Search Results: "David E. Gumpert"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 4, 2013

"Enriched with historical references ranging from Pasteur to de Tocqueville, this is an accessible, if at times exhaustively detailed, work valuable for its reportage of incidents that have remained largely unknown to the average citizen."
A blogger and advocate journalist stacks the deck against the government's over-regulation of food, employing salient stories of individuals "entangled in the enforcement crackdown" amid their efforts to provide nutrient-dense products, including raw milk and fermented foods. Read full book review >

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HISTORY
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"B&w photos; extensive chapter notes; sources for further information; further reading; index. (Nonfiction. 10+)"
An excellent, balanced overview of gun control in the US. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 11, 2005

"Completely captivating."
A fascinating slice of Hawaiian history, investigated with scholarly rigor by Stannard (American Studies/Univ. of Hawaii; American Holocaust, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"Zesty popular science, with a nice blend of historical lore and personal observation."
A terrific popular history of hurricanes by cosmochemist and novelist Fisher (Marine Geology and Geophysics/Univ. of Miami; The Wrong Man, 1993). Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2001

"Great stuff: inspiring indeed."
A marvelous history of American invention, profiling George Washington Carver (industrial uses of agricultural products) and including six women: Sally Fox (naturally colored cotton), Marie-Claire King (advances in breast cancer), Stephanie Kwolek (Kevlar), and logician Erna Schneider Hoover (the computerized telephone switching system) among them. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: June 5, 2012

"A must-read for policy wonks and a good primer on how American power works beyond our borders."
A bracing rejoinder to those who think Barack Obama is a wimp, to say nothing of anti-American. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Vivid and relentless, combining a formidable array of primary sources with meticulous analysis—a devastating reassessment of the Conquest as nothing less than a holy war, one that continues today from Guatemala to the sands of Arabia."
Yet another take on Columbus and his ilk, this one placing him in a Christian context of intolerance and genocidal tendencies; by Univ. of Hawaii historian Stannard (The Puritan Way of Death, 1977; Shrinking History, 1980, etc.). Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2005

"Given Dowding's extracurricular activities, one can understand why Churchill canned him. Still, Fisher's portrait of the dotty Dowding is a pleasure to read."
Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of the hyperrational Sherlock Holmes, believed in fairies and ghosts. Why should a pioneer of radar defense systems not have done the same? Read full book review >

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WOMEN WARRIORS by David E. Jones
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

A full yet readable historical survey of women at war that convincingly shows females have long been soldiers and military leaders. Read full book review >

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THE BILLION DOLLAR SPY by David E. Hoffman
NON-FICTION
Released: July 7, 2015

"An intricate, mesmerizing portrayal of the KGB-CIA spy culture."
A thoroughly researched excavation of an astoundingly important (and sadly sacrificed) spy for the CIA during the low point of the 1970s. Read full book review >

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POPULATION by David E. Newton
NONFICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Source notes; bibliography; index. (Nonfiction. 12+)"
An impressively well-balanced account of a life-or-death issue: Is each new person an asset or a liability to life on earth? Read full book review >