Search Results: "David Pietrusza"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"True crime, evil doings, and monumental double-crossing by the Irish, the Italians, the Jews, and the Machine in a savory account of the legendary bad old days."
Colorful biography of the crook who served as the model for Damon Runyon's Nathan Detroit and Scott Fitzgerald's Meyer Wolfsheim. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"A lively look at the underside of a campaign foreshadowing three successive presidencies that would end in assassination, failure and disgrace."
A historian revisits the exciting, close-run 1960 campaign. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"A skillful, authoritative investigation into one of the most famous presidential elections in U.S. history."
A careful dissection of Harry S. Truman's improbable presidential win reveals just how far behind the eight ball "Give ‘em Hell Harry" really was. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"A mesmerizing study in contrast and comparison."
A bifurcated, lively study of the year that saw the rise of the two most significant political figures of the early 20th century. Read full book review >

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1920 by David Pietrusza
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 7, 2007

"A hugely fascinating episode in American history, told with insight and great humor, by an author in command of his subject."
A rousing chronicle of the political year that saw six American presidents, past, present and future, vying simultaneously for high office. Read full book review >

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DANCE HALL by David Pietrusza
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 2014

"A prison story that plays more softball than hardball."
A small-time criminal becomes the star of the prison baseball team in this historical novel inspired by true stories about Sing Sing in the 1930s. Read full book review >

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DAVID OWEN
by Alex Layman

The American West has long been a place of myth and wonder, of dramatic canyons, mesas, and mountain ranges. These dramatic landscapes have wooed Americans for centuries, and The New Yorker’s David Owen isn’t immune to its siren song. Though Owen has lived in Connecticut for most of his adult life, he spent the summers of his youth in ...


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DAVID SAMUEL LEVINSON
by James McDonald

“I'm just furious,” David Samuel Levinson says, agitation lending his voice both energy and an edge. “I'm furious that we have to talk about this in 2017.” It was less than a month into the new administration when we discussed his novel, Tell Me How This Ends Well, and the dangerous implications for minority groups of ...


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LOVE YA
by Bobbi Dumas

Hi friends!

I don’t read a lot of Young Adult/New Adult books, but I’ve become a fan of Huntley Fitzpatrick.

I think I’ve read all of her books now (and hope a new one is coming out soon!).

I just finished What I Thought Was True, and I invite you all to read it!

Sometimes, with YA, I feel ...


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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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A READING YEAR: SOMETIMES A CHANGE OF PERSPECTIVE IS USEFUL
by J. Kingston Pierce

Last December, after posting my “favorite crime novels of 2015” list, I put together a rather different assessment of the year’s new offerings in this genre. Rather than confine myself to picking 10 books (all released in the United States) that I judged to have been particularly well-written and memorable—a traditional and potentially valuable, but admittedly limiting exercise—I expanded my ...


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PEEP AND DUCKY RAINY DAY by David Martin
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"Totally in tune with toddlers, this snappy read-aloud gets it right. (Picture book. 2-5)"
Rainy days are oh, so dreary, but not for Peep and Ducky. Read full book review >