Search Results: "Robert D. Novak"


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2007

"Sure to be popular reading inside the Beltway, and worthy of an audience far beyond it as well."
The controversial conservative columnist bares all—or some, at any rate—to stake a claim for fame beyond naming Valerie Plame. Read full book review >

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A WISH FOR YOU by Matt Novak
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2010

"A sweetly packaged view that a family of three beats two! (Picture book. 1-5)"
In this lighthearted chronicle of the making of a family, text and art deliver an affirmative message. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"This is not the serious work we have come to expect from Novak. (Author tour)"
Glimpses of a fruitful discussion can be found here, despite the effort to hide them behind erudite claptrap. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 19, 2010

"A useful, teeming point of departure for exploring these up-and-coming Eurasian dynamos."
An ambitious, somewhat amorphous look at the many "transition zone[s]" comprising traditional trading posts along the Indian Ocean that are now emerging as important strategic flashpoints. Read full book review >

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FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 3, 2015

"An affecting account of one man's irrepressible will to survive and succeed."
The fictionalization of a memoir that recounts an Armenian's attempt to flee Turkey at the dawn of World War I. Read full book review >

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MOSQUITOES CAN'T BITE NINJAS by Jordan P. Novak
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 28, 2017

"Pass. (Picture book. 4-6)"
A mosquito doesn't stand a chance against a ninja. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"Makes a convincing case that more attention must be paid to our water supply."
Cholera, whose victims' blood is so viscous from dehydration that oxygen-deprived tissues turn blue, is just one of the scourges of contaminated drinking water vividly described in this collection of cautionary tales. Read full book review >

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ASIA'S CAULDRON by Robert D. Kaplan
NON-FICTION
Released: March 25, 2014

"An up-and-down examination in which the author claims that the future of the Pacific Rim will be decided not by what China does but by what America does."
A foreign policy expert looks at the major players in the Southeast Asia Pacific Rim and their nervous watching of what China will do. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 9, 2000

"As with all of Kaplan's work, solid journalism combines with a gloomy sense of history to produce a worthy study."
More travels to difficult places in search of future geopolitical nightmares. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 11, 1999

"Full of ideas but going nowhere in particular, which is perhaps what the author intended all along. (First printing of 40,000; author tour)"
Part history, part philosophy, with some story problems thrown in for good measure: a wandering tale of the origins and uses of the number zero. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2007

"A careful study in economic history that deserves wide airing."
A vigorous account, by a Goldman Sachs VP and presidential adviser, of the high cost of combat. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 9, 1994

"But despite these flaws, Unequal Protection is likely to be an eye-opener—both to those who are not aware of discriminatory environmental policies and to those who are."
This anthology explores the history of environmental racism (the locating of an unfair share of toxic hazards in communities of color) and provides case studies from around the country of blatant discrimination. Read full book review >