Search Results: "Stephen L. Macknik"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 9, 2010

"Entertaining."
With the assistance of New York Times contributor Blakeslee (co-author: The Body Has a Mind of Its Own: How Body Maps in Your Brain Help You Do (Almost) Everything Better, 2007, etc.), neuroscientists Macknik and Martinez-Conde probe the neurological features at work in the magician's craft. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1998

"What he does—and does well—is convey the richness of the material world and the ingenuity of humankind in making use of it."
Remember when you learned about the Stone Age, followed by Bronze and Iron? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 15, 1993

"Sure to provoke much acclamation and dissent."
An important broadside attack on, as Carter (Law/Yale; Reflections of an Affirmative Action Baby, 1991) puts it, the ``effort to banish religion for politic's sake.'' In this passionately argued polemic—which Carter, a black Episcopalian, backs with personal anecdote, historical research, and legal brief—the case is made that something has gone awry in American politics since the heyday of the civil-rights struggle. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PALACE COUNCIL by Stephen L. Carter
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 8, 2008

"The so-called masters of the genre could learn something from Carter's intoxicating blend of political street smarts and literary skill. This is Grade-A entertainment."
A brilliant black writer's harsh education in reality, a search for a lost sibling and the history of "a radical organization [created] to scare white America" are the primary ingredients of the third bulky thriller from Carter (Law/Yale; New England White, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1998

"Some interesting background on manners, but do we really need an argument for not being uncouth?"
Spirited argument for an uncontroversial position. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 11, 2011

"Smart, nuanced and worrying, given a nation mired in two wars—and with more, perhaps, on the horizon."
Barack Obama, Bushian warmonger. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

INTEGRITY by Stephen L. Carter
NON-FICTION
Released: March 13, 1996

"Carter has a supple mind and readable style, but these are overwhelmed by the overinflated and underrealized material. ($50,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
In the footsteps of fellow virtuecrats such as William Bennett and Michael Lewis, another ringing defense of the obvious. Read full book review >

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JERICHO’S FALL by Stephen L. Carter
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 14, 2009

"Let's hope the real Stephen L. Carter reappears soon, displacing this unsatisfying Robert Ludlum clone."
An ailing political heavyweight's secret history is gradually disclosed in this busy thriller from the industrious Yale Law School prof/sociopolitical theorist/bestselling novelist (Palace Council, 2008, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

REFLECTIONS OF AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION BABY by Stephen L. Carter
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 11, 1991

"Americans seems to overlook the harsh historical reality and pervasive attitudes that made affirmative action a necessity."
Affirmative-action programs have ``run their course'' and, according to this overworked, self-referential diatribe from Carter (Yale/Law), that's all to the good. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BACK CHANNEL by Stephen L. Carter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2014

"The tale grinds too slowly at turns and runs a touch too long, but Carter delivers a satisfying historical thriller with some nice cliffhanging moments."
Mutually assured destruction meets the dawning civil rights era in legal scholar/novelist Carter's (Yale Law School; The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln, 2012, etc.) latest novel. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 12, 1998

"When addressing powerful topics, wishy-washy meditations are just not very satisfying."
Interesting issues, disappointing book. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NEW ENGLAND WHITE by Stephen L. Carter
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 2, 2007

"An overload of exposition and a truckload of involved characters aside, this is a virtually irresistible—and highly intelligent—thriller. Carter strikes again."
A high-profile murder unsettles a New England college town in this eventful second novel from Carter (Law/Yale; The Emperor of Ocean Park, 2002, etc.). Read full book review >