Search Results: "Allan R. Millett"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2000

"Strongly written with the stern clarity of senior historians, this is a spellbinding history: the reader will hear the whine of the bombers and see the guttering lights of Europe, and find this rich assemblage of horror and destiny hard to set down."
A magisterial, hypnotically detailed tactical narrative of WWII, with the competing military, political, and social histories of the maelstrom writ large—yet comprehensibly presented. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"A work of fine research, peer review and precise, evenhanded writing that is standing the test of time."
The third edition of this solid, comprehensive military history of the United States, first published in 1984, reworks the era from the Korean War onward and includes the requisite additions wrought by the "global war on terrorism." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 28, 1994

"Not greatly argued, then, but a high and useful appeal for action."
The legal and routine torture of criminals was abolished in the 19th century, Millett (The Loony-Bin Trip, 1990, etc.) maintains; but torture made a comeback in the 20th century against political enemies of the state, and now half the world's countries use torture to control and intimidate their own citizens. Read full book review >

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SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE RED DEMON by Larry Millett
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Paul is hinted."
An urgent, lucrative demand from railroad tycoon James J. Hill sends Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson to the pine forests of Minnesota, which a letter-writer calling himself the Red Demon has threatened to set afire, destroying 85 miles of Hill's Eastern Minnesota Railway along with the surrounding landscape. Read full book review >

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SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE SECRET ALLIANCE by Larry Millett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2001

"Expect the brawny saloonkeeper to get top billing next time."
The city of Minneapolis is sprucing itself up for President William McKinley's impending visit. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 8, 2005

"Any offering that purports to explain 'the facts of life,' as its jacket copy boasts, but dodges that critical question, does both children and their hapless parents a real disservice. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Willy is an enterprising little sperm, if a little on the numb side when it comes to arithmetic. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE BIRD by Nicholas Allan
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"Allan plays the excreta for laughs, but mixing it with even indirect biblical references—and without the saving grace of originality or real humor—is sure to offend somebody, somewhere. (Picture book. 6-9)"
A twist on the tale of Noah, irreverently told and catering, in the depiction of quantities of feces, to the tired trend of grossness. ``There were no animals or people on the island, so the hermit had it all to himself,'' the story opens. Read full book review >

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THE FLYERS by Allan Drummond
ADVENTURE
Released: Sept. 6, 2003

"The breezy illustration style makes this soar, creating an airy sensation that is whimsical while providing a context for the momentous event and its impact on the future. (Picture book. 4-8)"
An inventive and intriguing approach narrates the Wright brothers' historic flight on December 17, 2003. Read full book review >

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PEDAL POWER by Allan Drummond
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 28, 2017

"Drummond rolls along with another successful story of environmental change. (bibliography) (Informational picture book. 5-9)"
Pedal-power protests in the 1970s turned Amsterdam into "the capital city of cycling." Read full book review >

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SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE RUNE STONE MYSTERY by Larry Millett
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

Sherlock Holmes And The Runestone Mystery ($23.95; Oct.; 336 pp.; 0-670-88821-4) It's spring 1899: time of course for another adventure of Sherlock Holmes in Minnesota, where he and Watson—and barkeeper/inquiry agent Shadwell Rafferty (Sherlock Holmes and the Ice Palace Murders, 1998)—will try to authenticate the Holandberg rune stone: a task made considerably more difficult when Olaf Wahlgren, the farmer who dug it up, is murdered and the stone snatched away. Read full book review >