Books by John James

FIRST FACTS ABOUT THE ANCIENT ROMANS by Fiona Macdonald
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 15, 1997

"Macdonald (A Samurai Castle, 1995, etc.) offers much to intrigue readers, but they will have to work harder to extract the facts than they would in other, better designed books on the subject. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 7-10)"
In the First Facts series, a look at life in ancient Rome, presented in double-page spreads, each of which is centered on one fact, such as ``Rich Romans Ate Flamingos and Peacocks'' and ``Many Roman Soldiers Couldn't Speak Latin.'' Each spread contains a few paragraphs of information, numerous small captioned pictures, and a box of additional facts. Read full book review >
A SAMURAI CASTLE by Fiona Macdonald
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 15, 1995

"Overall, this is too bland and general to have more than passing appeal. (appendix, glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 10-12)"
In the Inside Story series, a sedate view of traditional samurai culture, with slight emphasis on the great castles built in Japan during the 16th and 17th centuries. Read full book review >
SHAKESPEARE'S THEATER by Jacqueline Morley
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 31, 1994

"A sturdy addition to the Inside Story series. (Index; glossary; chronology) (Nonfiction. 10-13)"
A thumbnail history of the English theater, from its ancient and medieval predecessors to its suppression by the Puritans. Read full book review >
A MEDIEVAL CATHEDRAL by Fiona Macdonald
HISTORY
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

"Cathedral Facts and Building Styles'' are appended; glossary; index. (Nonfiction. 10+)"
The author of A Medieval Castle, also in the ``Inside Story'' series, presents the ingenious, devoted, and indefatigable builders who perfected the medieval cathedral as a stone prayer to God and a place of community pride. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 27, 1991

"Slick pop-psychology for those interested in easy-to-digest self-help books."
Psychotherapist James (co-author, A New Self, 1977, etc.) and her son and fellow therapist expand on transactional analysis to build their own theory of psychology and the human spirit. Read full book review >