Search Results: "Martin Mayer"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 28, 1992

"A timely and thoughtful alert on a socioeconomic problem whose implications are (or should be) of general concern."
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BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 12, 1991

"Though far from sanguine about the industry's prospects, however, he's vastly entertaining in his wide-angle analysis of its once and future woes."
A chatty, instructive update on the ad game, once a glamour business but now fallen on increasingly harder times. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2007

"Mayer's industry, his obvious good will and humor persuade even those opposed to his politics or leery of his proposed solutions that he just might be right."
A brief history, a current assessment and, finally, a plea for reform of America's courts. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 11, 2001

"An in-depth (sometimes excruciatingly so) financial history of a complex organization."
A somewhat dense, albeit informative, history and overview of the Federal Reserve System and its impact on the global economy. Read full book review >

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THE BANKERS by Martin Mayer
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 13, 1997

"Engrossing and perceptive perspectives on developments that could signal the twilight of traditional over-the-counter banking."
Much has happened to America's depository institutions in the more than two decades since Mayer wrote The Bankers, and his elegant update provides an informed guide to the convulsive change that has brought a remote, buttoned-down profession into the rowdy, high-tech world of financial services. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 11, 1993

"On balance, though, an instructive briefing on a capital crime and its punishment. (Eight pages of b&w photographs—not seen)"
While the old gray Mayer (Whatever Happened to Madison Avenue?, 1991, etc.) ain't what he used to be, there still are few to rival his command of high—and low—finance—and so his account of how Salomon Brothers rigged the unregulated market in government securities represents an informed, if sometimes exasperating, contribution to the literature. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DEAR MARTIN by Nic Stone
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Though constrained, the work nevertheless stands apart in a literature that too often finds it hard to look hard truths in the face. Take interest and ask questions. (Fiction. 14-18)"
In this roller-coaster ride of a debut, the author summons the popular legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. to respond to the recent tragic violence befalling unarmed black men and boys. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MARTIN AMIS by Richard Bradford
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 12, 2012

"Just serviceable. Readers interested in all things Amis will want to refer to the roman à clef The Information and anxiously await an autobiography."
Indifferently written bio of "the best prose stylist in English…in the closing decades of the last and the opening of this century." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MARTIN BAUMAN; by David Leavitt
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2000

"Nonetheless, the gossip value alone should make this Leavitt's most popular book. It's also his best since his early successes, Family Dancing (1984) and The Lost Language of Cranes (1986): a cri de coeur that's intelligent, funny, and genuinely revealing."
What might almost have been Leavitt's first novel is instead the presumably autobiographical stuff of his ambitious fifth: an alternately lighthearted and turgid chronicle of a young writer's pursuit of love and fame in the New York literary world of the early 1980s. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MARTIN RIVAS by Alberto Blest Gana
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 1999

"Blest Gana is no Balzac; he may, however, be Chile's Howard Fast or Upton Sinclair."
This intermittently tedious but eventually rewarding fiction—the first full-length novel published (in 1862) by its Chilean author, a would-be Balzac—portrays in workmanlike depth the —education— of its eponymous hero as he is born in the impoverished north, raised by a wealthy Santiago family, and matured by his involvement in revolutionary politics. Read full book review >

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MARTIN LUTHER by Richard Marius
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1999

"Valuable for its depiction of Luther's mad wrestling with doubt and despair, but too one-sided to capture the contradictions in its complex subject. (16 b&w photos, not seen)"
The darkest biography yet of the irascible Luther, by Harvard professor emeritus and novelist Marius (Thomas More: A Biography, 1984, etc.). Read full book review >

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DANIEL MARTIN by John Fowles
Released: Sept. 12, 1977

"The surprise is that he has chosen to burden his realest, smallest story with the unlikely job of explaining—and finding hope in—Twentieth-Century Life."
A writer and his women ("his past futures, his future pasts")—and an attempt to discover "what had gone wrong not only with Daniel Martin, but his generation, age, century. . . ." Read full book review >