Search Results: "Douglas Waller"


BOOK REVIEW

Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"A worthy read for aviation and military-history buffs."
Pilot, patriot, and popinjay: a thoroughgoing account of Billy Mitchell's now-forgotten fall from grace. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Waller keeps the interest high and the pages turning in one of the more interesting spy books this year."
Former Newsweek and Time correspondent Waller expands on his earlier biography of the Office of Strategic Services founder (Wild Bill Donovan, 2011, etc.) with a history of the four men who worked for Donovan in the European theater.Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 8, 2011

"A wholly satisfying biography of the man whose vision continues to guide American intelligence operations—both the daring and unconventional thinking and the delusions."
An exhaustive but never dull account of the founder of America's original intelligence agency, the Office of Strategic Services (OSS). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1998

"An eye-opening account of how our new vastly reduced, gentrified navy works, short of recruits, given more global peacetime missions than ever by civilian officials concerned with the military as an equal-opportunity employer."
Varied views from the cockpits of Navy planes and the ultracompetitive flight schools that process the best-trained flyers in the world. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 10, 2001

"Military buffs and would-be submariners will thrill with patriotic pride; others may wonder—as do some of the crew—is this trip necessary?"
A correspondent for Time magazine depicts a US nuclear sub and the demands made on its crew in such detail that the enemy (whoever that might be) could use it for a blueprint. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 25, 1994

"An evenhanded appreciation of special forces and their varied roles in a Global Village that, despite the USSR's collapse, falls well short of being a peaceable kingdom. (First serial to Newsweek; Main Selection of the Military Book Club)"
From a Newsweek correspondent who's seen them in action on a number of fronts: an absorbing and informative briefing on the American military's elite but covert forces Drawing mainly on personal observations and interviews with over 200 of the roughly 46,000 soldiers, sailors, and airmen who comprise the US Special Operations Command, Waller focuses on four outfits—the Army's Delta Force and Green Berets, the Navy's SEALs, and the so-called cowboys who fly the Pave Low helicopters that, among other missions impossible, put commando units where they have to be by day or night. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2003

"An informal, often entertaining excursion in the history of science."
An iconoclastic, decidedly revisionist look at the hit-or-miss business of science. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2003

"Colorful period details (Mary introduced chintz and blue china) and vivid portraits of legendary figures like the great Duke of Marlborough: lively, instructive history."
Densely detailed biographies of the Protestant sisters who betrayed their Catholic father James to become queens of England. Read full book review >

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1700 by Maureen Waller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2000

"Here's material for many a budding picaresque romance. It's an expedition in time, educational and entertaining, and more edifying, surely, than a visit to Bedlam."
Londoner Waller offers a journey to another age and another London. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"The groaning shelves of books about English royalty hardly require another volume, but at least Waller's take is refreshingly feminist."
Glossy, deeply detailed, occasionally repetitious comparative examination of the six queens who have ruled England in their own right. Read full book review >

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THE FORBIDDEN ORCHID by Sharon Biggs Waller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Well-researched and filled with adventure, romance, and lots of tension—this work of historical fiction has all the elements of an intriguing read. (Historical fiction. 12 & up)"
In this coming-of age tale set in 1861, Waller deftly straddles England and China and weaves in historical highlights of plant hunting, the opium trade, and environmental activism. Read full book review >

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THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY by Robert James Waller
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 13, 1992

"The publisher, promising a big push, clearly expects its silly goose to lay a golden egg, and, who knows, maybe it will."
Here's a Hallmark card for all those who have loved and lost: a mushy memorial to a brief encounter in the Midwest. Read full book review >