Search Results: "Dave Zirin"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 27, 2014

"Millions will enjoy the World Cup and Olympics, but Zirin justly reminds readers of the real human costs beyond the spectacle."
How the real costs to democracy and the body politic that come from hosting a World Cup or Olympics outweigh the temporal joy that such events bring. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2007

"Zirin displays a witty writing style, but the book lacks focus and too often presents conclusions that, while provocative, aren't supported by sufficient evidence."
From sportswriter Zirin (What's My Name, Fool? Sports and Resistance in the U.S., 2005), an analysis of how the worlds of sports and politics collide. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"A smug, wearisome catalogue."
Sportswriter Zirin (Welcome to the Terrordome: The Pain, Politics, and Promise of Sports, 2007, etc.) looks through the eyes of the left at the political forces shaping the history of American sports. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 20, 2010

"Zirin rightfully chastises uncompromising free-market ideologues who happily accept social welfare. Now, if he could only make them listen."
Nation sports writer Zirin (People's History of Sports in the United States, 2008, etc.) continues his sports-themed muckraking with a blistering screed against the owners of major U.S. sports teams. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2013

"A damning indictment of all that is corrupting sports and a song of praise for athletes standing up for human rights and decency."
A well-told tale about the seamy mess that politics has brought to big-time sports. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 15, 2016

"A top-notch book about the Supreme Court. Zirin has his finger on its pulse, and he shows the rest of us how it works and how it doesn't."
A leading litigator engagingly explores what many readers already know: the Supreme Court votes along party lines. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DOGS ARE PEOPLE, TOO by Dave Coverly
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"'The secret to life is TREATS!' intones a canine yogi. With that, at least, even diapered dog devotees will concur. (Cartoons. 10-13, adult)"
A large collection of dog-themed cartoons from the creator of the syndicated panel "Speed Bump," punctuated with snapshots and fond reminiscences of his own real pooches. Read full book review >

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ODDREY JOINS THE TEAM by Dave Whamond
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 15, 2014

"A winning theme for the early sports shelf. (Picture book. 4-6)"
Oddrey and her friends learn about teamwork and fun on the soccer field in Whamond's newest offering about his kooky heroine. Read full book review >

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ODDREY AND THE NEW KID by Dave Whamond
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 15, 2013

"For Oddrey to remain odd, she is going to have to hear the beat of a far different drummer. (Picture book. 4-7)"
In Whamond's Oddrey's return, she must contend with a little touch of competition for the limelight. Read full book review >

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TWENTY-SIX PRINCESSES by Dave Horowitz
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2008

"Young readers and listeners of both sexes will laugh and agree. (Picture book. 5-7)"
A frog prince lets it be known that he's "receiving," and 26 applicants respond, from Princess Alice ("First to the palace") on through the rest of the letters. Read full book review >

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THE UGLY PUMPKIN by Dave Horowitz
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"He laughed and said: No Way'—and illustrated in brightly colored paint-and-paper collage, this weak riff on the 'Ugly Duckling' may not earn high marks for botanical accuracy (all pumpkins are squash), but it does feature plenty of visual flash. (Picture book. 6-8)"
A club-shaped pumpkin gets dissed by a customer, all the other pumpkins, even twisted apple trees, before the sight of a motley crop of hubbards, acorns and banana squash brings on a personal epiphany: "O my gosh / I'm a squash." Read full book review >

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NIGHT OF THE LIVING SHADOWS by Dave Coverly
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Ethically iffy there at the end but overall a lighter-than-air escapade with just a light wash of satire. (Graphic/fiction hybrid. 7-9)"
A Bird Scout scavenger hunt sends avian buddies Speed Bump and Slingshot into that scariest of all places…a shopping mall. Read full book review >