Bob Duffy

Former academic Bob Duffy is a Maryland author and brand consultant. His writing credits range from scholarly articles about literary history and film to commentaries on business strategy and emerging online technologies. As an ad agency vice president, Bob founded and led a national research and strategy practice serving large organizations He has spoken and led workshops on digital branding throughout the U.S., Europe, and the Far East, and his articles have appeared in Social Media Today, Literature-Film Quarterly, Government Executive, and Public Relations Quarterly, among many other periodicals. He also makes occasional forays into short fiction, with half-a-dozen stories appearing or forthcoming online or in print.


89 entries by Bob Duffy

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An illuminating examination of enduring, aged texts.

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An affectionate, erudite look back at Bugs and Daffy’s reign.

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Matrix: A Novel

By Lauren Groff

Banished to a nunnery, a headstrong 12th-century girl discovers her strength.

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A superb true-crime narrative set in fulsome historical context.

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Dream Girl: A Novel

By Laura Lippman

This subversively witty tale starts off as a mystery in search of a crime.

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This riveting biography of the infamous “spy” makes a persuasive case for its subject’s innocence.

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Red Widow: A Novel

By Alma Katsu

This gripping, authentic spy procedural is made even stronger by its mostly female cast of characters.

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The Falcon Thief

By Joshua Hammer

A wild tale of crime and punishment amid the world of raptors and rapscallions.

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Though ably capturing his subject’s life, this biographer seems dismissive of her work.

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Snow: A Novel

By John Banville

The traditional manor-house mystery is turned on its head in this cheeky whodunit set in mid-20th-century Ireland.

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Richard III

By Michael Hicks

Was the notorious stage villain really such a bad guy?

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The Talented Miss Farwell: A Novel

By Emily Gray Tedrowe

A hardworking, filial young woman in small-town Illinois isn't quite what she seems...

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A Castle in Wartime

By Catherine Bailey

A captive German mother’s tribulations amid the final throes of the Reich.

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The latest installment in the entertaining series takes an unexpected — and not entirely successful — turn toward the supernatural.

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A detail-rich, engaging account of the United States’ WWII preparations.

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Caligula

By Stephen Dando-Collins

An entertaining, modern-day look at a notorious long-ago ruler.

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In West Mills

By De’Shawn Charles Winslow

This debut brings rural American culture into vibrant, emotion-grabbing focus.

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The Deep: A Novel

By Alma Katsu

A survivor of the Titanic tempts fate and faces down her ghosts.

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Ten Caesars

By Barry Strauss

A wild, thoroughly enjoyable ride through four centuries of imperial rule.

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The Triumph of Christianity

By Bart D. Ehrman

From Paul to Constantine, a modest faith’s stunning rise to prominence.

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No Beast So Fierce

By Dane Huckelbridge

The thrilling clash of man versus monster, told in evenhanded detail.

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Deacon King Kong: A Novel

By James McBride

A National Book Award winner’s uplifting tale of life, death, and redemption in the Brooklyn projects.

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A wild tale of crime and punishment amid the world of raptors and rapscallions.

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The Truants: A Novel

By Kate Weinberg

This beguiling homage to Dame Agatha Christie plays out in a proper British university.

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A haunting, dystopian tale of the Third Reich.

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Was the notorious stage villain really such a bad guy?

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Her family fractured, a 6-year-old detective searches for answers surrounding her brother’s disappearance.

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A captive German mother’s tribulations amid the final throes of the Reich.

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A dazzling, true-life saga of the spy-versus-spy underpinnings of the Cold War.

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A sprawling chronicle of ocean-going warfare from a scholar and hands-on explorer.

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French Exit

By Patrick DeWitt

A witty (and somewhat soulless) postmodernist comedy of arch understatement.

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A third-world tale starkly relevant to our own plight today.

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Caligula: The Mad Emperor of Rome

By Stephen Dando-Collins

An entertaining, modern-day look at a notorious long-ago ruler.

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Barnum: An American Life

By Robert Wilson

A clear-eyed new look at the 19th-century huckster.

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A befuddling, fragmentary plunge into the realm of computer criminals.

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In West Mills: A Novel

By De’Shawn Charles Winslow

This debut brings rural American culture into vibrant, emotion-grabbing focus.

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A wild, thoroughly enjoyable ride through four centuries of imperial rule.

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An engrossing, even spectacular, true story that reads like a thriller.

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Richard III

By Chris Skidmore

Misunderstood? Maligned? Maybe so…but still as ruthless as the age in which he lived.

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The thrilling clash of man versus monster, told in evenhanded detail.

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Blood Orange: A Novel

By Harriet Tyce

A bad-girl barrister tries to find justice before it’s too late in this formulaic thriller.

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Chronicling the ebb and flow of Latin culture over half a millennium.

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The Current: A Novel

By Tim Johnston

A fatal road trip dredges up a small town’s memories of a decade-old murder.

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The Day the Sun Died: A Novel

By Yan Lianke; translated by Carlos Rojas

From today’s China, a sardonic fable about social conformity and the impulses it suppresses.

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A revealing, maybe shocking, consideration of three Irish literary patriarchs.

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Everything Under: A Novel

By Daisy Johnson

This Man Booker-nominated retelling of the Oedipus tale brings a wrenching, transcendent relevance to the myth.

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Thomas Cromwell: A Revolutionary Life

By Diarmaid MacCulloch

Everything you wanted to know about Henry VIII’s trusted fixer.

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The Burning Time

By Virginia Rounding

An authoritative chronicle of the gruesome era when religious dissenters met their end at the stake.

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French Exit: A Novel

By Patrick DeWitt

A witty (and somewhat soulless) postmodernist comedy of arch understatement.

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Dinner with Darwin

By Jonathan Silvertown

A fascinating discussion of the science and anthropology behind today’s human diet.

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A deep and detailed dive into a staple of American popular mythology.

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Two familiar critters from folklore have their day in these cultural histories.

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A scholarly overview of the once-mighty realm’s last hurrah in the West.

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Since We Fell

By Dennis Lehane

A compulsively readable — if formulaic — thriller from a master of the genre.

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This accessible chronicle of the Eternal City is ideal for lay readers.

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Misunderstood? Maligned? Maybe so…but still as ruthless as the age in which he lived.

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Four Princes

By John Julius Norwich

A famed historian offers a fascinating look at the intersecting reigns of several powerful rulers.

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The Plague of War

By Jennifer T. Roberts

An erudite retelling of the brutal long-ago clashes.

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Chicago

By David Mamet

A premier American dramatist tackles the whodunit…after his fashion.

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From Paul to Constantine, a modest faith’s stunning rise to prominence.

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How America Lost Its Secrets

By Edward Jay Epstein

Is the infamous leaker a patriot or pariah? A veteran author tries to untangle the truth.

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Release Your Inner Roman

By Jerry Toner

A Cambridge don serves up a tongue-in-cheek guide to classical etiquette.

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It’s not just our president, it’s the “termites” he’s unleashed to undermine the Executive Branch.

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Haunted

By Leo Braudy

A scholarly yet readable treatise on things that go bump in the night.

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The Immortalists: A Novel

By Chloe Benjamin

Does knowing the date of your death make a difference in how you live?

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A detail-rich chronicle of the Continent’s most formidable — if often unsung — monarchs.

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Formula fiction, yes, but an incendiary, flawlessly crafted thriller nonetheless.

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A distinguished observer navigates an ocean of piscine-related facts.

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Leonardo Da Vinci

By Walter Isaacson

A captivating study of the towering Renaissance innovator and genius.

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A dystopian (yet moving) meditation on motherhood and politics

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The Safe House: A Novel

By Christophe Boltanski; translated by Laura Marris

A Parisian manse becomes a metaphorical frame for a century of memories.

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An authoritative chronicle of the gruesome era when religious dissenters met their end at the stake.

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A 16th-century Christian concubine captures the heart of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent.

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A fascinating discussion of the science and anthropology behind today’s human diet.

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An expert — and laser-focused — discussion of electronic intelligence-gathering in the aftermath of an epic security breach.

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MatchUp

Edited by Lee Child

Pop-fiction powerhouses pair off by gender to take down short-story miscreants.

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Since We Fell: A Novel

By Dennis Lehane

A compulsively readable — if formulaic — new thriller from a master of the genre.

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By John Julius Norwich

A famed historian offers a fascinating look at the intersecting reigns of several powerful rulers.

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An erudite retelling of the brutal long-ago clashes.

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Is the infamous leaker a patriot or pariah? A veteran author tries to untangle the truth.

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A Cambridge don serves up a tongue-in-cheek guide to classical etiquette.

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A detail-rich chronicle of the Continent’s most formidable — if often unsung — monarchs.

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By Leo Braudy

A scholarly yet readable treatise on things that go bump in the night.

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By Yudhijit Bhattacharjee

The incredible tale of a learning-challenged turncoat pilfering intel for Libya.

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Cannibals in Love: A Novel

By Mike Roberts

Whether it’s really a novel or a collection of short stories, this work serves up insight, wit, and a sympathetic rendering of the millennial tribe.

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This funny, masterly prequel to 2014’s Kill My Mother mines noir gold.

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The World According to Star Wars

By Cass R. Sunstein

A prominent legal scholar and social commentator attempts to interpret the blockbuster franchise

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The Last Mile

By David Baldacci

P.I. Amos Decker is back in this latest thriller from the bestselling author

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By Barney Hoskyns

When sex, drugs, and (folk) rock ‘n’ roll took up residence in a sleepy New York village