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

MARY MARTIN by Ronald L. Davis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2008

"Martin's star quality prevails."
Affectionate but not airbrushed portrait of the Broadway diva who got her first big break with a naughty Cole Porter song but flew into legend in a children's classic. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DEAN MARTIN by Michael Freedland
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 15, 2006

"Dino light and lively; anyone seeking a probing look at the life of Dean Martin should look elsewhere—probably at Nick Tosches's Dino: Living High in the Dirty Business of Dreams (1992)."
A biography of singer-actor Martin that has the pace, diffidence and depth of one of Martin's T.V. variety shows. Read full book review >

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MARTIN FROBISHER by James McDermott
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2001

"Intriguing if long-winded. (4 b&w maps and charts)"
The first major biography of the early English explorer since William McFee's widely purchased 1928 Life of Sir Martin Frobisher. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MARTIN DRESSLER by Steven Millhauser
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1996

"It might be another of Dreiser's densely packed tales of financiers and titans, written at characteristic white heat, but by an immeasurably more graceful stylist."
A chronicle of obsession, self-indulgence, and, in a curious way, moral growth, expertly poised between realistic narrative and allegorical fable, from the author of such intriguing, if sometimes unduly gossamer, fictions as Edwin Mullhouse (1972) and In the Penny Arcade (1986). 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 >