Search Results: "Neil Irwin"


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THE ALCHEMISTS by Neil Irwin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2013

"The most complete and authoritative account to date of the response of the central bankers to the global financial crisis."
Holding that monetary policy is too subtle and complex to entrust to politicians beholden to the whims of an uninformed electorate, Washington Post financial columnist Irwin convincingly argues that independent central banks are an essential element of responsible economic stewardship. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2010

"Massive World War II fireworks and individual heroism that accomplished little but makes for an entertaining read."
Any history of Operation Market-Garden, the September 1944 Allied airborne assault behind German lines has two strikes against it—masterful accounts by Cornelius Ryan and Martin Middlebrook. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 16, 1998

"A pleasant Borscht Belt memoir, much like a Borscht Belt meal: excessive beyond nourishment, but hey, why not try a little? (62 b&w photos, not seen) (For the grander side of life in the Catskills, see Richard Grossinger's Out of Babylon, p. 1622.)"
For more than half a century, until about 1970, legions of middle-class Jewish workers and businessmen moved their families each summer from crowded New York quarters to Catskill bungalow colonies and communal settlements known as kuchaleins (literally: ``cook alones''). Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"An enchanting dragoman and chaperon for sleepless nights with Scheherazade."
Matching The Arabian Nights' scope and enchantment with erudition and wit, Irwin (The Arabian Nightmare, 1987) explores its elusive kingdom of stories, delving into the vast work's textual genesis, cultural history, and literary legacy. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 11, 2000

"Magic carpets, djinns emerging from bottles, and both lyric grace and earthy realism are prominently featured—in an indispensable anthology that has the breadth of an encyclopedia and the immediacy of a fascinating tale told by a fireside."
This lavish collection of prose and poetry spanning the 4th through 16th centuries is one of the year's most pleasant surprises. Read full book review >

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Released: Aug. 9, 2012

"The fascinating memoir of a true Hollywood mogul that traces his life from Brooklyn to Warner Brothers. (27 pages of b/w photographs)"
An account of Halloween creator Yablans' rise from a hardscrabble childhood in Brooklyn to the upper echelons of the studio system in Hollywood where he would help change the way movies are made. Read full book review >

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THE ORIGINAL FREDDIE ACKERMAN by Hadley Irwin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 30, 1992

"A grandly unassuming story, strewn with eccentric personalities, all with their hearts in the right places. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Already adrift because of his parents' many divorces and marriages, Trevor ``Freddie'' Ackerman feels stranded by a summer with two elderly aunts on an island in Maine, without TV or other electronic entertainment. Read full book review >

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CAN'T HEAR YOU LISTENING by Hadley Irwin
Released: Oct. 30, 1990

Superbright Stanley has always been both an achiever and dependable in other ways, like helping Tracy's dad collect scientific data on a nearby prairie. Read full book review >

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SOCIETY OF THE MORNING STAR by C.W. Irwin
MYSTERY THRILLER

"At times fearful, exciting and even erotic, this journey into faith and vice revels in surprises."
Irwin delivers a potent mix of murder, mystery and mysticism in this entertaining debut thriller. Read full book review >

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THE PILTDOWN CONFESSION by Irwin Schwartz
Released: July 21, 1994

"As murder mysteries go, it's pretty lame, and the book never lives up to its promise, despite a clever and amusing twist at the very end. (Illustrations)"
This is a mildly entertaining yet ill-conceived fictional solution to one of science's great whodunits: Who perpetrated the infamous Piltdown Man hoax? Read full book review >

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JIM-DANDY by Hadley Irwin
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1994

"Beautifully wrought; the compelling simplicity and subtly rendered emotion invite comparison with Sarah, Plain and Tall. (Fiction. 10+)"
In their first historical novel since I Be Somebody (1984), a well-regarded pseudonymous team constructs a taut tale of the spirited horse that Custer actually purchased for his wife and the fictional Kansas farm boy who raised him. Read full book review >