Search Results: "Arthur Goldhammer"


BOOK REVIEW

CAPITAL IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY by Thomas Piketty
NON-FICTION
Released: March 10, 2014

"Essential reading for citizens of the here and now. Other economists should marvel at how that plain language can be put to work explaining the most complex of ideas, foremost among them the fact that economic inequality is at an all-time high—and is only bound to grow worse."
A French academic serves up a long, rigorous critique, dense with historical data, of American-style predatory capitalism—and offers remedies that Karl Marx might applaud. Read full book review >

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THE ECONOMICS OF INEQUALITY by Thomas Piketty
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2015

"Not for the numerically faint of heart, and those who are numerate may argue at points—just as Piketty's masterwork has inspired controversy. Still, a discussion worth having and a book worth reading."
In a work that is aligned with but antecedent to his grand synthesis, Capital in the Twenty-First Century (2013), French economist Piketty examines the structural causes of inequality.Read full book review >

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THE MEASURE OF THE WORLD by Denis Guedj
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"'Seldom has history been so inextricably intertwined with the history of science,' comments Guedj. And seldom have such interesting books as his come from that union."
After his fine romp-cum-history-of-mathematics (The Parrot's Theorem, p. 889), Guedj brings us another science-novel, this one set during the French Revolution and telling how the metric system came to be. Read full book review >

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RECOLLECTIONS by Olivier Zunz
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 29, 2016

"In many ways as relevant as the day it was written and great fun to read."
A shrewd, on-the-ground account of how political change is made—and unmade—by the author of Democracy in America. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ALGERIAN CHRONICLES by Albert Camus
Released: May 6, 2013

"A political footnote to a literary legacy."
In a manner less literary than journalistic but more personal than political, the Nobel Prize-winning existentialist argues for a liberal middle ground between French imperialism and the independence of his native Algeria. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DEAD END by Gary E. Goldhammer
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 15, 1994

"Falls short both as narrative and as argument. (10 photos, not seen)"
A self-involved, amateurish tale of a trip into the world of capital punishment. Read full book review >

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PIGAROONS by Arthur  Geisert
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 27, 2004

"Like his previous pig tales, this is engaging, ingenious, and original—a 'pigadilly.' (Picture book. 5-8)"
Only Geisert's agile mind could construct a fanciful pig plot with pirates, ice sculptures, and flying ships. Read full book review >

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SERIOUS TROUBLE by Arthur  Howard
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Tucking plenty of wordplay into the brief text to complement his playful, loosely drawn illustrations, Howard produces another child-friendly episode, this one with an underlying message about parental expectations and being allowed to be one's own fool. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Another perceptive, deceptively cartoonish tale from Howard. Read full book review >

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HOODWINKED by Arthur  Howard
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"These illustrations enhance and enrich an amusing story that is sure to please. (Picture book. 3-8)"
When it's time to choose a pet, a young witch named Mitzi requires something that is definitely not cute or cuddly. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

ROMAN NUMERALS I TO MM by Arthur  Geisert
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1996

"XXII Big balloons,'' when no more than XII are shown), this curiosity may bemuse more than it educates, but it does give graphic expression to some huge numbers, and so may find a use beyond the alphanumeric byway it explores. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Geisert (Haystack, 1995, etc.) draws upon legions of diminutive pigs to demonstrate the meanings and construction of roman numerals; tubby porculi trot and tussle—in swarms for the larger numbers—about farmyards, a playground, parkland, and a rather scanty junkyard. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE GIANT SEED by Arthur  Geisert
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2012

"This is a story of magic, etched with an everydayness that encourages readers to invite wonder, even bewilderment, into their lives. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A welcome addition to Geisert's gratifying series of wordless oddments features a volcano, a giant seed pod and, for sure, a bunch of pigs. Read full book review >

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OINK OINK by Arthur  Geisert
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1993

"A joyful adventure. (Picture book. 3-8)"
In a wordless sequel to the wordless Oink (1991), the eight piglets leave their sleeping mother and sally forth, using a handy wheeled chute as a seesaw to get over their pen's fence into a cornfield, where they garner ears of corn, then gleefully escape their pursuing mother for a picnic on a nearby island. Read full book review >