Search Results: "Christopher Ricks"


BOOK REVIEW

DYLAN’S VISIONS OF SIN by Christopher Ricks
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 18, 2004

"A diverting and occasionally revelatory stroll through a master's work, but one that will have a difficult time finding an audience."
A gifted poetry critic takes on the lyrics of rock bard Bob Dylan. Read full book review >

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HIPPIE BOY by Ingrid Ricks
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"In clear, graceful prose and in a voice that is refreshingly authentic, Ricks tells an uplifting story of heartbreak, hope and self-salvation."
A memoirist's account of growing up in a devout yet completely dysfunctional Mormon home. Read full book review >

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MAKING THE CORPS by Thomas E. Ricks
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"A revelatory briefing on what sets the USMC apart and the consequences of its superiority during a postCold War era when, for all the talk of peace dividends, the wider world remains an armed and dangerous place. (16 pages photos, maps, not seen) (Radio satellite tour)"
Wall Street Journal Pentagon correspondent Ricks effectively combines a vivid account of the rigorous basic training received by US Marine recruits with commentary on what separates the demanding, disciplined culture of America's military elite from the more permissive culture of its civilian society. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 30, 2012

"Informed readers, especially military buffs, will appreciate this provocative, blistering critique of a system where accountability appears to have gone missing—like the author's 2006 bestseller, Fiasco, this book is bound to cause heartburn in the Pentagon."
Foreign Policy contributing editor Ricks (The Gamble: General David Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2006-2008, 2009, etc.) assesses the state of generalship in the U.S. Army and finds it wanting. Read full book review >

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THE SADDEST TOILET IN THE WORLD by Sam Apple
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 7, 2016

"How many toilet-training manuals take the toilet's side? (Picture book. 3-5)"
Feeling hurt because young Danny refuses to sit on it, a toilet heads for…browner pastures. Read full book review >

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STINKBOMB & KETCHUP-FACE AND THE BADNESS OF BADGERS by John Dougherty
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A study in parodic mayhem. (Fiction. 7-11)"
Upon orders from the king of Great Kerfuffle, white siblings Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face embark on a taleworthy quest to rid their home of mischievous badgers. Read full book review >

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A SOLDIER’S DUTY by Thomas E. Ricks
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 22, 2001

"Fast, sharp, and tight: a winner."
A Pentagon thriller from military journalist Ricks (Making the Corps, 1997), who weaves a crooked tale of ambition, deceit, and treason out of the dull khaki strands of Army life. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2007

"A valuable account, closing with a moving précis of the fate of the Pearl's people and their descendants."
Readable re-creation of a little-known episode in the long struggle to abolish slavery in America. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SCHOOL IS ALIVE! by Jack Chabert
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 24, 2014

"Good idea but uneven execution. (Horror. 7-10)"
Ghosts, hall monitors and a strange old guy come together in this chapter book for new readers. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DON'T THROW IT TO MO! by David A. Adler
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 5, 2015

"A diverse cast of football players, including a pigtailed girl and a proudly centered African-American protagonist, adds interest, but the plot's flaws may put off even young football fanatics. (Early reader. 4-7)"
Mo is one football-crazy little boy. Read full book review >