Search Results: "David J. Silbey"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Feb. 27, 2007

"Ironic, bloody, full of foreshadowing: a solid work."
A big-picture account of an unremembered war that has uncomfortable parallels with ugly little wars that followed. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 20, 2012

"A fresh, accessible take on a crucial turning point for the modern Chinese state."
A succinct revisiting of the turn-of-the-century uprising that pitted Chinese recalcitrance against "imperial buccaneering." Read full book review >

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DAVID GARROW
by Gregory McNamee

Barack Obama has been portrayed as being many things over his life and political career. Some have thought him flippant, coasting by on charm and glibness. Others have thought him suspect. Admirers and detractors both have found him aloof, though very few have doubted the fact of his formidable intelligence.

And admirers and detractors alike have also found Barack Obama ...


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BOOK REVIEW

HUNGRY ROSCOE by David J. Plant
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 9, 2015

"A droll episode, with any lesson or moral beyond, maybe, 'try, try again' absent or well-buried. (Picture book. 5-7)"
Persistence pays off for an urban raccoon determined to upgrade his garbage-based diet. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

FIXED IN HIS FOLLY by David J. Walker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 15, 1995

"A tangled, moody debut with a decidedly dark view of religion and the religious (the author is a former Jesuit priest): a solid, sordid job of work."
Turbo-powered attorney Harriet (Happy) Mallory hires Chicago p.i. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 9, 2010

"Incisive and well-reported."
In this solid debut, USA Today global affairs reporter Lynch tells the story of a small nation that has changed profoundly in recent decades. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

TOUCH by David J. Linden
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"So surpassing does Linden make touch seem that even turning the pages of his book becomes a pleasurable experience."
A crisp reminder that the sense of touch is not to be taken lightly. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

HALF THE TRUTH by David J. Walker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 12, 1996

"Altogether more routine than Walker's first, though resourceful Mal shows some nifty moves with a parking ticket, a length of plumber's pipe, and the current issue of Good Housekeeping."
Where, oh where has violinist Sharon Cooper's wayward brother Jason gone? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 18, 2011

"In the meantime, Linden provides a fresh perspective on pleasure and confirms that those who suffer addictions are truly ill and not just weak-willed losers."
Journal of Neurophysiology editor in chief Linden (Neuroscience/Johns Hopkins Univ.; The Accidental Mind: How Brain Evolution Has Given Us Love, Memory, Dreams, and God, 2007) probes the anatomy of pleasure in this review of what happens in the brain when we "feel good." Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

The Psalmist wrote that although weeping would endure for the night, there would be joy when morning came. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"A trifle repetitive in a lawyerly way, but a thorough, often wryly funny, and closely argued work of legal and social history."
A well-wrought cautionary tale about the dangers of trying to impose morality by law. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 3, 2006

"A fascinating and vital, if lopsided, record of an important conflict in British military history."
Intimidatingly researched, Kenney's absorbing account of the Falklands War's iconic Battle of Goose Green manages the weight of its subject with sobriety and pathos, if not consistent objectivity. Read full book review >