Search Results: "Herman J. Mankiewicz"


BOOK REVIEW

THE CITIZEN KANE BOOK by Pauline Kael
Released: Oct. 28, 1971

"Miss Kael's piece is, expectably, spankingly entertaining as well as informative and the dual project will have its new-old appeal."
The only name that doesn't belong above is that of Orson Welles', for if Citizen Kane was not only his greatest movie but is still as fresh as the day that it opened, he had nothing to do with "The Shooting Script" which, along with takes from it, and notes by Gary Carey, constitute three quarters of this book. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 10, 1993

"A troubling mix of violence, ignorance, and courage: a valuable piece of Americana. (Sixteen b&w photographs, one map- -not seen)"
A century after being written, vivid memories of the Civil War and the American frontier see the light of day. Read full book review >

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Released: May 5, 2015

"This often entertaining survey of recent African political history should interest both scholars and laypeople."
Retired diplomat Cohen (Intervening in Africa, 2000) provides insight into the tension between dictatorship and democracy in post-colonial Africa. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

"Like Yoshiko Uchida's The Invisible Thread (1991), this memoir is an outstanding contribution to children's literature about World War II, illustrating the astonishing ability of human beings to survive and overcome years of displacement, internment and exile. (Memoir. 10 & up)"
When Japan invaded the Dutch East Indies in 1942, four-year-old Annelex's comfortable colonial world turned upside down. Read full book review >

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BEN NIGHTHORSE CAMPBELL by Herman J. Viola
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 1993

"Viola neither lionizes nor challenges Campbell's machismo—and this moral neutrality makes for a curiously old-fashioned biography, informative but ultimately unsatisfying. (Forty b&w photographs—not seen)"
An uncritical biography of the new US senator from Colorado, the only Native American serving in Congress. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2014

"A candid, straightforward account of one man and his rise from rags to riches."
The lifelong journey from shoeshine boy to construction mogul. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1997

"Those searching for a clear, persuasive introduction to the way in which battle shaped new strategies and a new idea of war could find no better or more compelling guide. (History Book Club selection)"
A succinct, clear, useful review of the battles and campaigns of the Civil War, and of the strategies that shaped them. Read full book review >

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THE TROJAN SEA by Richard Herman
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Richly rounded characters on a ride as swift and surely aimed as a guided missile."
A military thriller about oil exploration and international conspiracy, from the author of Edge of Honor (1999), etc. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2001

"Good fun—and an inspiration for readers to return to Shakespeare on their own."
An enjoyable memoir of late-life crisis, spiritual awakening, close reading, and all sorts of matters Shakespearean. Read full book review >

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THE TEARS OF THE MADONNA by George Herman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 1996

"A delight in what we hope will be an ongoing series."
In the second of a series (begun with A Comedy of Murders, 1994), the setting is once again Renaissance Italy and the sleuths are Leonardo da Vinci and his more than worthy sidekick, the learned dwarf Niccolo. Read full book review >

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THE CAINE MUTINY by Herman Wouk
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 21, 1951

"The last part of the book, the Court Martial and its aftermath, seems slightly anticlimactic, but all in all this stands out as perhaps the most important novel of the war in the Pacific."
This has the sombre and dramatic values of Mister Roberts. Read full book review >