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Robert Hughes’s latest tome, Rome: A Cultural, Visual, and Personal History, proves once again that this erudite man can take on a mammoth task such as chronicling the entire history of Ro

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At this time of year, the marketplace is rife with books filled with pretty photographs and no substance, but Mr.

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“Regardless of the results of the legislative challenges and the court fights, Remedy and Reaction elevates our understanding of the historical picture of the health care debate.”

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“For that tiny percentage of readers who build their own computers, shamelessly reduce tech support drones to puddles, and know just enough to be, well, dangerous, this may just be the book

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“The Healthcare Cure is concerned with ‘paying health insurance claims,’ while the rest of the world is focused on improving care.”

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“The book breaks down its recipes into comfortably useful chapters on antipasti, soup, sandwiches, salads, pasta, vegetables, seafood, meat, and desserts.

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“Biographies are but the clothes and buttons of the man. The biography of the man himself cannot be written.”
—Mark Twain, Autobiography, 1924

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“Would that the publisher have gone on the complete journey with Hockney and Gayford and made this the large-scale volume that it deserved to be so that the art could have been as easily ab

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“Mr. Neuwirth seamlessly blends history and economic theory in with his narratives, . . . This is a fun read, and not just for professors of political economy.

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“‘Like rock musicians, the persona of the artists is central to the content of the work.’”

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The essence of the argument that Tyler Cowen advances in The Great Stagnation is that the U.S.’s prosperity over the last three decades has been derived from “lots of low-hanging fruit .

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“If talent can provoke you or inspire you, then this book will stimulate your creative juices . . .”

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What does it take to make a place lively, a code word for appealing, competitive, sustainable? What choices should those who have leadership responsibility for place stewardship make?

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“Miraculously, however, there isn’t an ounce of self-pity in the book. Instead, Mr. Doughty proceeds with a healthy mix of objectivity and irony. . . .

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“Patti Smith adulates the imagination, especially childhood imagination, mysticism or spirituality, dreams, sensations, nature, the sublime and individualism.

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“This is a book that strives to be inclusive but comes off as solidly elitist.”

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“While it has practical uses, Gifts from the Gods does not represent the author’s most compelling writing.

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“Manolo Blahnik and the Tale of the Elves and the Shoemaker is truly a jewel for anyone with even a fleeting interest in the fashion business—or for those who still believe in the

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Most books about major business events tend to focus on the most recent activity, to concentrate on consequences rather than causes, and to emphasize the perpetrators’ personalities more than their

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Let’s get the bad out of the way first: This is a terribly titled book. Surprisingly, there are three other identically named books in the world. One suspects they must share an editor.

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“From page 435 onward, Spencer Tracy is an excellent biography indeed, albeit one that would have benefited greatly from losing at least a good 200 of those first 400 pages. . . .

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“One Writer’s Garden is a handsome, durable book. If a reader has interest in gardens and also American literature, it will prove nearly irresistible.

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“Those seeking a history of the music of the 1960s and those who made it, a somewhat gossipy account of what Joni Mitchell referred to as ‘the refuge of the road,’ will find much to admire

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“. . . stiff, awkward, and confusing with all of its redundant information. . . .

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“And so it goes. In the end, Shatner’s Rules, like Shatner’s ego and Shatner’s vocal patterns, are uniquely his own.

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