Search Results: "Arlen Specter"


BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"One too many war stories, but fun for political junkies. (16 pp. photos, not seen)"
After confessing that he has a "fetish for facts," Senator Specter (R-Penn.) proceeds to dish up plenty of them in this hefty memoir. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2012

"A highly readable battle cry from the moderate center—and timely, given the tenor of politics today."
Senator Specter, swept out of office in 2010, takes a hard look at what happened—and at the collapse, as he sees it, of civil politics. Read full book review >

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HAROLD ARLEN by Edward Jablonski
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 28, 1996

"Though at times overconsiderate (the subject remains unnecessarily saintly through some questionably racist musicals, dalliances with other women, etc.), this definitive book draws Arlen with complexity and clarity. (illustrations, not seen)"
An efficacious reconsideration of a songwriter whose career exemplified the cross-pollination of black and white popular music. Read full book review >

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DARK SPECTER by Michael Dibdin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 20, 1996

"A superior vintage pressed from the most unlikely grapes."
Most suspense novels are spoiled to a certain extent by summary, but Dibdin's unusual new mystery represents an extreme case in which the less you know in advance, the better. Read full book review >

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THE SPECTER KEY by Kaleb Nation
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2010

"Not a stand-alone, or, for that matter, a stand-at-all. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
The author of Bran Hambric: The Fairfield Curse (2009) dishes up an equally maladroit sequel featuring the same sort of nonsensical plot, clumsy satirical elements and ham-fisted writing. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Although much of the ground covered is well trod, this is an admirably complete introduction to the history of the Cold War."
A brief but thoughtful essay outlining the terrible misapprehensions that led to escalating tensions between the US and the Soviet Union from the close of WW I to the end of the Korean conflict. Read full book review >

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A SPECTER OF JUSTICE by Mark de Castrique
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Sam's fifth case (A Murder in Passing, 2013, etc.) is an entertaining whodunit with colorful characters, swift-footed plotting, and a confident narrative voice."
A pair of creepy killings seems right up North Carolina shamus Sam Blackman's alley, especially when it looks as if a good friend is being framed for the crimes. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 2, 2009

"Denialism, it would seem, includes denying that science has ever caused harm. Specter's spirited approach to his subject is admirable, but his brush is far too broad and his disdain far too deep."
From New Yorker staffer Specter, a sarcasm-drenched denunciation of all who will not kneel at the altar of science. Read full book review >

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A DEATH BY ANY OTHER NAME by Tessa Arlen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 14, 2017

"Arlen (Death Sits down to Dinner, 2016, etc.) follows up on her two previous Downton Abbey-era tales with the requisite stately mansion and quirky dramatis personae, although this third entry feels more labored than cozy."
A compassionate countess and her levelheaded housekeeper brave the thorns among the roses at a horticultural house party. Read full book review >

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DEATH SITS DOWN TO DINNER by Tessa Arlen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 29, 2016

"A neatly crafted whodunit that drips with diamonds, titles, and scandals."
A countess takes time from her lavish social whirl to solve a murder. Read full book review >