Search Results: "Gene Allen Smith"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 22, 2013

"Smith illustrates clearly the plight of American slaves as they desperately struggled to gain their freedom and the lies, deception and deviousness their owners used to deny it."
Smith (History/Texas Christian Univ.; Thomas ap Catesby Jones: Commodore of Manifest Destiny, 2000, etc.) explains the War of 1812 from the viewpoint of the slaves who served both sides in the hope of attaining their freedom. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Readable but only half-satisfying pop-history—more for assassination buffs (Smith brings together many sources) than for fanciers of theater history. (B&w photos—not seen.)"
The Booth family's important place in theater history has often been overshadowed or obscured by the notoriety of John Wilkes. Read full book review >

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THE IDEA BROKERS by James Allen Smith
Released: Feb. 4, 1990

Smith, formerly a history professor at Brown, tells of the evolution of "think tanks" from small research groups of the early 1900's to today's large moneyed centers molding public opinion and advising politicians. Read full book review >

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THE INQUISITOR by Mark Allen Smith
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 17, 2012

"A breezy, involving thriller that handily overcomes any resistance to its grisly premise and leaves you hoping for the return of its oddly winning hero."
Geiger, a strange, dispassionate genius at torture who hires himself out to clients in need of high-level "information retrieval," must confront deeply repressed memories of his traumatic upbringing when a duplicitous client uses a young boy as a pawn. Read full book review >

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AN OLD FASHIONED 1 2 3 BOOK by Elizabeth Allen Ashton
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1991

"Well done: a pleasant way to revisit an old favorite, but too bad that the pictures' original contexts go unnoted. (Picture book. 3-8)"
Selecting more than a dozen of this much-imitated illustrator's charming, still-vibrant paintings, Ashton fashions appropriately traditional-sounding verse to link the art with the numbers from 1 to 10. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"This distinguished book merits a place on every shelf, not just those built to meet multicultural needs. (index, b&w photos and illustrations, not seen, bibliography) (Nonfiction. 9-12)"
Allen and Smith eschew polemics to deliver a collection of biographies marked by integrity and balance. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: March 26, 1992

The unnerving tale of Al Smith, a Fort Lauderdale police detective who went undercover as a hit man for hire, as told by crime writer McDonald (Blue Truth, 1991). Read full book review >

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BALLOON TREES by Danna Smith
CHILDREN'S
Released: Feb. 10, 2013

"Books for young listeners about how things are made are relatively rare; this one will stretch to fit a variety of goals. (Informational picture book. 4-7)"
No, these trees don't bear balloons, but they are the starting place for the production of these popular objects. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 15, 1996

"This is essential reading for anyone interested in the course of contemporary American Indian politics. (25 b&w photos, not seen)"
A well-documented, highly readable history of three turbulent years in the history of Native America. Read full book review >

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THE PICTURE HISTORY OF GREAT BUILDINGS by Gene Barretta
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 2008

"Introductory and summary remarks express the author's hopeful concern for future 'careful planning' and building of 'eco-friendly' cities. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Chock-full of facts and decorated with sketches of more than 100 great buildings, this whirlwind world tour provides an introductory reference to architecture. Read full book review >

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JACK THE TRIPPER by Gene Barretta
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 1, 2008

"Wodehouse with a dash of Gorey. (Picture book. 6-11)"
Devilish deeds at Benjamin Dizzie Elementary School. Read full book review >

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DEAR DEER by Gene Baretta
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"Beware: Children will gain not only prowess in recognizing homophones but also the ability to produce bad puns! (Picture book. 4-7)"
In the tradition of Fred Gwynne's A Chocolate Moose for Dinner (1976) comes this comic tale replete with homophones. Read full book review >