Biography & Autobiography

A Roomful of Hovings and Other Profiles

Author: John McPhee

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

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In this unique book, John McPhee takes us into the world of several fascinating people. His inimitable style reveals the intricate details of his characters' lives. 1. Thomas P. F. Hoving 2. Euell Gibbons 3. M.I.T. Fellows in Africa 4. Robert Twynam, of Wimbledon 5. Temple Fielding
Literary Collections

The John McPhee Reader

Author: John McPhee

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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Category: Literary Collections

Page: 385

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The John McPhee Reader, first published in 1976, is comprised of selections from the author's first twelve books. In 1965, John McPhee published his first book, A Sense of Where You Are; a decade later, he had published eleven others. His fertility, his precision and grace as a stylist, his wit and uncanny brilliance in choosing subject matter, his crack storytelling skills have made him into one of our best writers: a journalist whom L.E. Sissman ranked with Liebling and Mencken, who Geoffrey Wolff said "is bringing his work to levels that have no measurable limit," who has been called "a master craftsman" so many times that it is pointless to number them.
Science

Stealing Into Print

Author: Marcel C. LaFollette

Publisher: Univ of California Press

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Category: Science

Page: 293

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False data published by a psychologist influence policies for treating the mentally retarded. A Nobel Prize-winning molecular biologist resigns the presidency of Rockefeller University in the wake of a scandal involving a co-author accused of fabricating data. A university investigating committee declares that almost half the published articles of a promising young radiologist are fraudulent. Incidents like these strike at the heart of the scientific enterprise and shake the confidence of a society accustomed to thinking of scientists as selfless seekers of truth. Marcel LaFollette's long-awaited book gives a penetrating examination of the world of scientific publishing in which such incidents of misconduct take place. Because influential scientific journals have been involved in the controversies, LaFollette focuses on the fragile "peer review" process—the editorial system of seeking pre-publication opinions from experts. She addresses the cultural glorification of science, which, combined with a scientist's thirst for achievement, can seem to make cheating worth the danger. She describes the great risks taken by the accusers—often scholars of less prestige and power than the accused—whom she calls "nemesis figures" for their relentless dedication to uncovering dishonesty. In sober warning, LaFollette notes that impatient calls from Congress, journalists, and taxpayers for greater accountability from scientists have important implications for the entire system of scientific research and communication. Provocative and learned, Stealing Into Print is certain to become the authoritative work on scientific fraud, invaluable to the scientific community, policy makers, and the general public.
Science

Outcroppings

Author: John McPhee

Publisher: Gibbs Smith

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Category: Science

Page: 130

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Landscape photographs accompany selections from McPhee's writings about Switzerland, Alaska, the West, and the Pine Barrens
Literary Collections

Basin and Range

Author: John McPhee

Publisher: Macmillan

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Category: Literary Collections

Page: 215

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McPhee traces the geologic history of the region extending from eastern Utah to eastern California, juxtaposes descriptions of this terrain as it was eons ago with its contemporary features, and examines the plate tectonics revolution
Biography & Autobiography

A Sense of Where You Are

Author: John McPhee

Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux

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Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 144

View: 799

When John McPhee met Bill Bradley, both were at the beginning of their careers. "A Sense of Where You Are," McPhee's first book, is about Bradley when he was the best basketball player Princeton had ever seen. McPhee delineates for the reader the training and techniques that made Bradley the extraordinary athlete he was, and this part of the book is a blueprint of superlative basketball. But athletic prowess alone would not explain Bradley's magnetism, which is in the quality of the man himself--his self-discipline, his rationality, and his sense of responsibility. Here is a portrait of Bradley as he was in college, before his time with the New York Knicks and his election to the U.S. Senate--a story that suggests the abundant beginnings of his professional careers in sport and politics.
Australia

The Art of John Glover

Author: John A. McPhee

Publisher: South Melbourne, Vic. : Macmillan

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Category: Australia

Page: 102

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