant survey reveals. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 18, 2012

"An interesting bit of Americana well reported."
As Orange Coast editor in chief Smith (Straw Men, 2001, etc.) reports, the Federal Duck Stamp Program is one of the most successful government programs ever. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2008

"Overheated prose and much repetition, not to mention the grim subject matter, make this an unpleasant—but vital—read."
Schram (Avoiding Armageddon, 2003, etc.) combines history, investigative journalism, advocacy and diatribe as he criticizes each branch of the federal government for its abysmal treatment of needy war veterans. Read full book review >

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SPORTS BIZ by Dale Hofmann
Released: April 30, 1989

At one point in their lively, unsentimental appreciation of sport as a money game, the authors observe that buying a professional franchise can prove a fine investment; running one, they warn, is a marginal proposition at best. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 10, 2005

"A swiftly moving narrative full of morality tales and juicy gossip. One of the best scientific biographies to appear in recent years."
The second greatest scientific mind of the atomic era gets respectful but revealing treatment by political journalist Bird (The Color of Truth, 1998) and literary scholar Sherwin (A World Destroyed, 1975). Read full book review >

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CYBER ATTACK by Martin Gitlin
YOUNG ADULT
Released: April 1, 2015

"A bare-bones introduction for readers without a pre-existing interest. (source notes, bibliography, further reading, index) (Nonfiction. 12-14)"
A quick history of hacking, from the "phone phreaks" of the 1960s to today's attacks on commercial data stores large and small. Read full book review >