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Recommended Readings (Jan. 2009)

Need a good book? Take a look at the recommendations below. This page is designed to highlight readings suggested by people in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. We've created this site because expressing our enthusiasm for a favorite book is a wonderful way to share ideas, to stimulate discussion, and to simply embrace a love of reading. We hope you will find this useful in your search for a good book!

Most Wanted Man 50

A Most Wanted Man by John Le Carré, Scribner, 2008 - Reviewed by Ulf Goebel

Tightly plotted, and as convoluted in its narrative twists as any of Le Carré's novels, this latest is perhaps a bit more cranky than its predecessors, but no less gripping a read.
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Remarkable Creatures 50

Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origin of Species by Sean B. Carroll, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2009 - Reviewed by Michael Zimmerman

In this light but thoroughly engaging book, Carroll provides vignettes of some of the people who have made the most significant discoveries in the field of evolutionary biology.
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Disney Devour 50

Team Rodent: How Disney Devours the World by Carl Hiaasen, Ballantine Books 1998 - Reviewed by J. Rocky Colavito

Disney and its various corporate manifestations are so entrenched in the public consciousness that they are as recognizable as other American symbols. But behind the symbols lurks…
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Drunkards Walk 50

The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives by Leonard Mlodinow, Pantheon Books 2008 - Reviewed by Robert Dale

Against all odds, Leonard Mlodinow has written an enthralling book about probability and statistics. Informed that he had tested HIV-positive…
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Innocent Man 50

The Innocent Man by John Grisham, Dell 2007 - Reviewed by Judi Morrel

Known for his fiction, John Grisham has written a compelling true crime tale that tells the harrowing story of Ron Williamson, a one-time big league baseball prospect…
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University Marketing 50

University Marketing Mistakes: 50 Pitfalls to Avoid by Thomas Hayes and Roy Adler, Council for the Advancement and Support of Education 2008 - Reviewed by Ed Kanis

For anyone seeking practical and proven marketing insights and perspectives, University Marketing Mistakes: 50 Pitfalls to Avoid is a must read.
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