Search Results: "David Sloan Wilson"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 24, 2011

"The city of Binghamton tends to get lost in the many detours, but the side trips are mostly pleasurable, informative and worthwhile."
An evolutionary biologist applies his science to making the city of Binghamton, N.Y., a better place to live, and in the telling, illuminates evolution and spells out his efforts to increase understanding of it. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 3, 2007

"A clear, concise description of how evolutionary theory works, ardently argued by a True Believer."
Evolutionary theory can help answer questions about issues ranging from the behavior of a virus to international relations and religion. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2009

"A crisp, colorful examination of the case that established the formidable power of the federal judiciary."
Former Supreme Court clerk and Slate publisher Sloan and veteran political aide McKean (co-authors: Tommy the Cork: Washington's Ultimate Insider from Roosevelt to Reagan, 2003) bring to life one of the most important legal cases in American history. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

Left Field by David Wilson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 5, 2016

"Raw and compelling; a story well told of a vital and varied life in a war-torn region."
The British-born founder of an international nonprofit organization traces his activism in this debut memoir. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE SEVEN VOYAGES OF SINBAD THE SAILOR by Said
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 1, 2015

"Ageless yarn-spinning, if not quite so laced with thrilling melodrama as John Yeoman and Quentin Blake's rendition (1997). (Folk tales. 10-13)"
Bright-eyed beneath a huge, floppy turban, an ever optimistic merchant sets out again and again on rocky roads to riches in this lighthearted version of the classic Arabian Nights adventures, from two Iranian expats.Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE PRINCESS PLOT by Kirsten Boie
ADVENTURE
Released: May 1, 2009

"Reminiscent of Philip Pullman's Tin Princess (1994) in setting, and also in being clever, quick-paced and well stocked with Royals, Boie's U.S. debut carries a full load of reader appeal. (Fiction. 10-13)"
Boie shows why she's such a popular novelist in Germany, with a tale so engaging that readers will shrug off the contrivances she needs to bring it all off. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

PIZZICATO by Rusalka Reh
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 8, 2011

"Despite potentially confusing bits—from repeatedly-mentioned 'brown patches' on Mey-Mey's neck and hand that turn out to be calluses rather than birthmarks to everyone's sudden and inexplicable loss of interest in the violin's magic at the end—the tale's steady predictability will keep less-demanding readers engaged. (Fantasy. 10-12)"
Well-worn character types and plot devices may earn the first juvenile title in Amazon's new line of imports a little traction with fans of Cornelia Funke's mysteries. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"Still, most of these illustrations and examples are striking without being sensationalistic; both thrill seekers and children seeking some perspective on death or grief will find this rewarding reading. (index, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 11-13)"
Sloan (SuperCroc and the Origins of Crocodiles, not reviewed, etc.) surveys funerary customs around the world, from both archaeological and anthropological standponts. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 24, 2012

"Sloan writes expertly of the soldiers' courage battling the Japanese, but readers must search elsewhere (Richard Connaughton, H.P. Willmott) for the latest insight into the competence of their leader."
A skillful step-by-step description of the brutal and heroic but mismanaged 1941-42 campaign in the Philippines. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2005

"By Sloan's lights, Peleliu is perhaps the biggest unknown battle of the Pacific War—unknown, perhaps, because pointless. A lively reconstruction that does honor to the men who fought it."
A well-rendered account of Marines in combat on what must have been some of the worst acreage on earth. Read full book review >