Rhodes, Ben

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After the Fall: Being American in the World We’ve Made

A useful, albeit partisan, view of the U.S. political scene from one of its lesser-known participants. Similar, but not identical reflections are offered in Samantha Power’s The Education of an Idealist, Susan Rice’s Tough Love, and, conversely, Karl Rove’s Courage and Consequence.

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CEO Society: The Corporate Takeover of Everyday Life

This quick and engaging read will appeal to anyone interested in the impact of globalism and the worship of corporatism.
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Energy: A Human History

Rhodes's study will appeal to many, not just technophiles. As always, he is an exceptionally engaging writer.
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Energy: A Human History

Waterpower, the steam engine, the internal combustion engine, and today's renewable alternatives: Pulitzer Prize winner Rhodes moves from Queen Elizabeth I to Benjamin Franklin to Henry Ford and toward a globally warmed future as he shows us how energy has shaped our history...
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This Is Awkward: How Life's Uncomfortable Moments Open the Door to Intimacy and Connection

Those new to the author might find the humor falls a little flat and the narrative gaze is limited. Despite these issues, this breezy book provides insights into the reality of living imperfectly.
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The Winter Foundlings

Fans of the first two books starring Quentin won't be disappointed; the mood is rife with fear and sexual tension as Quentin and Burns attempt to catch a child killer before he strikes again. [Library marketing.]
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Hell and Good Company: The Spanish Civil War and the World It Made

Although subject experts should look elsewhere for a cohesive study or original research, readers unfamiliar with the Spanish Civil War will discover the tragicomic experiences and human costs of Europe's first war against fascism. [See Prepub Alert, 8/4/14.]
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A Killing of Angels

The sophomore outing for psychologist Alice Quentin ranks high on the violence meter. Rhodes's menacing tone is overlaid with an academician's love of art history, and the psychological tension is huge. Don't turn the lights off!
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The End of Plagues: The Global Battle Against Infectious Disease

This highly recommended work offers valuable, nuanced information to readers interested in public health policies and individual health decisions.
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