Search Results: "Donald L. Barlett"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: July 31, 2012

"Readers must cling to the hope that things are not as bad as the authors claim."
An angry attack on Washington and the wealthy, asserting that their alliance has distorted the economy, shrunk the middle class and enriched the already rich. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 5, 2000

"If such changes are not made, the authors insist, democratic society will collapse, as it always does when 'taxes fall most onerously on those least able to pay.'"
An altogether rare bird: a book meant for a popular audience that actually speaks kindly of the IRS. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"But readers who don't have a special interest in the philosopher are likely to find this too narrow (and, at times, too much of a case of special pleading for a kinder, gentler Nietzsche) to be of use."
``For even if I should be a bad German,'' the peripatetic philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche wrote to his mother in 1886, ``I am at all events a very good European.'' This heavily illustrated volume marshals considerable evidence to demonstrate just how accurate that statement was: For much of his life, Nietzsche wandered restlessly around Europe, preferring to keep his distance from a Germany he found suffocatingly oppressive and second-rate. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1996

"Capitalism's pluses and minuses, the influence of the city, the responsibilities and limitations of government, the ferment that generates artistic creativity, and other very modern issues are made clearer by this epic history."
A picaresque biography of a picaresque city; a thick tome that, despite its weight, one puts down with reluctance. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 6, 2014

"A scholarly enough social history but one with plenty of sex appeal."
An award-winning historian surveys the astonishing cast of characters who helped turn Manhattan into the world capital of commerce, communication and entertainment. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

DUKE by Donald L. Davis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1998

"Despite thorough research, a book that adds little to our picture of Wayne. (27 b&w photos, not seen)"
Historian Davis (Southern Methodist Univ.) weighs in with another contribution to the recent spate of biographies of America's larger-than-life cowboy hero. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

STAN GETZ by Donald L. Maggin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1996

"Definitive in its documentation of Getz's career but less successful as an analysis of Getz's art. (25 b&w photos, not seen)"
Maggin (Bankers, Builders, Knaves, and Thieves: The $300 Million Scam at ESM, 1989) essays a definitive biography of the tenor sax great. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BATTLE READY by Mark L. Donald
Released: March 12, 2013

"Straightforward reflections on what it takes to be the most elite sort of soldier and the hidden costs of that life."
Life story of a warrior with an unusual dual specialty—Navy SEAL and combat medic—told with plainspoken stoicism. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 12, 1996

"A somewhat dry but workmanlike survey of its subject, with interesting sidelights on astronomers and their equipment. (8 pages b&w photos)"
The search for planets around other suns is one of the most daunting tasks astronomers have tackled; here two astronomers sum up the progress to date. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2014

"A beautifully written memoir with a spellbinding immediacy."
A haunting coming-of-age memoir by a woman who survived the traumatic experiences of war, internment in a Nazi labor camp and life as a displaced person with her faith in humanity intact. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIGMAMA'S by Donald  Crews
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 23, 1991

"A grand alternative to the plethora of predictable books about white kids visiting grandparents on stereotypical family farms. (Picture book. 4-8)"
Beginning with the ride on the old Southern Railway car ("colored" says the sign on the wall), the sights, sounds, and warm delights of a summer visit to Grandma in Crews's own childhood—a three-day trip from somewhere up north. Read full book review >