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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American Landscape by Robert M. Tucker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2013

"An ambitious but unevenly executed historical novel."
Tucker, in his debut, offers a detailed novel of 1930s America. Read full book review >

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GYPSY HEARTS by Robert M. Eversz
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1997

"Smart-alecky, frequently hilarious storytelling, with brainy send-ups of vampiric Europeans and idiotic Americans on the dark side of the post-Cold War Grand Tour."
Breezy, laugh-out-loud school-of-Westlake caper with plenty of nasty, nihilistic twists, the best yet from screenwriter and crime novelist Eversz (Shooting Elvis, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >

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A BRIEF HISTORY OF AMERICAN CULTURE by Robert M. Crunden
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Leavening common information with uncommon insights and skillfully managing—without directly addressing—the difficulties of its mission, Crunden's work should provoke fine conversations on what Americans might want to say next."
Reworking a book first published abroad, Crunden (American Civilization/Univ. of Texas at Austin) provides readers in these United States with a useful overview of their cultural history. Read full book review >

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DIGGING JAMES DEAN by Robert M. Eversz
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Eversz gives Nina engaging depth, though the dense prose and grim story may turn off some readers."
In the course of helping a teenaged waif, a tabloid paparazza unearths a creepy cult. Read full book review >

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WALDEN'S SHORE by Robert M. Thorson
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 16, 2013

"An intriguing academic book best read in conjunction with Walden."
Thorson (Geology/Univ. of Connecticut; Beyond Walden: The Hidden History of America's Kettle Lake and Ponds, 2009, etc.) follows up his earlier work by establishing Henry David Thoreau's own scientific credentials. Read full book review >

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SECTION 60 by Robert M. Poole
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"A momentous and moving follow-up to On Hallowed Ground."
An honorable survey of Arlington National Cemetery's subdivision for military personnel killed in the global war on terror. Read full book review >

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GERONIMO  by Robert M. Utley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 27, 2012

"This is no hagiography. Utley presents the culture, upbringing and external forces that made Geronimo the man he became, warts and all."
In addition to a biography of the great Native-American warrior, Utley (Little Bighorn Battlefield and Custer's Last Stand, 2011) takes readers on a tour of southern Arizona, New Mexico and Mexico. Read full book review >