Search Results: "Alan Weisman"


BOOK REVIEW

THE WORLD WITHOUT US by Alan Weisman
NON-FICTION
Released: July 10, 2007

"Weisman quietly unfolds his sobering cautionary tale, allowing us to conclude what we may about the balancing act that nature and humans need to maintain to survive."
Nicely textured account of what the Earth would look like if humans disappeared. Read full book review >

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COUNTDOWN by Alan Weisman
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"Some news is hopeful, and a few nations have taken action, so this is not a jeremiad but a realistic, vividly detailed exploration of the greatest problem facing our species."
Following up The World Without Us (2007), which explored how the Earth might heal from our depredations if humans became extinct, journalist Weisman writes a more conventional but equally astute analysis of how humans might avoid extinction. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Despite some fine writing and genuinely interesting social history, this exploration of the self through the lens of family history is too narrow a subject to sustain this lengthy narrative."
Everyone's family history is endlessly fascinating - to them. To avoid boring a non-family member, however, requires either great skill as a storyteller or extremely colorful relatives. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NO. 4 IMPERIAL LANE by Jonathan Weisman
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"A fresh, enlightening book, complex, emotionally resonant, and readable."
An American college student extends his year abroad in Thatcher-ite England and takes a position assisting a quadriplegic in New York Times reporter Weisman's debut novel. Read full book review >

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KBL by John  Weisman
Released: Nov. 15, 2011

"A down-and-dirty thriller that feels as rushed as its publication date."
In a fictional version of the recent true-life event, SEAL Team Six rises to the occasion and terminates the world's most famous terrorist. Read full book review >

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SOAR by John  Weisman
Released: Aug. 5, 2003

"Only experts will be able to keep in mind the differences between, say, an HIT helicopter and a HIND gunship, but so many crackerjack good guys, stirring esprit de corps, and spectacular explosions make for a suspenseful war fantasy."
Acronym-encrusted, jargon-heavy, military shoot-'em-up. Read full book review >

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ALAN GRATZ
by Megan Labrise

To many Americans, the plight of refugees can seem remote—until you find their boat.

Middle-grade novelist Alan Gratz was vacationing in the Florida Keys when his family discovered an abandoned escape raft during a walk on the beach.

“It was clearly a raft from some other place in the Caribbean, trying to get to America,” says Gratz, whom Kirkus ...


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BOOK REVIEW

REUNITED by Hilary Weisman Graham
Released: June 12, 2012

"Road-trip fans won't find this remarkably original, but it does satisfy all the typical requirements of the genre. (Fiction. 12 & up)"
Estranged best friends take a road trip to see a band concert at the end of senior year in a tired plot that fulfills all the promises of improbable events with the heart-warming ending readers have come to expect. Read full book review >

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ROGUE WARRIOR: GREEN TEAM by Richard Marcinko
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1995

"Despite occasionally distracting halts for mutinous asides on authority or deadly serious critiques of contemporary firearms, another excellent adventure for the rogue warrior and his highly trained SEALs. (Author tour)"
Marcinko has not gone gentle into the good night of retirement following a rough-and-ready career as a US Navy SEAL (chronicled in blood-red, white, and blue detail in his bestselling 1992 autobiography, Rogue Warrior). Read full book review >

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ROGUE WARRIOR: DETACHMENT BRAVO by Richard Marcinko
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 2001

The outrageously lippy Marcinko/Weisman team have marketed retired Commander Marcinko's original hotheaded memoir of his years as a Navy SEAL (Rogue Warrior, 1992) into what has become a quasifictional ten-volume series. Read full book review >

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ROGUE WARRIOR II: RED CELL by Richard Marcinko
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 1994

"Fast action and advanced weaponry at every turn; in-your-face commentary on the powers that be; a steady stream of imaginatively salty language: What more could any red-blooded, two-fisted, he-man fantasist want?"
Rogue Warrior, a blood-and-guts account of Marcinko's stormy- petrel career as a Navy SEAL, earned its author a top spot on 1992's bestseller lists. Read full book review >

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ROGUE WARRIOR: ECHO PLATOON by Richard Marcinko
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2000

"The first-person narration is as mannered as a Restoration comedy, but fans will enjoy the customary blend of heroics and politically incorrect commentary. (Author tour)"
A sixth blood-and-guts novel in the series spun off from Marcinko's bestselling (nonfiction) memoir of his career as a Navy SEAL (Rogue Warrior, 1992). Read full book review >