Search Results: "Ben Thompson"


BOOK REVIEW

RICHARD THOMPSON by Patrick Humphries
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 24, 1997

"Unable to keep his critical eye in soft focus, Humphries finally offers a work that could as easily be produced by stitching together a dozen record reviews and a Rolling Stone interview. (30 photos, not seen)"
This biography of the quintessential ``musicians' musician'' by Englishman Humphries (Small Change: A Life of Tom Waits, 1990, etc.) is too much the work of a music critic and too little the work of an accomplished biographer. Read full book review >

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SNOWSHOE THOMPSON by Nancy Smiler Levinson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 30, 1992

Based on a historical character, a Norwegian who came to 1850's California, a story about some of the earliest skis in the US. Read full book review >

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TITANIC THOMPSON by Kevin Cook
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 22, 2010

"Whether a colorful trickster or amoral predator, Thompson becomes an irresistible folk legend in Cook's capable hands."
Former Sports Illustrated editor Cook (Driven: Teen Phenoms, Mad Parents, Swing Science and the Future of Golf, 2008, etc.) provides a raucous retelling of the life of a consummate gambler, grifter and quintessential American character. Read full book review >

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KAY THOMPSON by Sam Irvin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 2, 2010

"An extremely entertaining chronicle of one of the most distinctive and absurdly gifted personalities in the history of show business."
Funny-faced girl makes good: the extraordinary career of Kay Thompson (1909-1998). Read full book review >

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FRANK THOMPSON by Bryna Stevens
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 30, 1992

"List of sources; period photos & prints; index. (Biography. 10-14)"
Facing an unwanted marriage, Emma Edmonds ran away, escaping pursuit by donning man's clothing and joining the Union army. Read full book review >

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BEN-GURION by Anita Shapira
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 25, 2014

"A brief but full-color biography of an essential leader."
In her valuable new biography, Shapira (Emerita, Humanities/Tel Aviv Univ.; Israel: A History, 2012) provides a concise appraisal of a founding father of the nation that was once only the dream of generations.Read full book review >

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BLACKWATER BEN by William Durbin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Nov. 11, 2003

"Careful research does not automatically equal a great story, and an afterword about logging in the United States still doesn't help this make the cut. (Fiction. 10-12)"
In the winter of 1898, Ben joins his father at a northern Minnesota logging camp. Read full book review >

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ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 12, 2013

"The maundering rhetoric, all 'dudes' and 'balls-out' and 'badass,' gets old fast, but Thompson's grasp of history is solid. Think of it as Thucydides for video gamers."
History for the Ted Nugent set—a follow-up to Badass: A Relentless Onslaught of the Toughest Warlords, Vikings, Samurai, Pirates, Gunfighters, and Military Commanders to Ever Live (2009). Read full book review >

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THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR by Ben Thompson
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"An easy, breezy series opener that should help create a few new history buffs. (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Blogger and author Thompson gamely takes on the task of exciting young readers about the American Civil War. Read full book review >

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BEN & ZIP by Joanne Linden
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2014

"This boardwalk frolic proves even small fries can solve big mysteries. (Picture book. 4-8)"
A beachside lost-and-found adventure, told from a kid's point of view. Read full book review >

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BRAVE BEN by Mathilde Stein
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 31, 2006

"Wry, but unexceptional, text-heavy odyssey, with a nice lesson. (Picture book. 2-6)"
Young Ben gains confidence with the help of some enchanted forest creatures. Read full book review >

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BIG BEN by Sarah Ellis
by Sarah Ellis, illustrated by Kim LaFave
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2001

"The sweet after the sour: Perhaps Ben will have that leftover Chinese food as a midnight snack. (Picture book. 2-5)"
It's not easy to be darling and genuine, but this story from Ellis manages both without a hitch. Read full book review >