Search Results: "David Von Drehle"


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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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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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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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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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NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

Among other contributions to civilization, the Far East can claim credit for a handbook of down-and-dirty tricks known as The 36 Stratagems. Read full book review >

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FOUR FLAGS by Ray von Rosenberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 14, 2009

"While in need of polishing and at times lapsing into straight historical note-taking, the novel is a compelling, at times humorous, means of experiencing important checkpoints in history."
Von Rosenberg's debut novel explores war-torn life in Russia, Prussia, Texas and Mexico in the days of Napoleon. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"He eventually became a full-time transvestite and opened a museum devoted to the GrÅnderzeit, where he continues to work today."
Charlotte von Mahlsdorf was born Lothar Berfelde in 1928, in the village of Mahlsdorf near Berlin. Read full book review >

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GHOST POINTS by Geffrey Von Gerlach
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 11, 2004

"More ambition than style, but a thought-provoking read."
A doctor resuscitates a suicide victim's life-and mind. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"That story is better told elsewhere, most recently Ramachandra Guha's India After Gandhi (2007)."
Tepid account of the end of the Raj, though with a little imperialist-colonialist hanky-panky thrown in for good measure. Read full book review >