Search Results: "Gil Reavill"


BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: April 21, 2005

"Inventiveness of personal responsibility is not Reavill's strong suit, but his concern for our visual and aural everyday has merit. Sex, as he states, should be the glittering sand on the beach, not the stuff kicked in our faces by thugs."
The author waves a yellow flag of warning at smut's bullying ubiquity in American popular culture, from the compromised position of being a cog in its wheel. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 22, 2013

"An exciting, comprehensive chronicle of one of the most pivotal events in mob history."
How honest New York State Trooper Ed Croswell crashed a special meeting of gangster elites in 1957 and exposed organized crime to a dozing American public. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: May 17, 2007

"For those drawn to the dark side of human experience (and equipped with strong stomachs), morbidly fascinating stuff and an essential addition to any True Crime reader's library."
After a grisly crime scene has been investigated by a small army of detectives, coroners and CSIs, who cleans up the mess? Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 21, 2016

"A well-made, evenhanded, sometimes cautionary story of business, told with the affection and exasperation of an insider."
Everyone's a wiener in this frank account by a scion of hot dog nobility. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 27, 2009

"An admirable mixture of death-defying polar treks and environmental awareness."
An earnest, cheerful memoir by an intrepid adventurer, the first to walk to both the North and South Poles. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

THE AGE OF CLINTON by Gil Troy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Both sympathetic and fair-handed, a solid examination of the 'Adversarial Supercouple' before the slide toward scandal and impeachment."
A contextual reassessment of the Bill Clinton presidency. Read full book review >

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FOUR SCORE AND FOUR by Gil Hahn
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 16, 2014

"A prodigious, fascinating effort that needs a stronger unifying narrative to make it more readable."
A comprehensive, detailed study of life, the economy, and politics in the United States on the eve of the Civil War. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 4, 1991

"Of interest for its historical perspective on today's media- based politicking, but Troy's formula of studying each campaign in order without fully explaining the issues of the day leads at times to a bloodless narrative too limited in scope."
Cerebral campaign-by-campaign account of how candidates have sought the presidency. Read full book review >

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KNIT ONE PEARL ONE by Gil McNeil
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 27, 2011

"May appeal to a niche readership with a high tolerance for tedium."
Third in a bland series about a British knit-shop owner. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1995

"Demanding but stimulating fare for those who believe that human events are ultimately responses to ideas and attitudes."
The director of the Florilogia Institute in Sonoma, Calif., uses literature, current events, and the Bible to argue that the efficacy of ritual violence in human affairs has been undermined by the Judaeo-Christian concern for the victim. Read full book review >

BOOK REVIEW

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 15, 1997

"Full of surprising and fascinating anecdotes, this is an absorbing look at an often-overlooked aspect of the modern presidency. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Emphasizing the increasingly complex political and cultural role of the First Lady, Troy (History/McGill Univ.; See How They Ran, 1991) takes an unusual look at the travails of ten modern presidential couples, from the Trumans to the Clintons. Read full book review >