Search Results: "Gary Sterne"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 6, 2014

"A glut of information impedes a view of the forest for the many trees."
A revision and amplification of the position of German defensive battlements on the Normandy beaches widens and deepens the questions surrounding the Overlord operation. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 27, 2017

"An overlong but well-researched history that shows how the War of 1812 created America's final separation from England."
Randall (Emeritus, History/Champlain Coll.; Ethan Allen: His Life and Times, 2014, etc.) elaborates on the war that shouldn't have been fought and that no one won or lost. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THOMAS JEFFERSON by Willard Sterne Randall
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 9, 1993

"A superlative contribution to Jeffersonian scholarship that rebuts some canards in recent literature (Fawn Brodie's sensational allegations about the President's personal life receive short shrift) while revealing the tensions latent in Jefferson's complex personality."
In the 250th anniversary year of Jefferson's birth, Randall (History/Univ. of Vermont) offers a brilliant, magisterial, and gracefully narrated biography of the sage of Monticello—a worthy successor to the author's Benedict Arnold (1990) and A Little Revenge (1984). Read full book review >

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GEORGE WASHINGTON by Willard Sterne Randall
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Not the landmark in storytelling and scholarship achieved by previous Washington biographers Douglas Southall Freeman and James Thomas Flexner, but an often penetrating narrative of Washington's formative influences."
Biographer Randall (Thomas Jefferson, 1993) adds another compelling figure to his portrait gallery of America's early leaders. Read full book review >

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ALEXANDER HAMILTON by Willard Sterne Randall
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 10, 2003

"A sturdy and readable life, in company with Randall's other portraits of the Revolutionary generation."
A revealing but measured biography of the younger Founding Father, who, to the horror of libertarians ever since, "[drew] up a blueprint for a relationship between government and money." Read full book review >

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ETHAN ALLEN by Willard Sterne Randall
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 2011

"Colorful, well-written and nuanced."
Randall (History/Champlain Coll.; Alexander Hamilton: A Life, 2003, etc.) delves beneath the myth to fashion the definitive biography of the frontier hero and founder of Vermont. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1998

"Well narrated, these thumbnail portraits vividly show the forgotten side of important struggles and issues in American history."
Renowned biographer Randall (Thomas Jefferson, 1993, etc.) and wife Nahra, an award-winning poet, here offer fascinating sketches of Americans who have unjustly been relegated to the footnotes of history. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THIS IS SILLY! by Gary Taxali
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2010

"Some kids may like the lilting rhymes and bold colors and patterns, but for the most part Taxali's vintage designs remain better suited for his already appreciative adult market. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Pop art and advertising-design nostalgia combine in a picture book that seems to see audience as secondary to presentation. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

YANKEE DOODLE by Gary Chalk
CHILDREN'S
Released: July 4, 1993

"Not essential, but a curiosity that may engage some readers (and impulse buyers). (Picture book. 5-9)"
The American Revolution, reenacted by mice and other animals on hobbyhorses, rather like Redwall's heroics; recounted in verse that can be sung to the mocking redcoat song the rebels defiantly adopted (``Redcoats were surprised to find/Us Yankees set on winning./At Lexington a shot rang out,/It was the war's beginning!''); and augmented with more facts and asides (``Does this mean they're going to free the slaves?'' asks a raccoon/Native American). Read full book review >

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RUMBLE WITH THE ROMANS by Gary Northfield
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 12, 2016

"Readers will applaud the Monty Python-esque exploits of this hoofed hero. Just don't call him a horse. (map) (Farce. 10-12)"
Fun and games in the Coliseum. Read full book review >

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PAINTING THE STORY OF A SONG WITH CHARLOTTE RILEY-WEBB
by Julie Danielson

Gary Golio’s newest picture book is, in many ways, the biography of a song. Strange Fruit: Billie Holiday and the Power of a Protest Song, illustrated by Charlotte Riley-Webb, tells the story of how Holiday and Abel Meeropol—the son of Jewish immigrants, who was himself outraged by discrimination against African Americans in the 1930s—joined forces to create one of the ...


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BOOK REVIEW

THE KARATE WAY by Gary Hellman
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2001

"His droll tone and humorous illustrations—don't miss the close-up of a mouth in a karate yell—keep the story from being didactic. (Picture book. 6-10)"
Sensei ("teacher" in Japanese) Hellman introduces what happens in a beginning karate class through the experiences of a boy whose mother takes him to his first class as a surprise. Read full book review >