Search Results: "Robert M. Gates"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1996

"A silent-service veteran's genuinely engrossing from-the- inside-out appraisal of an eventful period in the history of the US and the wider world. (Author tour)"
A career undercover man who reached the top of his furtive profession (as director of the CIA from late 1991 through early 1993), Gates sheds considerable light in this wide-angle memoir on the ways in which the craft of intelligence influenced government policy during the height of the Cold War. Read full book review >

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DUTY by Robert M. Gates
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 14, 2014

"A smart and plainspoken—if sometimes obviously self-serving—insider's view of the military-industrial-governmental complex. Sure to spark plenty of discussion inside the Beltway."
Former Secretary of Defense Gates doesn't exactly bare all in this politically charged memoir, but he doesn't pull many punches, either. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 19, 2016

"A concise distillation of more than five decades of leadership knowledge—good reading for all of the 2016 presidential candidates."
The former secretary of defense offers insights into being an effective leader. Read full book review >

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AND STILL I RISE by Henry Louis Gates Jr.
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"A must for the look-it-up shelf and a poignant reminder of how far we have come—and have yet to go."
A stirring chronology of advances—and some backward steps—in the long struggle for African-American civil rights. Read full book review >

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BYRON by Robert M. Tucker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 14, 2006

"An intelligent, sometimes annoying, but ultimately exciting exploration of intolerance, superstition and the laws of nature and humankind."
Change-its ineluctability, the hopes and the fears it engenders-is the leitmotif of Tucker's coming-of-age drama. Read full book review >

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EUGENE O'NEILL by Robert M. Dowling
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"Although O'Neill claimed he was a 'tragic optimist,' Dowling's sympathetic, comprehensive portrait reveals a man beset by self-hatred and despair, struggling—and failing—to find salvation."
A portrait of a playwright inspired by suffering. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1993

"Multifaceted, and glittering with drama and wit. (B&w photographs, line drawings)"
The ancient alchemists sought for gold, but the new alchemists have found diamonds—in nearly unlimited quantities, and just a good squeeze away—reports Hazen (Science/George Mason University; coauthor, Science Matters, 1992, etc.) in this sparkling gem of technological history. Read full book review >

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WANTED by Robert M. Utley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"A rollicking but thin nonfictional rendering of two of history's most mythologized outlaws."
A comparative study of the simultaneous late-19th-century rises of iconic gunfighters Billy the Kid (1859-1881) and Ned Kelly (1854-1880). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 20, 1993

"First-rate science for the nonscientist that's certain to reduce stress—at least during the time spent reading it. (Forty- two illustrations—not seen)"
Entertaining explanation of how stress affects the body and what we can do to counteract its effects. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2012

"A report of a fascinating new theory on the Earth's origins written in a sparkling style with many personal touches."
Hazen (Earth Science/George Mason Univ.; Genesis: The Scientific Quest for Life's Origins, 2005, etc.) offers startling evidence that "Earth's living and nonliving spheres" have co-evolved over the past 4 billion years. Read full book review >

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ANATOMY OF A FRIENDSHIP by Robert M. Levy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 9, 2007

"A short but emotional testament to the power of friendship."
A man trolls through fond memories of a dear, departed friend. Read full book review >

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BEHAVE by Robert M. Sapolsky
NON-FICTION
Released: May 2, 2017

"An exemplary work of popular science, challenging but accessible."
A wide-ranging, learned survey of all the making-us-tick things that, for better or worse, define us as human. Read full book review >