Search Results: "Charles Leerhsen"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 10, 2011

"By the time the big race rolls around, Leerhsen has already spun a fascinating tale."
On the centennial of the Indy 500, controversy still reigns over who won the inaugural race, as this lively account of a tumultuous event makes plain. Read full book review >

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TY COBB by Charles Leerhsen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 12, 2015

"Cobb was indeed a bruised peach but, as the author shows convincingly, not a thoroughly rotten one."
The former executive editor of Sports Illustrated explores the idea that Tyrus Raymond Cobb (1886-1961), perhaps the greatest player in baseball history, was also a violent, racist, roundly hated person. Read full book review >

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THE LAST GREAT RIDE by Brandon Tartikoff
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 21, 1992

"Toothless—but its charm and celebrities and ideas about TV ensure a mild success before it, too, washes away."
Summerweight memoir about Tartikoff's many years at the helm of NBC. Read full book review >

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Released: May 1, 2008

"An uncritical but colorful picture of a offbeat character who convinced many that he was a genius."
Stage-magic historian Steinmeyer (Art and Artifice: And Other Essays of Illusion, 2006, etc.) examines the quirky life of Charles Fort (1874-1932). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY
Released: July 15, 2001

"This is not a piece that exactly pulls the reader along, but it is clear and informative and makes a creative life in science seem worthy and satisfying. (Biography. 10+)"
In the introduction to Patent's cogent, thoughtful biography of Charles Darwin, she explains his importance as an icon of science, for without his discovery of evolution through the mechanism of natural selection, "biology makes no sense." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"The language here is spare, even simple, but the images are complex, challenging in the way surrealist art defies ordinary perceptions, juxtaposing the whimsical and the frightening."
If it's permitted to speak of such a thing as a national character under our current tyranny of globalism, then there's a definite Eastern European, even Slavic, flavor to the entries in this collection. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1999

"Despite its often fannish tone, a biography that listens to Bukowski's all-night barroom anecdotes and then checks the facts the morning after. (b&w photos and illustrations, not seen)"
A soberly investigated picaresque life of the barfly author of Notes of a Dirty Old Man. Read full book review >

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CHARLES IVES by Jan Swafford
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1996

"A conscientious, intellectually honest sifting of the plentiful evidence, though undoubtedly not the last word on its subject."
A decent, thoughtful, and idealistic biography of American music's radical idealist. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"A good place to start for those new to Darwin's life and work."
A worthy one-volume life of the eminent—and blessedly lucky—naturalist. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHARLES DARWIN by Janet Browne
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 17, 2002

"A richly detailed, vivid, and definitive portrait with not a word wasted: the best life of Charles Darwin in the modern literature."
Continuing where Charles Darwin: Voyaging (1995) left off, the British science historian completes her brilliant two-volume biography. Read full book review >

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CHARLES DICKENS by Jane Smiley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 13, 2002

"A successful attempt to deepen the way we read Dickens, with clues to finding him in his own characters and words."
Pulitzer-winning novelist Smiley (Horse Heaven, 2000, etc.) brings her fluid prose to a fresh and insightful look, through a psychological lens, at the life of Dickens. Read full book review >

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CHARLES DARWIN by A.N. Wilson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"An illuminating new biography of a legendary figure in the scientific world whose legacy continues to draw reappraisals."
The prolific novelist and biographer probes the character and controversies of Charles Darwin's life and the controversial theory that turned the world on its head. Read full book review >