Search Results: "David C. Unger"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 16, 2012

"Though historians may not particularly value the book, Unger presents clear arguments about the futility of trying to make America invulnerable."
A compelling polemic wrapped in a shallow history. Read full book review >

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LIFE IN THE DAMN TROPICS by David Unger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2001

"With echoes of Mordecai Richler's antiheroic tales of urban Jewish life, Unger's downbeat exploration suggests that though success at the price of collaboration with evil is no success, when you meet the love of your life, you might as well live."
Despairing debut about the Jewish experience in 20th-century Central America that, though enlivened by innocent eroticism and comic absurdity, finds little to love in a sunny fool's paradise. Read full book review >

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THE MASTERMIND by David Unger
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 5, 2016

"The political elements in Unger's story become more gripping through the eyes of his flawed protagonist. He's especially good at subtly shifting the tone of the narrative so that danger signs build up around Guillermo before either he or the reader realizes."
Unger (The Price of Escape, 2011, etc.) bases his latest novel on the true story of a Guatemalan lawyer who planned his own murder in 2009, fleshing out the story with healthy shots of sex and corruption.Read full book review >

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THE GIRL FROM CHIMEL by Rigoberta Menchú
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Younger readers may find the tales, and some of the anecdotes, of interest, but adults will respond most strongly to these misty reminiscences—and to the poignant undertone added by Menchú's hints of ensuing troubled times. (Autobiography. 8-10)"
The Nobel Peace Prize-winner offers a set of disconnected episodes from an idyllic Guatemalan childhood, occasionally animated by poetic flights of language—"My grandfather walked and walked. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FICTION
Released: March 1, 2010

"Colón's exquisitely textured, full-page and border watercolor-and-pencil illustrations and such pleasing design details as flying birds and suns complete this gorgeous collection. (Folktales. 3 & up)"
A successful Mexican-American bookseller makes his debut as a writer with this bilingual collection of seven folktales from Spanish and Latin-American lore. Read full book review >

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THE HONEY JAR by Rigoberta Menchú
by Rigoberta Menchú, Dante Liano, illustrated by Domi, translated by David Unger
ANIMALS
Released: March 1, 2006

"This collection by a Nobel Peace Prize winner is a first-purchase addition to any library that includes African legends and myths, Native-American how and why stories and the literary tales of Rudyard Kipling. (Folktales. 8-10)"
Grandmother Moon, Grandfather Sun, Mother Earth and Father Sun all have a part to play in this collection of a dozen Mayan myths that reveal the nature of events, animals and even humans that inhabit the earth. Read full book review >

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FIRST FACTS ABOUT AMERICAN HEROES by David C. King
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"A well-organized, skillful presentation. (chronology, bibliography, index) (Nonfiction. 10+)"
This entry in the First Facts series offers colorful snapshot biographies of 42 Americans in several accessible sections: ``Colonial America,'' ``American Revolution,'' ``Early United States,'' ``Civil War Era,'' ``Heroes of the West,'' ``Early Twentieth Century,'' and ``America Since 1950.'' Each section is introduced by a description of the era and a chronology of significant events. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NIGHT LIFE by David C. Taylor
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2015

"Taylor, a seasoned writer for TV and film, makes a strong debut with the first in a series of novels featuring a hard-edged but properly vulnerable detective."
Life for NYPD detective Michael Cassidy is black and Red all over in this thriller set during the McCarthy era of the 1950s. Not only does he have a murder to solve, he's also got to rid himself of the curse of Commie-baiting superlawyer Roy Cohn. Read full book review >

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GOD IS A PARTICLE? by David C. Peterson
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 26, 2017

"A provocative and well-researched stand for intelligent design, weakened somewhat by overconfident conclusions."
A debut book argues that recent discoveries in science confirm the existence of God and a transcendently purposeful life. Read full book review >

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WHEN CORPORATIONS RULE THE WORLD by David C. Korten
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"A communitarian tract longer on anticorporate bias than constructive proposals as to how a new age might be ushered in."
In this quixotic manifesto, development consultant Korten (founder of a Manhattan-based organization called the People- Centered Development Forum) has rather a lot to say against multinational corporations and for empowered communities sustaining themselves with traditional values and the judicious use of local resources. Read full book review >