Search Results: "David Von Drehle"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 22, 1995

"A powerful argument that we should all avoid sloganeering about the death penalty and think more carefully about justice. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
Washington Post reporter Drehle (formerly of the Miami Herald) crafts a gripping narrative traversing the world of the death penalty. ``Twenty men have been sentenced to die under Florida's modern death penalty laws for every one who has been executed,'' he writes. ``Nothing but chance has separated those who live from those who died.'' Though he reviews (and refutes) the standard prodeath penalty arguments of deterrence and retribution, Drehle's concern is with the flawed system in practice. Read full book review >

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TRIANGLE by David Von Drehle
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Compelling, in-depth look at a tragedy that deserves to be better remembered. (8-page b&w insert, not seen)"
A vivid recounting of the 1911 blaze that until the World Trade Center attack was the worst workplace disaster in New York history. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 30, 2012

"A thoroughly engaging examination of the irreversible changes emerging from a year when the nation's very survival remained in doubt."
A historian zeroes in on the year Lincoln found his footing as president and set the country on a bold new course. Read full book review >

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THE STORY OF THE SNOW CHILDREN by Sibylle von Olfers
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 1, 2013

"An old-fashioned delight for new children. (Picture book. 4-7)"
A simple but richly imaginative tale in a tiny book with exquisite illustrations, translated from a 1905 German book. Read full book review >

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ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 25, 2006

"Otherwise, a sheer delight. (Picture book. 3-6)"
A stray cat appears on the porch, but runs away at the first sign of the human. Read full book review >

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QBISM by Hans Christian von Baeyer
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 3, 2016

"QBism remains controversial, but scientifically inclined readers will share von Baeyer's enthusiasm and come away with a feeling, if not a deep understanding, of quantum phenomena that doesn't require suspension of disbelief."
"There is a strangeness about quantum mechanics that is rooted not in its mathematical complexity but in the paradoxes and enigmas that have bedeviled it from birth." Since that birth 90 years ago, scientists regularly explain quantum physics, in all its weirdness, to the general public. Here's the latest. Read full book review >

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COPPER CROWN by Lane von Herzen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 16, 1991

First-novelist von Herzen's tale of an interracial friendship in early-20th-century rural Texas is based, in part, on oral history from the author's own forebears; and, indeed, there is a hearthside, grandmotherly, yarn-spinning rhythm to the telling of this story of tragedy and hardship, courage and love—all given a cosmic weight with ghosts slipping in and out. Read full book review >

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Released: July 1, 1998

"Readers are advised to follow Feynman's principle: Read until you don't understand, then go back and reread."
Von Baeyer (Physics/Coll. of William and Mary) offers assorted views of the —demon— and how he's been slain over time to preserve the sacred second law of thermodynamics. Read full book review >

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SHIVER by Hans Von Osten
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 3, 2010

"A rollicking satire."
A happy-go-lucky polygamist weds his way through post-war American history in this bawdy picaresque. Read full book review >

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THE UNFASTENED HEART by Lane von Herzen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 15, 1994

"An endearing tale, though von Herzen's characters are, for the most part, familiar members of the magical realism roster. (Literary Guild selection)"
This light but charming follow-up to Copper Crown (1991) is the whimsical story of a Southern California healer, her female clients, and their effect on her angelic daughter's first love affair. Read full book review >

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TIC ONLINE by Von Rashawn Coleman
Released: Jan. 29, 2013

"A jargon-heavy but tightly paced read that begs for a sequel."
Coleman's debut novel offers sci-fi action fans a robust, futuristic adventure. Read full book review >