Search Results: "Chet Brassart"


BOOK REVIEW

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"Beautifully composed—but done in by dogma."
Raymo, science writer (Honey From Stone, 1987, etc.) and novelist (In the Falcon's Claw, 1989), zigzags between beauty and bombast in this collection of 21 rambling essays on ``the soul of science.'' Scientists, as Raymo notes, can be ``grim, white-coated technicians wielding power without responsibility.'' What to do? Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"Occasionally repetitious, but a stirring account of bravery and fortitude. (maps and 8 pp. b&w photos)"
Exhaustive account of an early WWII battle and its aftermath, adroitly combining the testimony of 68 men who defended Wake Island and were held as POWs for almost four years. Read full book review >

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THE DORK OF CORK by Chet Raymo
Released: May 6, 1993

An improbable, sometimes inflated, but often amusing melodrama of the life and loves of a 43-inch Irish dwarf who's an amateur astronomer and soon-to-be-celebrated author—by astronomy professor and author Raymo (In the Falcon's Claw, 1990, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2004

"Celtic polytheism, Christian monotheism, and scientific rationalism, all tied neatly together into an Irish arabesque."
A natty physical and spiritual geography of Ireland's holy Mount Brandon. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 2, 2006

"Well written, congenial, and full of lore—about both England and the history of science."
A brief history of science, in the context of a walking tour along the Greenwich meridian. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

AS THOUGH I HAD WINGS by Chet Baker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 26, 1997

"Still, this is a morbidly fascinating window onto his hobbled genius."
A posthumous sliver of autobiography from one of the heroes of '50s jazz. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1998

"It's too bad Raymo wastes his energetic prose on such hackneyed notions and that for him the two disciplines can only coexist if religion is the handmaiden and science the master."
Another in the recent spate of arguments that scientists and theologians should pay attention to each other, by a latter-day Deist. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 19, 1995

"With its self-consciously writerly posture showing through, Long Time Coming doesn't really arrive."
A simplistic though at times touching autobiography refracted through the author's postmodern need to ``come to a broader understanding of how `self' can be described.'' On its face, Walker's chock-full story makes for good copy: born poor in segregated Mississippi; uprooted into northern integration; heavily recruited as a high school athlete; a college All-American; one of the first black NBA celebrities with the Philadelphia 76ers and then the world-champion Chicago Bulls; now a successful TV and film producer. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2003

"A little masterpiece combining the individual and the cosmic with a fine but unflinching eye: informative, captivating, heartfelt."
Raymo (Skeptics and True Believers, 1998, etc.) again proves himself a masterful scientist and affable guide as, simply by drawing on his daily walk to work, he shows how everything in the universe is connected to everything else. Read full book review >