Search Results: "Bruce Cumings"


BOOK REVIEW

THE KOREAN WAR by Bruce Cumings
NON-FICTION
Released: July 27, 2010

"Few conservatives will change their minds, but Cumings makes a convincing case that Korea, not Vietnam, was the first modern war America entered abysmally ignorant of what it was getting into."
An eloquent, squirm-inducing account of the war's long background and murderous destruction, which began well before the fighting. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"An immensely illuminating and accessible history of a strategic Pacific Basin outpost whose yesteryears are remarkable for sudden reversals of fortune and arresting discontinuities. (maps, color and b&w photos, not seen)"
An elegantly informative account of Korea's convulsive transformation from a cohesive, if authoritarian, agrarian society into a nation uneasily divided between the North's seemingly backward Marxist police state and the South's modern industrial showcase whose governance still owes much to dynastic, neo- Confucian principles. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

WAR AND TELEVISION by Bruce Cumings
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1992

"A provocative and intelligent analysis. (Illustrations—not seen.)"
An eloquent critique, from a politically progressive perspective, not only of TV's coverage of war but also of its treatment of topical and historical events and of ``politics in contemporary America—an imperious, camouflaged politics known best to those who transgress implicit limits, tread on unvoiced premises [and] traffic in the heterodox....'' Cumings (East Asian and International History/Univ. of Chicago) uses TV's coverage of Vietnam and the Gulf War as a way of analyzing the assumptions underlying its treatment of all sorts of political issues. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2004

"All in all, a persuasive argument that the axis-of-evil trope is as illusory as those elusive WMDs."
Is there an axis of evil? Perhaps, but its headquarters may be in Washington. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BAD NEWS! I’M IN CHARGE! by Bruce Ingman
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2003

"Fans of Jules Feiffer's recent excursions into the preteen id will find themselves on familiar ground here. (Picture book. 6-8)"
Unearthing a proclamation that makes him the boss of everything, a lad proceeds to make the best of it in this undiluted wish-fulfillment fantasy. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

LOST PROPERTY by Bruce Ingman
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 1998

"The story is not particularly new, but the pictures can be seen from the back of the room; the book works best as inspiration for children to put together their own scenes of comic domestic turmoil. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The mind behind When Martha's Away (1995) mines humor from the story of a family and a trail of disappearing objects. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BEACH BALL--LEFT, RIGHT by Bruce McMillan
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 1992

"Notes on the photography and the participants. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 3-7)"
A huge plastic ball appears on one side of each appealing double-spread photo here, with the added interest of a child (playing at the shore); an artist; a dog; a fire truck; or simply the foaming surf. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MUTANT MANTIS LUNCH LADIES! by Bruce Hale
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 7, 2017

"'Freakity freaking freakiness!' (to quote Carlos) on a high and gleeful level. (Horror. 8-10)"
Seasoned fourth-grade monster hunters Carlos and Benny find heaping helpings of horror in the lunchroom. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

MONSTERS EAT WHINY CHILDREN by Bruce Kaplan
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 31, 2010

"There's nothing to whine about here. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Cartoonist and TV writer Kaplan delivers a witty, tightly controlled picture-book debut brimming with humor. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THIS GUM FOR HIRE by Bruce Hale
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"From title to tailpiece—a view of Chet as the charging figure atop the 'Weisenheimer Trophy'—this eye-rolling escapade will give the redoubtable reptile's growing legion of fans yet more reason to cheer and chortle. (Fiction. 8-11)"
Fourth-grade gumshoe Chet Gecko checks in for his sixth pun-ishing caper. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

SAILAWAY HOME by Bruce Degen
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 1996

"Perfect for toddlers showing their first signs of independence. (Picture book. 3-6)"
The fantastic adventures of a little pig who ``leaves'' his parents in order to fight pirates, to fly on a butterfly, and to ``Sailaway, sailaway,/Over the foam./Blow with the gale away,/Bail with a pail away,/Hitch to a whale, and then/Sailaway home.'' The rhymes always follow the same short and bouncy pattern; the animals look like toys, and the adventures are always rooted in a domestic setting. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DAY OF THE DUCKLINGS by Bruce McMillan
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Still, the concept is intriguing and should lead to further exploration. (author's note, short bibliography) (Nonfiction. 6-8)"
In order to help endangered eider ducks and to restore an island to its natural state, the Icelandic government has given a family permission to collect eggs of wild birds and raise them for release. Read full book review >